Our mission and goals
The mission of Horizons at St. Richard’s Episcopal School is to close the summer learning gap for Indianapolis kids from low-income families through:
Intensive academic enrichment from Pre-K to 8th grade
Fun learning environment
Lifesaving swim lessons
Year-round support for families
Every summer, we see our students grow in amazing ways. Here are some of our measurable goals:
Students will achieve an average gain of 2-3 months in math and reading skills
All students will participate in swimming and improve by at least two skill levels from the Red Cross
We will achieve a minimum of 90% student attendance
80% of students will self-report that they are more aware of how to eat a nutritious diet
A national model for learning
Horizons at St. Richard's Episcopal School began in 1996 with a group of people committed to reversing summer learning loss. Over the course of 22 years, Horizons at SRES has transformed from a small summer program with just one grade level to a program of 150 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
In the future, we plan to grow so that we can serve even more children in Indianapolis who can benefit from high quality summer programming.
Horizons at SRES does not function in isolation. At the heart of our program is our partnership with St. Richard's Episcopal School. SRES saw a need in their community for quality summer programming and chose to sponsor and house Horizons. We are very thankful and appreciative of this partnership!
Additionally, we work with Trinity Episcopal Church, Butler University, and our Partner Schools: Indianapolis Public Schools #43, #48, #60 and the Oaks Academy. Our relationship with these partners allows us to share resources, hold important dialogues, and develop innovative programming for a population of students often neglected in the summer months.
Horizons National was formed in 1995 to replicate the original Horizons program, which began over 50 years ago to serve low-income students in Norwalk and Stamford, CT. Today the network spans from coast to coast, with 52 programs in 17 states and growing. In the next three years, Horizons seeks to more than double the number of students served, with the goal to have the capacity to serve 10,000 students.
Horizons National is based in Connecticut and supports its affiliates with training for staff and board, funding opportunities, and additional services.