Right here in Greenwich, the pandemic is widening the opportunity and achievement gaps for young children. Horizons at Brunswick School works to close these troubling gaps and reduce inequities for K-8th grade Greenwich public school boys from under-resourced communities.
Summer 2021 students will learn and grow at Horizons’ in-person, six-week academic and enrichment summer program. And, on six Saturdays during the school year, students participate in educational programming. Their families also receive information resources.
Because Horizons at Brunswick’s oldest boys have now reached 8th grade, we are proud that, for the first time, we will have a fully enrolled summer program, with 130 deserving Greenwich public school boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8 who qualify for federal free or reduced-price lunch and perform at or below grade level at program entry.
Through a balance of academics, enrichment, swimming, recreational sports, and confidence-building activities, Horizons at Brunswick School instills in each student the joy of learning, the skills for success, and the inspiration to realize his dreams.
Essential to the success of the Horizons at Brunswick School program are three differentiating factors: An early start in Kindergarten, academic continuity through the summer months, and up to a nine-year commitment to every student.
“Horizons at Brunswick School gives students confidence, because they get an extra leg up in their academic skills during the summer,” said Horizons at Brunswick School Kindergarten co-teacher Devan Zadrozny. “They do leave here feeling ready to tackle the next grade and feeling a lot more confidence in themselves.”
We do our very best to cover all the bases: Math and reading specialists work alongside experienced teachers during our summer and school-year programs. We provide important water-skills instruction and this summer will provide enrichment opportunities on campus rather than leaving campus. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided to our food-insecure students for nutrition, to help sustain engagement, and improve results.
Horizons at Brunswick School’s program is a true testament to the impact made when Greenwich Public Schools and Brunswick School team together to help improve the educational outcomes of Greenwich boys in need. With its strong commitment to community outreach, Brunswick School generously provides in-kind gifts such as the use of its space and pool, but no direct financial support. All other expenses are entirely funded by private philanthropy.
There is ample evidence that Horizons works: The program achieves a 96% annual retention rate and a 95% or higher in-person daily attendance rate. Horizons students gain an average of 8-12 weeks in reading and math skills over each 6-week summer session. “Horizons at Brunswick School is preparing for a summer that will make a monumental impact,” said Academic Director Marianne Ho Barnum.
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