Serving Children from the Red Bank, NJ community on the campus of The Rumson Country Day School

The Challenge

All children deserve the opportunity to succeed. But it’s harder than ever to find a path out of poverty without a college education or technical training. 

  • Low-income students are six times more likely to drop out of high school and fewer than one third of them will enroll in college 
  • A 6th grade student who misses more than 20% of class, whose teacher reports poor behavior, or who fails math or English is 70% more likely to drop out
  • The current high school dropout rate is a primary contributor to stagnating U.S. economic mobility and results in over $300 billion in lost wages, taxable income, and health care, welfare and incarceration costs
  • While states and the nation are trying to produce workers with skills to master new technologies and adapt to complexities of a global economy, school budgets have become tighter than ever
  • Summer learning loss is a primary cause of the persistent academic achievement gap.

Without programs like Horizons, low-income students experience a substantial and cumulative erosion of reading and math skills that can ultimately leave them years behind their peers.

What is summer learning loss? Watch this video:

“I believe that our experience demonstrates … that schools alone, conceived in our current early-20th-century model, are too weak an intervention, if our goal is to get all students to high levels of achievement. … What's needed is a new model of child development and education—a learning system that makes sense for the 21st century.”  

Paul Reville, former Massachusetts Secretary of Education, professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education