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Horizons

Horizons at New Canaan Country School

Mission

Transforming the lives of underserved children and youth through year-round academic and enrichment programs to inspire learning, encourage success, and close the opportunity gap. Learn more

Program
Horizons was founded on the campus of New Canaan Country School in 1964 by then Headmaster George Stevens. Horizons at NCCS was envisioned to serve a public purpose in the summertime for students less fortunate. George had the bold idea, in an uncertain time in history, to create the Horizons at NCCS program to inspire students through hands-on, project-based academic experiences, and by making a long-term commitment to every child. Since that time, Horizons at NCCS has expanded to provide close to 400 students, from Stamford and Norwalk public and public charter schools.

In addition to offering its signature six-week Summer Program on the campus of NCCS, Horizons stays connected with children and their parents all year long. Academic and enrichment classes, tutoring, family programming, a winter Saturday Program, social work support, and caregiver workshops continue throughout the year.

Rising ninth graders have the opportunity to participate in the Horizons High School Program, which is designed to help students succeed in high school and prepare for a successful transition to post-secondary education and/or career. Programs include academic coaching, tutoring, a five-week Saturday Winter Program, peer and group learning, SAT prep classes, college readiness workshops, student volunteer opportunities, social events and employment opportunities. Horizons’ year-round programming and supports work to promote success and close the opportunity gap as witnessed by the high school graduation and college enrollment outcomes. 


Outcomes

In recent years, 100 percent of Horizons seniors graduated from high school, and 97 percent of them went on to college. Most were the first in their families to do so, which is especially impressive given the fact that Horizons admits two-thirds of its students performing below grade level. 

The New Canaan Country School Connection

Horizons is integral to the fabric of New Canaan Country School and brings to life its mission of leading with impact and purpose. Horizons students consider the campus of NCCS their home away from home during the six-week summer program and the school year brings many opportunities for NCCS and Horizons students and families to join together as one community. A number of the school's teachers and graduates work in the Horizons program during the summer and any school parents generously share their time and talents with Horizons, serving on the Horizons Board, assisting with special events and fundraising, and spreading the word about Horizons in the greater community. To find out how to get involved and support Horizons please reach out to Executive Director Nancy von Euler, nvoneuler@horizonskids.net or visit: www.horizonskids.org.

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  • 2021-2022 Board of Trustees

    Sanny Warner, Chair
    Tiffany van Elslander, Vice-Chair
    Mara Neafsey,Treasurer
    Michele Gartland, Secretary
     
    Sonia Bell
    Steve Bloom
    Sean Brennan
    Frank Bria
    Vanessa Brown-Toussaint
    Marisa DiBiasio
    Adam Elgert
    Charles Galante
    Maija Judelson
    Jen Kearney
    Leigh Kennedy
    Sarah Kilcullen
    Tamu Lucero
    Brian McCormick
    Eloisa Melendez
    Heather Raker
    Tracey Riccardi
    Chelsea Staniar
    Carolyn Woodberry

    Ex Officio:
    Victor Catano, NCCS Chief Financial Officer
    Aaron Cooper, NCCS Head of School
    Rashana Graham, Horizons Faculty Rep
    Timothy Rivlin, Horizons Senior Program Director
    Donna Seymour, Horizons Family Council Rep
    Ryan Smith, NCCS Advancement Director
    Nancy von Euler, Horizons Executive Director
     
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