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Study Confirms Horizons Works!

Posted November 14, 2018

Horizons National engaged Concentric Research & Evaluation to determine whether students who participate in the program for at least four summers achieve better academic outcomes than similar students who do not participate. Thanks to local superintendents Dr. Boone, Dr. Bracy, and Dr. Spence, school districts in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach were all participants in the study.

Funded by The New York Life Foundation and the Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts, the study found that compared to peers, long-term Horizons students had:

  • Higher attendance rates and lower rates of chronic absenteeism
  • Higher scores on standardized assessments of elementary math and science
  • Higher GPAs in 9th grade, a critical transition year
  • More course credit earned in 9th and 10th grade
  • Fewer incidents of repeating a grade
  • Fewer disciplinary referrals

Research Advisory Board member Gabriel Rhoads, Senior Evidence Director at Project Evident said, “Horizons’ study highlights the promise of nonprofit-led evidence building, and is an important contribution to the field. The publication is a significant step in building an evidence base for a program that has scaled with fidelity through an affiliate model.”

Dr. Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania Trustee Professor of Education and Social Policy noted that “Horizons is a unique educational and enrichment program for children in that it enrolls children prior to Kindergarten and continues to serve them year-after-year, at least through 8th grade. Amazingly, it has an 88 percent year-over-year retention rate, which is an indication of how much children and their parents value it. It is an ideal candidate for a rigorous study to determine the benefits of consistent access to enrichment programs like Horizons provides.”

Read the full study by clicking here. 

Horizons Hampton Roads, Inc.


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