Horizons at MCC

MCC has partnered with the Horizons National Student Enrichment program to offer a six-week, academic enrichment program for children in the Rochester City School District in grades K-4.

Absent summer enrichment, students tend to lose proficiency. Summer learning loss is a major contributor to the achievement gap and each summer, children fall behind in their academic skills and experience a phenomenon known as the "summer slide." Horizons at MCC aims to combat the summer decline in academic engagement and ultimately close the achievement gap by providing an enrichment program for children in the Rochester City School District.

Horizons at MCC provides a unique combination of academic, social, cultural, wellness and recreational experiences in a nurturing, close-knit environment. Children with a range of academic abilities attend the full-day program and work on reading, math and other subjects; participate in swimming lessons to increase their confidence; and engage in other academic enrichment activities. Quality summer enrichment programs, like Horizons at MCC, are an essential component to the successful education of our next generation.

There are over 30 Horizons affiliates in 13 states; however, in 2011, MCC became the first community college to begin a Horizons program. Each Horizons program operates independently in partnership with its host school and bears the responsibility of forming its own board, selecting students and faculty, and sustainability. New Horizons programs typically start with one kindergarten level class, and those kids come back the next year as 1st graders and a new kindergarten class begins, and so on up to grade 8.

Part of what makes Horizons at MCC unique is an inquiry-learning model that utilizes a balanced literacy approach to learning, while exposing children to the enriched environment and resources of an innovative community college. Horizons at MCC strengthens K-12 and college connections in our community by establishing partnerships that support and sustain the program. Horizons at MCC is a true learning community that relates to readiness and completion.

Horizons was founded in 1964 at New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, CT to serve children from low income families. Working in partnership with families, Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for oneself and others, and encourage a life-long interest in learning.

To Learn More: Contact Clayton Jones, Assistant to the Vice President, Academic Services, at (585) 292-2192, cjones@monroecc.edu. Or Rick Costanza, Chair, MCC Department of Education (585) 262-1460, rcostanza@monroecc.edu.

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