ABOUT: WHY HORIZONS?
WHY IS HORIZONS NECESSARY?
Horizons at Episcopal is closing the achievement gap by providing underserved children access to high-quality academics in an engaging summer program.
Today, more than 32 million children living in low-income families face ever greater obstacles to educational opportunity and economic mobility. 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
- 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.
THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
The achievement gap between low-income children and their more affluent peers is already at 6 months by kindergarten and, without intervention, will continue to widen to nearly three years by fifth grade. Summer learning loss is a major contributor to the achievement gap.