Inspiring. Building. Transforming.

Horizons at Warner is a six-week, tuition-free, summer academic enrichment program serving over 150 students in the Rochester City School District grades K-8th from low socioeconomic households. One of 60 Horizons National affiliates, Horizons at Warner was the first to be located on a university campus. For the past nine summers, Horizons at Warner has been located at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. 

We Believe in the Promise of Opportunity for All Children.

Nine consecutive summers of enrichment and learning.
We commit to our students from the time of their enrollment in kindergarten through 8th grade and beyond as employees of the program, setting them on the path to successful academic and professional careers.

University campus experience.
Our location on the University of Rochester campus provides students access to important resources such as labs, libraries, faculty members and students, coming together to create a plentiful and safe space for Horizon’s students to learn and transform.

New authentic learning experiences.
Students are offered numerous opportunities for growth through enrichment activities, including swimming, art, music, STEM, athletics, and others, that maintain current skills, lessen the achievement gap, break down barriers to success and cultivate creativity, confidence, and leadership.

News & Notes

Critical Friends MAG Visit

On Saturday, March 9th, 2019 members of the Horizons at Warner Critical Friends mentoring program met at the Memorial Art Gallery to enjoy an afternoon together. Five mentees from Horizons joined their mentors in a guided tour of the MAG. Our docent provided in-depth explanations of the artwork and the […]

Horizons at Warner at the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

On Sunday, April 7th I was honored to be the discussant for a symposium for out of school time programs at Annual AERA meeting in Toronto. The topic of the symposium was “Digging Deeper: Using Mixed-Methods to Assess Promising Practices in Out-of-School Time”. Featured on the panel was a paper […]

Mitzvah Day at Temple Sinai

Each year, Temple Sinai of Penfield hosts a Mitzvah Day event in which they offer a variety of free services to non-profit organizations across Rochester. This year the faithful day falls on Sunday, May 5th, and Horizons at Warner is lucky to be the recipient of Temple Sinai’s generosity again. […]

Kindergarten Meet and Greet

On Saturday, March 9th, Horizons at Warner held a Meet and Greet event for the program’s up-and-coming Kindergarten class at our partner library, Sully Branch. It was a great opportunity for students to meet peers they will be sharing a classroom with come July and for parents to gain valuable […]


How We Shine

Academic Achievement

To combat the proven academic achievement gap that exists for students who live in marginalized communities and attend under-resourced schools, Horizons at Warner provides a 1:3 ratio of NYS Certified Teachers to students in classrooms with a rich curriculum focused on literacy, STEM, social studies, humanities, and the arts. These authentic learning experiences are grounded in project-based learning, restorative, and trauma-informed practices, transforming how students see themselves and their futures. They return to school excited to learn and confident in their academic abilities after being provided the tools to prevent typical summer learning loss experienced by their peers. As a result, 100% of students maintain reading and math levels, and over three-quarters of students participating in Horizons at Warner demonstrate 1-3 months additional progress in reading and math each summer.

Attendance & Retention

Horizons at Warner prides itself in its ability to continuously engage and have meaningful relationships with families as well as consistently provide a welcoming and familial environment at the University of Rochester. The result is excellent average daily attendance to program, at 90%. Similarly, Horizons at Warner strives to have students return each year for nine consecutive summers to build lasting relationships with their teachers and peers, and reinforce skills developed that are essential to future success. A 95% retention rate of students year to year proves that our students have a successful network of support behind them, lending them the confidence to embrace a more expansive view of what is possible in their future.

Employment & Job Skills

Horizons at Warner dedicates itself to offering continued and lasting support to existing Horizons students and their families. To continue to cultivate alumni success, Horizons at Warner seeks to hire 8th grade graduates for long-term positions, beginning with our 9th grade workforce preparation course and flowing into teacher assistant placements. Our 9th grade program, implemented to remove the previous one-year gap in student return, is called the Teacher Assistant in Training (TAIT) program and focuses on preparing the students for their transition into high school, successful graduation from high school, and subsequent entry into college or a skilled training program. The TAIT program includes extensive curriculum delivered by a team of experts on building resumes and perfecting applications, developing professional skills and practices, obtaining letters of recommendation and appropriate references, and more.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the youth drowning rate is 2-3 times higher than the national average in predominantly minority communities such as the community Horizons at Warner faithfully serves. Due to dangers like this and the fact that most students come to Horizons at Warner unable to swim and afraid of the water, it is crucial that every Horizons student learn to swim. Twice per week, every student takes a 30-minute swim lesson with a Red Cross Certified Swim Instructor, who is accompanied by at least one certified lifeguard and multiple TAs, TAITs, or volunteers. In 2018, 100% of students maintained or improved their Red Cross Certified Swim Level. In addition to teaching students to swim, these lessons help them build outstanding self-esteem, encourage dedication to achieve a goal, teach resilience by overcoming fears and obstacles, inspire a healthy lifestyle, open doors to future employment, and finally, allow them to have fun!


Retention Rate of Students Year to Year


Average Daily Student Attendance


Families We Currently Serve From Marginalized Communities



Students We Current Serve in RCSD


Lunches and Snacks Served in Partnership with FoodLink Last Summer

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