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.
University campus experience.
New authentic learning experiences.
News & Notes
How We Shine
Horizons at Warner successfully alleviates the achievement gap that our student demographic faces using quality, authentic classroom instruction by NYS certified teachers that is sensitive to student needs and gives them new-found confidence in their academic abilities.
Attendance & Retention
We continuously engage and have meaningful relationships with families as well as consistently provide a welcoming and familial environment at the University of Rochester, a dedication that shows in our student attendance and return rates.
Employment & Job Skills
Horizons at Warner dedicates itself to offering continued and lasting support to existing Horizons students and their families, which is why we have extended programming to fit the needs of our graduates, their families, and our community at large.
Due to their urban background, many students come to Horizons at Warner unable to swim and afraid of the water. Horizons at Warner provides Red Cross Certified Swim Lessons twice weekly with phenomenal swim teachers and lifeguards.
Our Return Rate from Summer 2017 to Summer 2018
Our Average Daily Student Attendance in 2018
Families We Currently Serve From Marginalized Communities in 2018
Number of RCSD Students We Served in 2018
Lunches and Snacks Served in Partnership with FoodLink in 2018
What They Say...
Barthelemy Koumassou, Teacher
“It feels great to be here every summer since the beginning and to see Horizons' growth, not just population-wise, but through the opportunities it has provided to us over the years.... I love it here. I’ve met so many great people. I used to just sit around the house during the summer. Horizons provides so many opportunities for all kids to learn, have fun, and hang out with friends.”Janiah Bedell, Student
Lynn Gatto, Co-Founder of Horizons at Warner
Quanisha Brooks, Graduate and Former Teacher Assistant
"Horizons opened my eyes to the benefits of multi-age learning and further solidified my appreciation for the need for natural authentic learning opportunities. It is a tremendous asset to Rochester. City students and teachers are extending their understanding of themselves and their world in extraordinary ways."Rosalie Ortiz-Andino, Teacher
“Janiah’s core group of friends since she was five has created a lifetime bond from this program. They know me, I know them, and we all know the families. We’re all a part of the Horizons family.... It’s not just the relationships that she’s formed with friends, but also with the same committed teachers who return year after year. You don’t forget that and the impact it has. The same caring people who have your same best interests at heart are working with you every summer.”...Victoria Jackson, Parent