Our Program

Our Program

The key components of our program set us apart from being a camp, school, or summer tutoring program. Horizons at Warner is committed to the development and wellness of the whole child, and that equates to providing each child an opportunity to grow.

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Literacy

In order to develop a love of reading and a love of learning, each student must be exposed to role models, materials and activities that ignite passion and perseverance. Each summer every child is given a pre and post assessment to measure their literacy abilities. Provided that snapshot, our literacy specialist and veteran teachers work together to design individualized literacy goals for each child. Daily, our students take part in rich and diverse opportunities to experience literacy through collaborative learning. Each classroom designs a balanced approach to literacy that meets the needs of all the students, but also exposes them to new and exciting experiences

Academics

Horizons at Warner provides an academic approach to learning based on research. The students are engaged in a learning environment where the entire program is given a broad theme in which to construct learning opportunities. Science, math, social studies, technology, engineering, humanities, and the arts are taught by veteran educators designing hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities for students to participate in throughout the day in a variety of settings. Through the process of voice and choice students are able to design their own learning path each summer. This allows each student to be highly motivated to achieve their own personal goals and complete their self-designed projects.

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students build mousetrap cars in the Fab Lab in Rettner Hall. // Student participants in Horizons at Warner, a six-week summer enrichment program that engages K–8 Rochester City School District students at University of Rochester's Warner School of Education are pictured August 3, 2017.  // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Enrichment

Enrichment is defined as improving the quality and value of something. The Horizons at Warner program is committed to enriching the lives of our students. Beyond providing a quality academic experience in the classroom, we are committed to hosting a variety of extracurricular activities that enhance the educational journey of its students. Twice per week, each child attends a self-chosen theme group where they research and dig deep into an aspect of the theme. Two opposite afternoons during the week are spent in self-chosen workshops where they master a new skill, such as crocheting, chemistry, dance, guitar or oil painting.

Swimming

Each student grades K-8th participates in Red Cross Certified Swim Lessons for two hours per week. “According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14. And in predominantly minority communities, the youth drowning rate is often 2-3 times higher than the national average.” Learning how to swim is not only a valuable life skill, but an important activity for building self-confidence and developing trust with their teachers- both of which lend a hand to their success in the classroom.

Amarah Robinson plays a guitar in LeChase Hall. // Student participants in Horizons at Warner, a six-week summer enrichment program that engages K–8 Rochester City School District students at University of Rochester's Warner School of Education are pictured August 3, 2017.  // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester
Student participants engage in Health Hero Time during Horizons at Warner, a six-week summer enrichment program that engages K–8 Rochester City School District students at University of Rochester's Warner School of Education are pictured August 3, 2017.  // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Wellness

In addition to swimming, Horizons at Warner focuses on encouraging confidence and healthy lifestyle habits in its students using a variety of wellness activities. Each afternoon, all 150 students head out to the lawn in front of the Warner School of Education to pick from 13 different physical activity stations at their leisure. Horizons at Warner is committed to mental wellness and nutrition also. We have partnered with Foodlink to provide a healthy nutritious lunch and snacks daily. In addition,  we have adopted a variety of social-emotional learning practices to incorporate throughout the program. This includes access to the Warner School human development and counseling professionals.