Horizons Summer Program:


Horizons Newark is an academic enrichment program that seeks to address the achievement gap for public school students from low income families. The program consists of two key components, Saturday Academy and Summer Institute. Horizons Newark program utilizes a cohort model which begins in kindergarten and goes through eighth grade. Many of the students accepted into the program are at or below grade level upon entering and research has shown an average increase of two months in academic skills, especially reading. Those students who are above grade level upon entering serve as role models and motivate their peers to achieve more. The program blends academics with arts, sports, and cultural enrichment as well as confidence-building activities, particularly swimming. The cumulative gain in skills is truly transformative, narrowing both the achievement and the life opportunity gaps that otherwise undermine success for traditionally overlooked children.

Please contact Fiorella Serrano: fserrano@pacsnewark.org with any questions.

Horizons National

The Horizons model has a longstanding record of success — the original program began almost 50 years ago in New Canaan and still flourishes there. Fifteen years ago, Horizons National was established to replicate the Horizons model in other communities. Like the original model, programs are hosted by independent schools and universities and serve only public-school students. Horizons is a true private-public sector partnership. All students attend the Horizons program free of charge and all funding is privately raised.

Horizons National Website

Life Camp Program:

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LifeCamp provides an enriching summer day camp experience for ~300 Newark area youths per day for six weeks during the months of July and August. Campers are between the ages of 6 and 13, and come from the greater Newark public school system as well as from Newark Charter School Programs (KIPP, Philip's, North Star, Link, Newark Legacy and New Horizon). The LifeCamp campus is located on 90 acres of open fields, rolling hills, woodlands and fronts on the Lamington River. The campus is an effective teaching environment that makes learning enjoyable by providing experiential and contextual learning linked to the camp's curriculum. The Life Farm in Pottersville was first opened 95 years ago in 1923, and we continue to provide children from Newark with an enriching summer program in an unique country setting.

Subsequent payments can be made on line at www.greaternewarklifecamp.com. But you must have an account to pay online – an account will be created for you, after the application and deposit have been received. You will receive access information via email. Please make money orders payable to “LifeCamp”.

Please contact Amy Jo Curran: acurran@philipsed.org with any questions.