Across our country, students from under-resourced communities face inequities in access to technology, cultural and educational enrichment, the arts, and more. These barriers to access results in gaps in academic and social-emotional skills, creativity, and health that have a profound impact on student achievement, engagement, and individual life success.
- The academic achievement gap on average is 3 years by 5th grade
- 2-3 months are typically lost in reading and math over the summer, and this loss becomes cumulative (watch this video to learn more about the summer slide)
- Under-resourced students are 6 times more likely to drop out of high school and less likely to enroll in college
- Young adults with a college degree earn more than twice as much as those without a high school credential
- A 6th grade student who misses more than 20% of class, whose teacher reports poor behavior, or who fails math or English has a 70% likelihood of dropping out
What does this look like in Newark, New Jersey?
During the 2018 - 2019 school year:
Horizons exists to close these gaps for students in Newark, to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed in school and in life. Through a combination of academics, social-emotional learning, family engagement, and enrichment supports, Horizons students gain the tools they need to thrive.