In 1964, New Canaan Country School Headmaster George Stevens had the bold idea, in an uncertain time in history, to make good use of the summer months and open the empty campus of the Country School to under-resourced students. He created the Horizons program to inspire students through hands-on, project-based academic experiences, and by making a long-term commitment to every child. He created a summer community where less privileged children felt they belonged, and that enriched its students by providing meaningful academic support and cultural experiences.
Horizons builds brighter futures for K-12 students from low-income families by creating year-round academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities, nurturing potential, cultivating a safe and supportive community, and inspiring individual dreams.
A National Movement
Today, Horizons at NCCS has grown from a summer program working with 20 students to a year-round program which today serves over 400 students in grades K – 12, each year, primarily from Norwalk and Stamford, Connecticut. In addition, Horizons has grown into a national movement, now serving over 5,840 children each summer at 59 sites in 18 states around the country, including eight in Connecticut alone. Little did George Stevens know his idea would create a national movement!