What is the Horizons Summer Program?
Horizons’ six-week intensive K through 9th grade Summer Program, hosted on the campus of New Canaan Country School (NCCS), serves approximately 300 children. Our program is a unique blend of academics and enrichment. Unlike most summer camps, Horizons offers students the opportunity to develop their academic skills through project-based, experiential activities such as rocket-building and film-making. Unlike traditional summer school, Horizons complements the academic components of its Summer Program with a broad range of enrichment opportunities—from woodshop, studio art, and dance to field trips and overnight campouts. Students in grades K through 5 have formal swim instruction at least twice a week. Every afternoon, all Horizons students go swimming, either on campus or at the many private pools donated by local residents.
Who is eligible to apply?
Students from Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan, and Darien who are currently enrolled in grades K-7 are eligible to apply. Horizons must have a space available in your child’s grade. Horizons serves low-income families only. Families must have a household income that qualifies them for free or reduced priced meals in the public school system. We regret that we are not able to serve children with special needs. Nor are we able to provide transportation to and from campus for those students living in Darien. Bus service is provided for Stamford, Norwalk, and New Canaan students to and from campus.
When will we receive admissions notification from Horizons?
The admissions committee meets in February and you will be notified in March if we have an available place for your child. Sending an application does not ensure a place for your child.
What is the cost for the program?
Horizons is a full scholarship program, and the only fee for families is an annual $75 registration fee ($25 for additional children in the program). You pay this fee only if your child is accepted into the program. You do not need to send any money now.
Where is the program held?
The program takes place on the campus of the New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, CT. The New Canaan Country School is located at 635 Frogtown Road, New Canaan, CT 06840.
What are the dates and hours of the Horizons Summer Program?
The program runs for six weeks from late June through early August. Students attend Horizons Monday through Friday from 8:15 AM. until 3:00 PM.
Do you provide transportation?
Yes. School buses pick up students at designated bus stops near their homes, transport them to New Canaan Country School, and take them home at the end of the day. Bus service is provided for Stamford, Norwalk, and New Canaan students to and from campus. There is currently no bus service provided for students living in Darien.
Do you provide meals?
Yes. We provide a breakfast, lunch and a snack every day.
What is the attendance policy?
We have a very firm attendance policy. Students are expected to be here every day for the full six weeks. If you take your child on vacation during the program or if your child has unexcused absences, he or she will not be invited to return the following summer.
Where and when should applications be turned in?
The online portion of applications is due December 14. Supporting documents are due on January 8. Please call the office if you are having trouble submitting your application electronically.
What programming is available for K-7 students after the Summer Program ends?
Horizons School Year Programming (learn more) begins in September and is only available only to those children who have participated in the summer program.
What happens to my 8th grader after the Summer Program ends?
All 8th grade Summer Program graduates are encouraged to register for Horizons High School Program. (learn more). In order to participate, students and parents must fill out an application before the 9th grade school year begins.