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summer 2019 report

Another Summer for the Books.


New Electives, New Field Trips, New Families.


This summer, Horizons at SFFS expanded to serve children in five grade levels - rising first through fifth graders. These children showed us their super hero alter egos through their kindness, courage, and their all-around good humor! 

After a nutritious breakfast, Horizons' students began each day with a Morning Circle in their classroom. Daily literacy followed, including individualized, bilingual reading support. Throughout the day, students also studied money, insects, energy, food, poetry, and mysteries. Afternoon electives such as cooking, legos, LED sculptures, art, drama, and dance completed our academic program.

A highlight of the summer, even for those reluctant in the water at first, were swim lessons for the younger students at Mission Pool and for the older students in the new competition size pool at the Don Fisher Clubhouse. All students improved their comfort level and swimming skills, and their newfound confidence and sense of possibility helped them to take risks, ask questions, and push themselves in the classroom.

Field trips rounded out the Horizons experience, giving extra depth and meaning to the concepts students studied. This year we had more funding and more students, so we expanded our field trip offerings. The youngest students enjoyed visiting the San Francisco Zoo, while the oldest students saw School of Rock at the Orpheum Theater. The third and fourth graders also went on adventure trips: climbing at Mission Cliffs and kayaking in Sausalito. Our final field trip with all classes was at the California Academy of Sciences with a special Planetarium showing for the older students.

Although most of the time our students were having too much fun to realize they were learning, the academic progress that they made was significant. K and 1st grade students grew an average of 3.2 months in early literacy skills from the start to the end of the summer, and 2nd and 3rd grade students grew an average of 1.75 months in reading skills from the start to the end of the summer!

Many thanks to Horizons' staff, volunteers, and families, to the San Francisco Friends School for hosting the program, and to each and every one of you who make the program possible with your participation and generous support!



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average months of literacy growth

Every day, I see students demonstrate empathy, humor, and genuine connection to others that would impress me coming from adults, much less elementary schoolers. Horizons is a truly special place.
— Horizons Volunteer, Summer 2018

Be Your Own Superhero.

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