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who we serve

Meeting the needs of our community.

Horizons students are selected in collaboration with our three partner public schools, based on criteria established by Horizons National. These schools, Buena Vista Elementary, Marshall Elementary, and The Mission Preparatory School, are all located in  San Francisco's Mission District.  62% of Mission District youth live in poverty, according to an equity analysis conducted by San Francisco's Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).  While there are several summer youth programs in the Mission District, many local principals and teachers identify access to affordable, high‐quality summer activities as a top area of need for the families that they serve.

The Horizons program is appropriate for students with the potential to excel in a small group setting. To create a diversity of learners in classes, the makeup of students is evenly divided between boys and girls, with two thirds of the students below grade level academically, and one third at or above grade level.  All Horizons students must demonstrate excellent attendance at their home schools, and all must qualify for free or reduced lunch at the time of their enrollment.

“Horizons has helped in her development and growth. This is such an important program. It allows my kid to keep progressing and eventually become a college graduate”
— 2019 Horizons parent, on how Horizons has helped her child

Public/Private Partnership

Better together.

Horizons at San Francisco Friends School has partnered with Marshall Elementary SchoolBuena Vista/Horace Mann School, and The Mission Preparatory School to create a public/private education partnership that benefits Mission neighborhood children who are at the greatest risk of falling behind. The goals of this partnership are:

  • To prevent or reduce summer learning loss

  • To serve low income students from Mission District and surrounding neighborhood public schools

  • To foster a lifelong desire for learning

  • To provide cultural experiences and opportunities for social growth

  • To ensure that children learn to swim

Horizons at San Francisco Friends School works closely with public school teachers and administrators in the San Francisco Unified School District and with community-based organizations. With their help, we recruit and support students and families throughout the year, sharing key assessment data and tracking progress for each child. Our goal is to align the Horizons program with existing efforts in our neighborhood to support the healthy social, emotional, and academic development of low income students and also to expand summer learning opportunities for students not being served by existing programs.

The Horizons program operates under the 501(c)(3) status of the San Francisco Friends School, with the school acting as the fiduciary agent.  Horizons does not receive any direct financial support from the Friends School, but does receive substantial in-kind operational support such as administrative support, facility and equipment use, and supplies. Horizons at San Francisco Friends School relies on raising funds independent of the school to cover staffing, programming, field trips, and other costs. Because we operate as an entity within San Francisco Friends School, the Horizons program is recognized by its same tax ID, 94-3397589.