Our Program

Horizons at The Ethel Walker School is an all-girls academic enrichment program that includes cultural enrichment and recreational activities for Hartford public school students who are eligible for federal free/reduced-price lunch.

The six-week, full-day summer program includes transportation from feeder school locations, academics focused on literacy and STEAM, a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack, field trips, and daily swimming.

Providing hands-on learning, building confidence, developing problem-solving skills and enhancing academic self-esteem are our focus:

  • Academic classes include reading, writing, math, science, and technology and are infused with social-emotional learning curriculum
  • Enrichment activities include music, art, sports, and swimming instruction
  • Classes are taught by experienced teachers who work alongside assistant teachers and classroom assistants
  • The student:teacher ratio is 5:1

Students are recommended to Horizons by their teachers, and are re-enrolled for consecutive summers, starting after their kindergarten year and continuing through eighth grade.

The curriculum is designed to support the feeder school’s academic goals, and aligns with the educational philosophy and best practices of The Ethel Walker School.