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Impacting Greenwich for 10 Years!

Horizons at Brunswick School – a nine-year, year-round academic and enrichment program serving K-8 Greenwich public school boys from under-resourced communities and performing below or at grade level upon entry – is dedicated to reducing the opportunity gap and advancing educational equity in Greenwich.

The Good We Do

Our Mission

For Greenwich public school boys in Grades K through 8 who qualify for federal free or reduced-price lunch and perform below or at grade level, Horizons at Brunswick School provides opportunities for students to develop the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to build their own successful futures. Through a balance of academics, enrichment, swimming, recreational sports, and confidence-building strategies, the program cultivates in each boy a love of learning, skills for success, and inspiration to pursue his dreams. Four differentiating factors distinguish Horizons at Brunswick School:

  • Enrollment – Greenwich Public School boys performing at or below grade level
  • Nine Year Relationships – Academic continuity throughout the summer months
  • Earlier – A Kindergarten start when summer learning has great impact
  • Goal – Readiness for the next grade each fall at their own school

Our program is a powerful testament to the impact of Greenwich Public Schools and Brunswick School uniting in a coordinated relationship to help these students improve their educational outcomes. With a long and strong commitment to the Greenwich Community, Brunswick School generously provides the use of its facilities and supportive infrastructure. All program expenses, including salaries, are funded by private philanthropy.

Why We Do It

the Challenge

The Problem

Nearly 7% of Greenwich residents live below the poverty line, and 20% of Greenwich public school students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Research shows on average, students are 4-5 months behind in reading and math as a result of the pandemic. These challenges are multiplied for students from communities experiencing educational inequity. Two-thirds of our students enter our program performing below grade level.

The Opportunity

With input from the Greenwich Public Schools, we identify and address the needs of our students* to help close the opportunity gap in our community. (*During the school year, our students largely attend Julian Curtiss, Hamilton Avenue, New Lebanon elementary schools and Central and Western middle schools.) 

The Result

Students improve in reading and math scores over the course of our six-week summer session. Schools see an increase in attendance. Students gain a love of learning, a basic understanding of water safety and swimming skills, and improved self-esteem.

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How We Do it

Our Program

Six-Week Summer Program

The six-week Summer Program is full-day and includes a healthy breakfast, lunch, and two snacks plus transportation from partner school locations. Students begin the day in academic classes that include reading, writing, math and STEAM. Later in the day, students participate in music, art, and technology classes as well as sports, field trips and swimming instruction. The curriculum is designed to support the Greenwich Public School's academic goals and aligns with best practices of both the Greenwich Public School system and Brunswick School. The focus is on experiential learning, building confidence, developing problem-solving skills and enhancing academic self-esteem.

Students are recommended by their teachers and are re-enrolled for consecutive summers, starting after their Kindergarten year and continuing through middle school. The student teacher-ratio is 5:1, and classes are led by veteran public and private school teachers who work alongside assistant teachers and classroom assistants. The enrollment fee for families is $35 per summer and preference is given to siblings. Our program began with two classes of 15 Kindergarten and first-grade students in the summer of 2014. We now serve 137 boys Kindergarten through 8th grade.

School-Year Saturdays for Students and their Families

Horizons at Brunswick School holds six monthly Saturday morning programs during the school year with continued academic enrichment for students enrolled in the summer program. The goal of the Saturday program is to maintain a relationship with the Horizons students and their families between September and June.

At the same time, parents attend bilingual educational workshops led by teachers and industry professionals. Topics include school-year success, nutrition and health, safety, finance and core parenting skills.


Board of Directors

Jeffrey Pribyl, Chair

Angelique Bell, Vice Chair

Frank Carroll, Treasurer

Kirsten Riemer, Secretary

Nancy Better

Gretchen Bylow

Jill Bayer Ciporin

Lisa Errico

Patrick Fels

Ellen Flanagan

Sally Mann

Lourdes Marti

Lisa G. Matthews

Amy McGrath

Jill Oberlander

Betsy O’Reilly

Suzanne Peisch

Angela Riera

Jeanne Savitt

Charles M. Shaffer III

Ex Officio:

Marianne Ho Barnum, Executive Director *

Thomas Philip, Head of Brunswick School

Kathleen Harrington *

Thomas Murray *

Kathleen Signer *

* non-voting Board Members

Advisory Council:

Jamie Better

Terry Boyd

John & Jill Coyle

B. Cort Delany

James DeNaut

Maryellen & Ed Feeley

Carlos Hernandez

Alexandra Marks

Robert Taylor

Dee Winokur