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
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
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.
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.)
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.
How We Do it
Six-Week Summer Program
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
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
Jill Bayer Ciporin
Lisa G. Matthews
Charles M. Shaffer III
Marianne Ho Barnum, Executive Director *
Thomas Philip, Head of Brunswick School
Kathleen Harrington *
Thomas Murray *
Kathleen Signer *
* non-voting Board Members
John & Jill Coyle
B. Cort Delany
Maryellen & Ed Feeley