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ERIC Number: EJ1104667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School: How a Public-Private Partnership Creates Equity and Opportunity in Downtown Brooklyn
Johnson, Kamauru
Independent School, v75 n4 Sum 2016
The building that houses Brooklyn Friends School's (New York) preschool, lower, and middle divisions stands on a quiet one-way street in an otherwise bustling downtown Brooklyn business district. After most students head home for the day, others come to the school to participate in the Horizons Program. The Horizons Program at Brooklyn Friends School is a tuition-free program that provides academic support and supplementary enrichment experiences to students from families in the Navy Yard area of Brooklyn. The program receives in-kind assistance from Brooklyn Friends, as the host school, and other allies within the education, business, and philanthropic community. Among other things, the program's existence represents a developing relationship between Brooklyn Friends and other stakeholders in downtown Brooklyn. Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School is one of 50 affiliate sites across the country that makes up the membership of the larger Horizons National organization. Horizons National was founded at the New Canaan Country School (Connecticut) in 1964 and now serves thousands of kids in grades K-12. Central to its mission, Horizons hopes to reach students from low-income families who are particularly vulnerable to summer learning loss because of a lack of access to summer programs. Through academic enrichment focused on literacy, STEM, and arts programming, as well as a variety of sports, Horizons aims to reduce the impact of the so-called "summer slide" for participating students and build confidence and other skills that will help them be more successful during the school year. Horizons at Brooklyn Friends was founded in 2008 with a kindergarten class of 15 students and has been expanding by one grade per year since then. In addition to receiving academic support, students in the program have opportunities for supplementary enrichment activities such as visual art, world percussion, dance, chorus, theater, recorder, and jazz band. Additionally, they participate in swimming twice a week at the Long Island University and St. Francis College pools. Now in its ninth year, Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School will serve 135 students this summer, including 13 members of its first graduating class of eighth-graders. Many Brooklyn Friends teachers, students, and families are excited about the school's involvement with the program and have participated themselves by attending events, serving as volunteers, or even seeking employment with the program during the summer months. The school has also seen an increase in recognition from the philanthropic community. Donors who would not have made overtures to an independent school now view Brooklyn Friends as a community partner and seek to work with the school on the Horizons project. [Online Feature]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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