The COVID-19 pandemic has hit all underserved communities exceptionally hard, and our Horizons community is no exception. Our students and families are dealing with job loss, social isolation, illness, and food and housing insecurity. In addition, the technological divide has been a big obstacle for remote learning. For all of these reasons, Horizons at CA is currently working on providing increased support during the school year, so that our students don’t fall further behind.
CA Tutoring Program
In spring 2020, while in the throes of the COVID-19 crisis, we launched a tutoring program between CA Upper School students and Horizons students who were looking for academic support. The program has been a wonderful success for both the CA tutors and the Horizons students, bringing our communities even closer.
High School Mentorship Program
Knowing that our high school students have different needs than our elementary and middle school students, we have embarked on a revamped high school program that provides one-on-one mentorship to students throughout the school year. This year will be our pilot program and we will have a range of mentors from the Horizons and CA communities. The overarching goal of the high school program is to provide extra support to students as they go through their high school years and help them figure out their next steps once they graduate from high school, whether it is higher education, vocational training, or other career pursuits.