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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who is eligible to apply?
Students attending New Haven Public Schools who are currently in grades K-8 are eligible to apply. Each year we admit 16 Kindergarten students. We also fill spaces in upper grades if any are available. We accept students of all ability levels; incoming Kindergarten class academic performance ranges are at or below grade level. Horizons serves families at lower income levels; proof of income is a requirement in the admission process. Unfortunately, we are not able to serve children with serious learning or behavioral issues due to limited space and resources.
My child is in Kindergarten and will be in 1st grade in the fall, should I apply to Kindergarten or first grade?
Students enter the Horizons summer program in the grade they are in when they apply. For example, to apply for the Kindergarten class, the student must be in Kindergarten at the time of submitting an application.
How do I apply for my child?
The next open admission period begins as early as February 1st and runs through April. The application is online only and admissions are not on a rolling basis. If your application is not complete by the deadline, your child will not be considered for admission. Please note: submitting an application does not mean your child is automatically in the program; they must be formally admitted to the program.
How are admission decisions reached?
Students with completed applications will be reviewed for eligibility. If the student meets all eligibility requirements, we will set up an interview with the student and family in our Horizons office at The Foote School during a mutually acceptable time. All applicants receive careful consideration. Admission decisions are released in February and April.
When will I know if my child has been accepted?
Final decisions are released in February and April, and on a rolling basis as needed. Families are strongly encouraged to have back-up opportunities lined up for their students as Horizons at Foote each year receives more applications than spaces available.
How much does the program cost?
Horizons is a scholarship program. Families only pay a $30 registration fee. You pay this fee only if you are notified that your child is accepted into the program. There is no charge for applying to Horizons at Foote. This fee re-occurs each year for re-enrollment. Once your child is accepted into the program, they will not lose their spot.
What are the dates and hours of the Horizons summer session?
The program runs for six weeks from the last Monday in June through the first Friday in August. Program hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:05 p.m. During the school year, we will host events for students and families to attend.
Where is the program held?
The K-8 program takes place on the campus of The Foote School. The Foote School is located between Prospect and Whitney Avenue, behind Celentano School. Our contact information is:
Horizons at Foote
Address: 50 Loomis Place, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-777-3464 ext. 272
Do you provide transportation?
Yes. School buses pick up students at pre-assigned bus stops at locations in New Haven, transport them to The Foote School, and take them back to the bus stop at the end of the day. Parents can also drop-off/pick-up their child if preferred.
Do you provide meals?
Yes. We provide a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks every day.
What is the attendance policy?
We have a very strict attendance policy. Attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to attend every day for the full six weeks, as well as any events that take place during the school year. If you have summer plans that would prevent your child from attending all six weeks during the summer, and you are not willing to change your plans, you should not apply to the program.