In today’s climate, it’s not enough to simply gain acceptance to college; high school students need the academic foundation and skills necessary to succeed beyond college.

For our students — most of whom will be first generation college students — we provide a comprehensive college readiness program to ensure they are able to meet future challenges head-on.

At Horizons for Youth, we position our students for success before they even set foot on campus by addressing many of the challenges students encounter while preparing for college. Common pre-college setbacks cited in research include choosing the wrong school for the student’s academic and personal needs and a lack of proper financial support, ultimately resulting in high debt and high drop-out levels.

Fortunately, Horizons for Youth’s multi-faceted High School Program offers extensive support in these areas. We guide our high school students through the daunting process of identifying the right school and securing enough funding to make it manageable for the student to attend. We drive the entire college application process, including:

  • Tailored subject matter tutoring in preparation for ACT
  • Teaching students how to research school options
  • Guidance through the application essay writing process, from ideation to publication
  • Helping students identify and apply for financial aid resources
  • Overseeing financial aid, grant, and scholarship application processes and deadlines
  • Taking students on 7-10 campus visits to help them discern their best-fit school

To make quality schools accessible for our students, we have helped our students secure 80% of all college costs through outside funding sources (not including loans).

Over the first 25 years of our existence, 80% of all students who have come through our programming have enrolled in college. More impressively, since the inception of our High School Program seven years ago, 100% of our high school graduates have enrolled in college and 86% are persisting towards a degree.