Application Criteria

Horizons at SHU will be recruiting and selecting a total of 17 first grade students for the upcoming summer program, 50% boys and 50% girls. Applicants will be considered from low income Bridgeport families with students currently in kindergarten in the Bridgeport schools listed below. Students will be selected based on academic potential (can be above, at, or below grade level), family support, financial need, school recommendation, and demonstrated good behavior.

To be admitted to Horizons at SHU in grades K-5, the applicant must meet the following minimum criteria:
Applicants must be from a low-income family. The past year tax return 1040 cover sheet is required.
For our 1st grade class, applicants must be enrolled in kindergarten during the current school year.
Applicants will be prioritized if the child attends one of the following Bridgeport schools during the current school year:

  •  Luis Munoz Marin School
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar School
  • Madison School
  • St. Raphael Academy
  • St. Ann Elementary Academy
  • St. Andrews Academy

Applicants from other Bridgeport schools will be placed on a waiting list. 

We have a very strict attendance policy and we expect a family commitment to assure that your child will fully participate in the program.  It is our expectation that our accepted students and their families will:

  • Commit to academic achievement in school and at Horizons at SHU.
  • Intend to participate in Horizons at SHU through the twelfth grade.
  • Fully participate in the summer and Saturday Academy sessions, as well as family events.
  • Schedule family vacations and trips around our program dates to avoid conflicts.
  • Complete required program paperwork and pay the enrollment fee by due dates

The program consists of a six-week session during the summer and mandatory school year Saturday morning sessions, five in the fall and five in the spring. 

The program provides nutritious meals and round trip student transportation from three centralized bus stops.

Academic instruction focuses on reading, writing, and math skills while enrichment activities include swimming instruction, music, physical education, field trips and other activities. 

Horizons is a scholarship program, with student families paying only a nominal registration fee of $30.00.

Our 2018 summer program dates are Monday June 25th through Friday August 3rd from (8:30am-3:30pm). During the school year, Saturday Academy hours are 8:30am-12:30pm.