National Center for Learning and Citizenship at ECS
700 Broadway, Suite 810
Denver, CO 80203-3442
Associate Policy Analyst
Asst. Editor/Administrative Asst.
Visit the New Horizons Middle School website
New Horizons Middle School participated in the Schools of Success Showcase in Nashville, Tennessee, May 4-7, 2011. View their presentation (PDF, 1MB).
New Horizons Middle School (NHMS) currently offers a service-learning curriculum, based on America's Promise Alliance and administered by two full-time staff members, to 75 8th-grade students who receive 90 minutes of service-learning instruction in class. The goal is to fully integrate service-learning curriculum at all grade levels, and to incorporate STEM-specific objectives into the mix.
New Horizons serves 230 students in grades 6-8, with 48% being Hispanic, 43% Black, 7% White and less than 2% Asian or other ethnic background. The proportion of general education to special education students is 60% to 40%. Close to 70% of the student body falls in the poverty category.
NHMS has partnered with NY Cares, Coalition for Respectful Development (CORD), The Second Place Transit Garden, Socks for Soldiers through Marineparents.com, Community Learning Support Organization (CLSO) — which provides centralized pedagogical and operational support to 160 schools city wide — Common Cents Penny Harvest Program, and others. One of NHMS' goals is to be viewed as a resource by their community.
Funding from this grant will allow students/faculty to immerse themselves in a very exciting upcoming project that will involve converting a 2,000 square foot rooftop area of their school into a vegetable garden to meet the community's need of feeding the hungry. Students will gain an appreciation for service and civic engagement, a respect for diversity, life skills and critical thinking/collaborative skills, while making academic progress in math and science.