For over 20 years, Horizons at Colorado Academy has been a transformative, direct community impact program for underserved youth in and around Denver. For six weeks during the summer and select year-round programming, Horizons serves more than 150 Pre-K to High School students, providing them with the tools needed for a future filled with meaning and hope. Committed to the development of the whole child, Horizons offers experiences that enhance self-esteem, foster responsibility, build problem-solving skills, and encourage a lifelong interest in learning. The program consists of academic instruction, STEAM training, social and emotional learning, outdoor education, and a range of health and wellness activities, including swimming, yoga, and nutrition. Two nutritious meals and transportation are also provided.

Addressing the issue of “summer slide,” Horizons students are engaged in building valuable skills, cultivating long-lasting relationships, and are better prepared for the following school year. With optimal student-to-teacher ratios, students are given ample individual attention and are offered opportunities that they might otherwise not have. And it works:

  • Horizons students gain an average of 2-4 months of academic skills during the six-week program.
  • In 2019, nearly 40 percent of Horizons faculty, staff, and volunteers were Horizons at CA alumni.
  • Nationally, 99 percent of Horizons students graduate from high school, and 91 percent continue their post-secondary education.
  • Students in the CA program have matriculated at the University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Metro State University, Regis University, Red Rocks Community College, as well as MIT and Harvard.
  • Horizons graduates enjoy a variety of careers—from civil engineers and nurses, to teachers and entrepreneurs.


Horizons at CA is an integral part of the Colorado Academy community of parents, students, and faculty. CA Upper School students are a vital part of the program, working as volunteers and interns; CA parents provide their expertise and talents, from fundraising to community connections. CA generously provides significant in-kind support with office space, financial planning, curriculum development, office support, and more. Overall, this direct outreach to the greater Denver community makes a long-lasting, positive impact on the community as a whole.

You can support this life-changing program through financial donations, volunteering, or attending our signature annual fundraiser, Wine & Dine. Please note that financial contributions to Horizons may qualify for the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit.

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    Individual donors, foundations, corporations, and Colorado Academy itself, with “in-kind” support in the form of buses, facilities, etc., help fund the Horizons Program. 

    Contributions to the Horizons program are tax deductible and qualify for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit for Colorado residents. 

    By making a monetary gift to Horizons at Colorado Academy, you have the opportunity to join the supporters who make a real difference in the lives of disadvantaged children in the metro Denver community. Because of the 13-year commitment Horizons makes to each student, you can follow every child’s progress from Pre-Kindergarten through through their high school graduation and beyond, since at least 20% of our Horizons team members are Horizons graduates!

    • Use the Horizons online donor form. Denver’s future depends on programs like Horizons to remain socially and economically strong.
    • Make an in-kind donation of school supplies, toys, educational materials, swim suits or towels. We are always looking for help with supplies for our programs.
    • Be a part of Wine and Dine through attending, volunteering, or donating materials
    Thank you for your support of Horizons at Colorado Academy! If you have any questions about how your contribution makes a difference for Horizons students, please contact our Horizons Office  303.986.1501, x 2674.

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    Ms. Daniela Meltzer 

    Director, Horizons at CA
    Emerson College - BA
    Middlebury Institute of International Studies - Master of Public Administration
    At CA Since: 2018
Colorado Academy
3800 South Pierce Street
Denver, Colorado 80235

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