What We Offer
While all HNYC affiliate sites follow the same model and offer the same rich academic curriculum, HBK has been able to expand programming even further. HNYC intends to focus on growing other affiliate sites' programming to offer similar expanded services. As the longest-running affiliate program in the region, HBK programming includes:
HorizonsPlus After-School Program: HBK is currently the only HNYC affiliate to offer a year-round after-school enrichment program, called HorizonsPlus (H+). At H+, students focus on social-emotional growth through organized group play, specialty classes, and additional physical activities. H+ provides continued academic support during the school year, and fosters consistent contact between HBK faculty and families during the school year -- therefore building trust and allowing students to fully embrace their time in the summer program.
Students participating in H+ are exposed to various enrichment and academic activities including: music, chorus, visual arts, ski lessons, tennis lessons, and even special events that occur quarterly. Typical quarterly events include: Super Science Saturday, Sip & Paint Saturday, and Read-a-Palooza! H+ faculty includes teaching artists, classroom teachers, peer tutors, and high-school volunteers. Furthermore, H+ encourages interactions between students in settings outside of an academic-based classroom.
High-School Advocacy Program: HBK currently supports students’ transitions to 9th grade through our dynamic high-school advocacy program aiming to ensure middle school students are prepared for the NYC high-school application process, and gain enrollment into high-schools that continue the enriching foundation HBK established for each student. Starting in 6th grade, students attend a weekly after-school class taught by a counselor specializing in NYC’s high-school process. Each grade focuses on a different portion of the application process: 6th graders gain an overview of available school options, 7th graders refine their selections and begin applications, and 8th graders finalize their choices, detail applications, and prepare for any specialized testing. Our counselor works 1:1 with students to ensure they, and their families: understand the process, are making meaningful school selections, and are prepared to succeed in the specialized testing process.
College and Career-Readiness Program: In addition to supporting our students through the elementary and high-school processes, HBK has expanded to include support through the college admissions process, or assist with career readiness. Students interested in continuing education after high-school will work 1:1 with a college counselor between spring and winter of their junior and senior years of high school. During this time, it will be ensured that students and their families are aware of available higher education and career opportunities. Families will also be supported while navigating systems such as admissions, financial aid, interviews, and more. Other components of the college advocacy program include: participating in college visits, financial literacy classes, and essay-writing support.