Horizons at The Oakwood School

Horizons Logo.jpgLow-income students from Pitt County public schools have the opportunity to attend a tuition-free 6-week summer program on Oakwood’s campus. In small classes led by professional teachers, students dive into a rich curriculum with a focus on reading, STEM, and art. Swimming and other confidence-boosting activities break down barriers to success and expose children to new opportunities.

Children join Horizons the summer after Kindergarten and return to the program each year through 8th grade, building lasting relationships with their teachers and peers and developing life skills essential for success.  The program at Oakwood began with 15 kindergarten students in 2016 and will add a new kindergarten class each year.

Inspiring. Building. Transforming.

Horizons transforms the way students see themselves and their future. Their reading and math skills improve significantly. They return to school excited to learn. They graduate from high school and go on to attend college or other post-secondary training. With a network of support behind them, Horizons students embrace a more expansive view of what’s possible.

Horizons was founded in New Canaan, Conn. 51 years ago and has since grown to over 50 programs at affiliate independent schools and colleges in 17 states.

According to Head of School Rob Peterson, "In partnership with Horizons National, Horizons at The Oakwood School extends Oakwood's mission to instill the strength of character, the wisdom, and the creativity to make a difference in the world, and underscores our belief that private schools must have a public purpose." Oakwood has made a powerful commitment to the Pitt County community with this program, the first of its kind in North Carolina.

Check out Jimmy's Story


Jimmy comes from a home in which his grandmother is the sole caregiver. He is an absolutely amazing kid who simply lacks the resources for success that many of his peers are fortunate enough to have. His grandmother is unable to transport Jimmy to Horizons so another family from our program volunteers to drive him each morning and afternoon. Jimmy does not leave his house much other than school and his limited resources have also led to some struggles in school. When Jimmy entered Horizons last summer he pre-tested at a 0.2 grade equivalency. He struggled with alphabet recognition, early numeracy and many phonic abilities. Jimmy also had never been near a pool and thus his first day of swimming his fear set in. Through all this Jimmy fell in love with Horizons. He worked harder than most of his classmates and his courage was showcased in the pool as by the end of the first day of swimming he overcame his fears and jumped in. By the end of the summer he was fearless in the pool and increased his literacy score to a 0.9 grade equivalency! Jimmy is the true meaning of what Horizons is trying to accomplish. His life and his grandmother's has been forever changed in these six weeks and I know that I will be checking up on him throughout the year and will year great things about his accomplishments in school!

-Kris Arnold, Executive Director 

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Horizons at The Oakwood School is self-funded, deriving 100% of its revenue from generous charitable giving by individuals, foundations, family trusts, community organizations, and corporations. Horizons at The Oakwood School neither solicits nor receives public funding. Horizons operates under the 501(c)(3) status of The Oakwood School. Horizons receives in-kind contributions from The Oakwood School including use of facilities, equipment, and bookkeeping/accounting services, but is financially independent from the School.

Thank you to our 2017 Corporate Partner Leader:


Thank you to these Foundations and Corporations (as of April 28, 2017):

  • Atlantic Wireless through U.S. Cellular and Brandon & Tamira Tate (Corporate Partner -- Leader)*
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • East Carolina Veterinary Service, P.A. and Dr. Linda Kuhn (Corporate Partner -- Supporter)
  • Green Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Greenville (NC) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Horizons National Student Enrichment Program, Inc.
  • Jenni K Jewelry
  • Mebane Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • New Dimensions Community Church, Inc.
  • The Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation, Inc.
  • The Mildred Sheffield Wells Charitable Trust

Thank you to the Individual Donors (as of July 14, 2017):

  • James Arnold
  • Alyssa and Kris Arnold
  • Fred Austin
  • Andrew Baer
  • Jeanette and Jason Barnett
  • Mary and Rob Bauer
  • Faye and Frankie Bordeaux*
  • Frankie, Faye, and Lauren Bordeaux (In Honor of Mr. James T. Burch)
  • Kristin Braswell
  • Ellen and Gary Brock
  • Wanda and Austin Bunch
  • DeDe Carney
  • Wanda Carr
  • Shirley Carraway
  • Jennifer and John Paul Corey
  • Regina and Sterling Edmunds*
  • LaVette Ford*
  • Beth and Randy Fry
  • Jef and Ed Glenn
  • Chris Godley
  • Liza and Steven Hardy-Braz
  • Virginia Hardy*
  • Alicia and Matt Hawk
  • Phyllis and Frederick Horns
  • Michelle and Dave Hunt
  • Hunt McKinnon and Melinda Thomsen
  • Kristin and Jon McPeters
  • Joanne Matthews and Allan Mitchell*
  • Kim and Greg Monroe
  • Elizabeth and Jimmy Nelson
  • Ogi and Reggie Obi*
  • Gini and Rob Peterson*
  • Wendy and Don Price*
  • Brenda and Scot Reeg
  • Eve and Ray Rogers
  • Gerald Ronning
  • Kenneth Royster
  • Kim and Ron Sayers*
  • Kelli and Anthony Smith
  • Gloria Snead
  • Travis Starkey*
  • Tracy and Wayne Strickland
  • Melanie Tedder
  • Eileen and Peter Van Houten

Thank you to the Gift-In-Kind Supporters (as of July 14, 2017):

  • Frankie and Faye Bordeaux*
  • Lauren Bordeaux
  • The Coca Cola Company
  • Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr.
  • Saif Abayazid and Nada Fadul
  • The Oakwood School, Inc.
  • Villa Verde

Thank you to our Partners:

  • East Carolina University
  • Falkland Elementary School
  • Horizons National
  • Lakeforest Elementary School
  • Pitt County Schools
  • The Oakwood School

*Horizons Board of Trustees


Horizons at The Oakwood School in the News:

The Daily Reflector "New public-private enrichment program targets 'summer slide'" -- June 21, 2016

WITN-TV "The Oakwood School first in the state to offer new Horizons program" -- June 20, 2016

WNCT-TV "Low-income students offered free program at The Oakwood School" -- June 20, 2016

The Daily Reflector "Horizons at The Oakwood School Announces First President, Board" -- March 28, 2016

The Daily Reflector Opinion "Our Views: School Joins Enrichment Efforts" -- December 23, 2015

Letter from Kris Arnold, Executive Director -- December 15, 2015

The Daily Reflector "Oakwood School to Help Low-Income Students" -- December 14, 2015

WNCT -- December 12, 2015

Press Release Announcing Horizons at TOS – December 1, 2015

Letter from Oakwood's Head of School, Rob Peterson – December 1, 2015 


 Kris Arnold, Executive Director

Horizons at The Oakwood School
4000 MacGregor Downs Road
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 931-0760

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