Introduced to a new community, students stay on campus, working on projects that emphasize team-building; diversity, equity, and inclusion; health and wellness; financial literacy; and media literacy. They participate in Arty Party, developing and selling products and donating the proceeds to nonprofits. They operate the Greenhouse Business Project, which culminates in the annual Horizons Plant Sale.
“Ninth-graders enter the School from many different experiences and educational backgrounds, so we want to root them here first,” says Ms. Basdekis. Projects are designed to establish a strong foundation and understanding of how to serve on a team, work with others, and identify qualities they bring to the table.
“We want ninth-graders to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others and to have an understanding of cultural competency,” she adds. “In Arty Party and the Greenhouse Business Project, we provide opportunities for students to be creative and entrepreneurial in developmentally appropriate projects.”