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Expanding Horizons

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Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons provides free remote learning support, after-school, and summer programs to middle school students in Salem. The programs offer innovative curriculum designed to enlighten their minds in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math with linkages to career and post-secondary options.

Expanding Horizons is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is run in partnership with Salem Public Schools.


SPRING 2021 – Registration is now open!

Following a successful in-person fall and winter program, Expanding Horizons is accepting new students in its spring program which will run after school.


Start Date: April 27th
Days: Tuesdays AND Thursdays
Time: 2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Location: Collins Middle School
Registration: Click Here

In collaboration with Salem Public Schools (SPS), Expanding Horizons will run after school programming to provide students with academic support and a chance to connect with peers and staff.

Expanding Horizons’ after school program will provide students with:

  1. Support with homework and classwork from program staff
  2. Enrichment opportunities that include fun, project-based learning experiences in art, intro to technology and team sports
  3. Career exploration activities
  4. Games and group discussions to provide opportunities for students to build their social emotional skills.

This program is FREE of charge and transportation home from the program will be provided if needed. Snacks are also provided.


Summer 2021 – Registration is now open!

Expanding Horizons is accepting new students for its summer program which will run from Tuesday July 6th to Thursday August 5th for rising 6th – 8th students from Salem. Students should be referred to the program by City Connects counselors at their school.


Start Date: Tuesday, July 6th
Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Saltonstall School (tentatively)
Registration: Click Here


Project-Based Learning: The program day starts with interdisciplinary project-based learning experiences. Students will be placed in a cohort based on interest and grade level. Project-based learning opportunities will be offered in areas such as:

  • Social justice
  • Technology (computer coding, Lego robotics, drones)
  • Diversity of habitats/sustainability
  • Service learning (getting food to the hungry)
  • Service learning (with intensive language support for English Learners)
  • Building essential life skills
  • Technology and fashion: using technology to improve what we wear

Afternoon Enrichment Opportunities: All students participating in Expanding Horizons, will choose an afternoon enrichment. These may include activities such as art, photography, drama, team sports, dance, health and fitness, mixed martial arts, and drumming.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily. Limited transportation will be provided based on need to and from the program. Students will be cohorts of 12 or less, and district COVID safety procedures/protocols will be followed throughout the program. All Expanding Horizons programs are staffed by community partners, Salem Public School and LEAP for Education employees.

Students are expected to attend all 5 weeks of the program.

Space is extremely limited for this program and is first come, first serve.  Once you have registered, we will confirm enrollment in the program by the first week in June.

Photos from the Summer Program – 2020

What is LEAP for Education’s Role?

LEAP for Education, Inc. is working with the Salem Public Schools to act as Program and Academic Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Center at Collins Middle School. As Program Coordinator, LEAP works with the site supervisor to assure that all the grant requirements are being met and that the academic quality, enrollment, attendance and assessments meet the high standards of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In addition to Expanding Horizons, LEAP staff provides program coordination for other 21cclc programs including Horace Mann Learning Lab at the Horace Mann Lab Elementary School in Salem (grades 3-5).


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