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Expanding Horizons

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Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons is a free afterschool and summer program in Salem where you can discover fun, new activities (like robotics, cooking, and art) with a caring community of friends and mentors.

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


Program goals

  1. Discover your interests – try new activities and find something you’re passionate about
  2. Connect with others – meet new friends, caring teachers, and people in the community
  3. Grow and improve – keep up with your schoolwork, set goals you care about and start to pursue them, get support with your homework

Program schedule

Session 1 Monday, October 4th – Thursday, December 16th
Days Mondays – Thursdays
(Not including half-days and holidays. Students sign up for 2 or 4 days.)
Time 3:00-5:30 PM
Location Collins Middle School (Salem)


Sandra C.


August 2020 – Summer Week 2
August 2020 – Summer Week 1
June 2020
May 2020


Program design

During the school year, the daily schedule is roughly as follows:

3:00-3:40: Snack, Games, team-building, homework assistance, and check-ins with Expanding Horizons staff

3:40-5:05: Enrichment activities like drones, design, science, drama, and health & fitness

5:05-5:30: Games, team-building, and gym time

In addition to engaging programming, added benefits include:

  • Daily snacks
  • Transportation home at the end of the day
  • Friendly staff of community partners, Salem Public School and LEAP employees
  • District COVID safety protocols in place

Fall program

Fall program offerings may include: Design and Technology, Art and Drama, and Health and Fitness (students select options after registering)

Student eligibility

Open to students residing in Salem, with priority given to students from economically disadvantaged households, English Learners, students of color, and first-generation-to-college students.


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).