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Expanding Horizons

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Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons is an afterschool and summer program that provides middle school students with academic support and project based learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts and physical education. Our enrichment offerings provide opportunities for students to be more active and creative, while also incorporating social-emotional learning and career exposure and exploration.

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.


Fall 2020


Following up on our successful in-person summer program, Expanding Horizons is shifting some of its afterschool programming to provide in-person support to students in successfully accessing and participating in remote learning during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In collaboration with Salem Public Schools (SPS), Expanding Horizons will operate “Hub Labs” two days a week during the school day to provide academic and technical support to Salem students in grades 6-8 identified by schools as in need of in-person support. In addition to providing support with remote instruction provided by SPS teachers, Expanding Horizons will offer enrichment opportunities to provide fun, project-based learning experiences in science, engineering, the arts and fitness with career exploration infused throughout. During the program day we will incorporate games and group discussions to provide opportunities for students to build their social emotional skills. This program will be FREE of charge and transportation to and from the program will be provided if needed. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

The program will operate two days a week during school hours starting the first week in October. Participating students need to be referred to the program by City Connects Coordinators. More details will be announced soon.


Beginning in late October or early November, Expanding Horizons will start up virtual afterschool sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The afterschool sessions will include enrichment activities, games, and homework support.  Registration information will be posted in early October.


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).