Horizons at Warner (University of Rochester)

U of RHorizons at Warner is a six-week, full-day summer enrichment program on the University of Rochester Campus. Our primary focus is to engage K-8 Rochester City School District students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences in a non-traditional school setting.

The program is designed to allow our new entering kindergarten class each summer to attend for nine successive summers of high-quality academics blended with arts, sports, cultural enrichment, field trips, and confidence-building activities. Each student selects a hobby group for sustained interactions through activities such as sewing, bookmaking, tennis, piano, robotics, organic gardening, dance, and photography.

The close relationships developed between families and Horizons staff, along with engaging instructional approaches, help lead city students in the program to reach their fullest potential. Horizons at Warner is made possible through the generous support of corporations, foundations, and individuals throughout the Greater Rochester area.

The University of Rochester is a private, nonsectarian, research university in Rochester, New York. The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees.


Program Director: Lynn Gatto

2df4514Lynn Gatto taught elementary school in the Rochester City School District for over thirty years. Lynn’s success with urban students has been recognized with many local and national awards. Among those accolades, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Toyota Tapestry Award, New York State Teacher of the Year, and Disney American Teacher. Upon her retirement, Dr. Gatto began her second career as the inaugural Executive Director of the first Horizons program to be hosted by a university on the campus of the University of Rochester. She is also an assistant professor at the Warner School of Education, where she is the Director of Elementary Education.