What Is Horizon Academic？
Horizon Academic (HARP) is a trimester-long online research program for extraordinary high school students to refine their interest in an academic subject. Students will develop a college-level research project under the individualized guidance of a professor from a globally renowned university. Have a look at our courses, find out more about how it works, or ask us a question!
Horizon scholars choose their own field of inquiry and work with their professor to develop a unique research proposal. After a trimester of reading, writing, and exploring, Horizon scholars finish their final projects, most often a 20-25 page research paper. By showcasing a student's very best work, Horizon gives students the opportunity to get letters of recommendation, seek outside recognition of the quality of their work, and demonstrate their exceptional talent to universities.
Our Purely Online Program, By the Numbers
We have had the privilege of working with some of the best high school students in the world on academic research projects since 2016.
We have worked with 391 students to complete independent research projects though our program.
Our team of instructors, teaching assistants, and program staff have a combined total of more than 450 years of teaching, mentorship, and program management experience.
Of class time with professors and our instructional staff.
A 20-25 Page Paper
Is the final product that students complete.
With whom we collaborate, drawn from every Ivy League university, as well as Oxford, Cambridge, UCLA, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and MIT.
65% of our students in Summer 2020 hailed from the United States.
Our international students and faculty hail from 34 countries.
We offer 14 subjects and more than 300 subtopics for student research.
What They're Saying About Us
Reflections from Our Alumni
"It’s an opportunity to showcase my work to the entire world. Horizon has invested a lot into helping me through the process."
Karthik, James Logan High School
"This project was the highlight of my year."
Malika, the American International School
"A big thank you to you for all that you've done for me, from the Horizon program to the publication process after. You have gone over and beyond."
Darynne, Branksome Hall
"I got into the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at UMICH, largely because of the work I did with Horizon."
Danielle, John L. Miller Great Neck North HS
"I feel better prepared to go to the London School of Economics next fall because I participated in Horizon Academic."
Keyun, Ulink College of Suzhou Industrial Park
"It was a great learning experience, and I will carry what I learned throughout college and in my future career."
Harshitha, Canton High School (Massachusetts)
"Horizon was instrumental to for me in writing this paper and getting published in a journal."
Furui, Northeast Yucai School
"This was a very interesting experience and it gave me a good idea of the kind of research I will have to do in the future."
Jedidiah, St. Mark's School of Texas
How Does Horizon Academic Help Students in the College Admissions Process?
In an ever-more competitive admissions landscape, "standing out" matters.
Standing Out, So Colleges See
Who You Really Are
In a stack of thousands of applications, how is yours different?
Completing college level research projects as a high school student makes you unique. Professors are busy people, and it's rare for a professor to work with a high school student on a research project. Most college students don't write a 20 page research paper until well into their college careers. Doing so in high school is exceptional and helps you stand out among thousands of other candidates.
An Assessment from a Professor or Researcher
Grades and assessments show how well you did.
All students at Horizon Academic get a letter grade from their professor or instructor as well as detailed final project feedback on what they did well and areas for improvement.
A Supplement to the College Application
Many universities allow supplemental documents in their applications.
Many universities such as Cornell, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania allow students to send supplemental documents along with an application. Many of our students have send their paper abstracts as application supplements.
Letters of Recommendation and Publication
For students who truly excel.
Our students who do their very best work and impress their professors or TA can request a letter of recommendation for admission to college. Students whose papers are truly exceptional can even get their work published in a journal, accepted at a conference, or selected by an essay contest.
Proof Positive You Can Succeed
In a high-intensity selective program.
Perhaps the best proof that you're capable of college-level work is to do college level work, early on in your academic career. By working with college faculty in a challenging and selective program, you signal to admissions officers that you are up to the challenges of being a student at an elite university.
Depth in Your Extracurriculars
Demonstrate commitment and depth in your after school activities.
More and more colleges such at the University of Chicago, George Washington University, and many top liberal arts colleges have become test optional. Without the SAT or ACT, how you spend your time after school matters more than ever. Yet many students commit to a wide range of extracurriculars, at the expense of depth and long-term improvement. Doing a long-term research project demonstrates that you're different and that you finish everything that you start.
The Impact of China on ASEAN
This paper focuses on the relationship between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. I first analyze various positive and negative impacts that China has had on various ASEAN member states. I conclude that, overall, China exerts a positive influence on ASEAN member states. Competition from Chinese firms drives down prices for consumers in ASEAN countries, while China’s growing economy offers a large market for ASEAN nation exports. As a result of China’s growing presence in ASEAN economies, ASEAN firms may struggle to compete with Chinese firms, and the economic gains of Sino-ASEAN cooperation will likely be uneven, increasing inequality. I contend that these short-term challenges can be mitigated by well-crafted policies and the long-term economic benefits of free market competition.