Our orientation offers a comprehensive overview of how to use our unique teleconferencing software and online submission systems, how to best uphold research ethics and academic honesty, and how to navigate the transition from writing shorter to longer form essays.
Group Class with Professor:
Fourteen times throughout the trimester, each cohort of Horizon scholars meets together for either a group class or office hour session led by their professor. Group classes often involve class discussion of suggested readings, peer review sessions, and in-class debates and simulations.
Discussion & Office Hours with Teaching Assistants:
Three times throughout the trimester, each cohort of Horizon scholars meets together for a discussion session led by their teaching assistant. Students may also book up to 3 individual office hour sessions with their TA in order to solicit additional feedback about their paper. All Horizon teaching assistants are either MA, MS, or Ph.D. candidates.
At Horizon Academic, we aspire to provide the best possible training and mentoring to students as they navigate their research projects. To that end, Horizon offers online writing clinics to assist with general writing and composition, allowing class time to focus on the substance of each scholar’s research. Writing assistants identify stylistic, grammatical, and other procedural areas through which students may improve their draft papers.
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
25 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
Grades and assessments show how well you did.
All students at Horizon Academic get a letter grade from their professor 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 thier 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 thier 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.