Where can a student take a swimming lesson, practice counting to 100 and build a fort all in the same day? HORIZONS at LMS - that's where!
We had our fourth summer of hosting 3.5 to 9 year olds and welcomed 44 deserving, low income students from Lexington and Waltham on July 9th for six consecutive weeks of learning and lots of laughter. All students learn how to swim, or have access to scheduled water play blocks; older students travel to a local pool for structured lessons, while our pre-school group remain on campus for time at the water table, a chance to frolic in the sprinkler and splash in the kiddie pools.

The HORIZONS at LMS Program strives to strike an appropriate balance between academic learning and meaningful recreational activities, which will be further enhanced by the recent acquisition of 19 additional acres of land for outdoor exploration.  We are extremely proud that participating students are exposed to the Montessori Philosophy and feel confident that this unique summer experience shapes student development and enhances the learning process that takes place at their respective home schools during the academic year. In short, we are privileged to welcome students back to HORIZONS at LMS each summer through their middle school years!

Lexington Montessori School is proud to serve as an affiliate of HORIZONS National, a 20 year old organization striving to build brighter futures for low-income children.  The HORIZONS program model effectively combines high quality academics with cultural enrichment and confidence-building opportunities. LMS serves as one of only two program site locations in Massachusetts and hosts the youngest students in the national network. In addition, LMS is currently the only participating Montessori school. HORIZONS is designed to have children maintain and make progress academically during the six-week summer program, ready to start the new school year in the fall.
What does the summer program entail?
  • Literacy and math are central to the academic programming
  • Field trips include a service project and lesson in sustainability
  • Ocean life comes to campus
  • Practical life lessons take place during structured meal times and classroom activities
  • Baking lessons yield weekly treats, such as brownies and zucchini muffins and foster community sharing
  • Swimming and water activities are favored by all
The continuation and success of the program depends on the generous support from the community. Your gift allows us to provide transportation, serve two meals daily and teach students swimming, a valuable life skill. Please invest in the future; your donation helps to ensure the annual operation of this very special summer program. To donate, click on the orange 'GIVE TO HORIZONS AT LEXINGTON MONTESSORI SCHOOL' box.

The overall goal is to have each child attend the program through his/her middle school years.  This long term relationship establishes close ties allowing for deep knowledge of each child’s unique learning style and needs, and the privilege of watching each child develop and grow as an individual.

Questions? Please contact Patricia Wilkinson.


Lexington Montessori School has extended the annual HORIZONS Giving Day format to encourage support for this inspirational program.  We have dedicated the entire month of June to raise the revenue that is necessary to provide a high quality academic program to well-deserving, low income students.