Elizabeth Guillen says the Horizons program at New Canaan Country School has “given me the opportunity to follow the American Dream.”

“I could not be more grateful and proud to say that I am a part of this family,” said Guillen, a Norwalk resident who was class speaker at this year’s ceremony to honor its seniors.

That family consists of 23 students from Stamford, Norwalk and New Canaan who are part of the program to assist students from low-income families with mentoring, academic support and college planning. This year, 100 percent of the Horizons seniors graduated from area high schools, compared with the 70 percent of graduates in their peer group.

This year, the Horizons graduating class of seniors are matriculating into 18 colleges, with one senior joining the U.S. Navy. Among the schools are American University, Boston University, Bucknell University, Providence College, Norwalk Community College, the University of Connecticut and Sacred Heart University.

“Horizons is committed to paving the way for every Horizons child to be the best they can be. Horizons students get the support early to build effective study habits, value the learning process and recognize that their future matters,” said Horizons Executive Director Kerry Yeager Stevens.

Horizons works with more than 400 kindergarten through grade 12 students. Students who enter the high school program have spent up to nine years attending the six-week summer program on the campus of New Canaan Country School. In the high school program, students are assigned an academic coach with whom they meet regularly during the school year. Simultaneously, the Horizons high school program provides a college-visiting schedule, which by senior year includes a minimum of 10 college visits.

“Horizons focuses on keeping students engaged in the classroom so that they know learning can be fun. The program also emphasizes that a good education will help them to achieve success in the future,” Guillen said.

For more information, see horizonskids.org