A Brief History of SOH
John McIvor, while working as an admissions officer for Horace Mann, had the vision of a summer academic enrichment program for local public school students on the campus of the Horace Mann School. With the help of Gary Miller and Bruce Brickman, the founding benefactor, SOH ran its first summer courses in 1994 for 21 students.
The program expanded to offer year-round enrichment, adding an innovative curriculum, a comprehensive admissions process, partnerships with local public schools, middle school, high school and college placement assistance. The program grew by leaps and bounds with the help of luminary educators like Julia Baez-Veliz, Rita Retzlaff, Olga Torres, Anne Gilheany, Claudia Mendez and others.
Now, We're Here
Today with 200+ students enrolled in the grades 3-8 program and another 40+ enrolled in the voluntary high school programs, Summer on the Hill is serving more students than ever. To date we have helped more than 1,600 students from the Bronx and northern Manhattan access higher education.