Public School Partnerships

Meaningful partnerships lie at the foundation of the work that we do. In recognition that we all benefit by forming one community of learners, our partnership with the New Haven Public Schools is founded on the goals of promoting access, communication, shared resources, and mutual learning.

In 2010, the University announced a commitment as the primary sponsor of the New Haven Promise, a visionary scholarship and support program that promotes college education for New Haven students. This partnership now serves as a model for similar programs around the country. Following a meeting at the White House, during which National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling prompted discussion about the New Haven Promise, Yale President Peter Salovey remarked, “I am delighted to report that there was a high level of interest in what we are doing here in New Haven. If we can be a model for other universities and public school systems in developing innovative programs and pathways to educational achievement, I’m all for it.” Through New Haven Promise, eligible New Haven public school students receive full scholarships for tuition to any Connecticut public college or university, or a partial scholarship towards a private university education.

Public School Partnership Programs

  • Celentano Biotech, Health, and Medical Magnet School Partnership

    Yale’s partnership with Celentano School is designed to supplement the school efforts in implementing a new biotech, health, and medical magnet theme. In the first year of the partnership, teachers participated in professional development workshops to delve into biotech curriculum and, with the support of Yale’s Marsh Botanical Gardens, constructed a school community garden as a tool for hands-on science instruction.

  • Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School Partnership

    Now in its sixth year, Yale’s partnership with Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School aims to enrich the artistic and educational experiences for Co-Op High School students and faculty by developing meaningful collaborations between the Yale and Co-Op communities. Flagship partnership programs include the O’Neill Playwriting Program, the Yale Co-Op Dance Collaborative, and the Artist-In-Residence program. The partnership is supported by various stakeholders including the Beinecke Library, the Yale School of Drama, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and Dwight Hall at Yale. 

  • Dwight Hall at Yale, Center for Public Service and Social Justice

    Dwight Hall is an umbrella community service organization featuring more than 90 student-managed member groups that engage Yale University students in contributing more than 150,000 hours of direct service each year, in tutoring, mentoring, youth development, and advocacy. 

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  • Hill Regional Career High School Partnership

    The Yale partnership with Hill Regional Career High School, a health sciences magnet school in New Haven, provides more than 200 high school students with the opportunity to spend time on Yale’s campus in classes, laboratories, and structured internships during the school year. Each year 20 Yale faculty members and 50 Yale undergraduate, medical, and nursing students support eight different courses, including Human Anatomy and Physiology, that are offered for credit at the school. 

  • MedSci

    MedSci is a student-run organization that teaches elementary school students interesting and useful health skills using a scientific lens. In MedSci sessions, fourth and fifth-grade students are introduced to biological concepts using health examples they can relate to, such as fevers and allergies. The program is free for participants and is currently available in the New Haven area.


  • New Haven Promise

    Yale is a founding and primary sponsor of the New Haven Promise, the only scholarship program of its kind in Connecticut. Promise provides scholarships for New Haven residents who are graduates of New Haven Public Schools and selected charter schools. Students meeting certain achievement, attendance, community service, and disciplinary requirements are eligible for full tuition for in-state public colleges or up to $2,500 annually for in-state private colleges. In the first four years of the program, nearly 600 students are now pursuing higher education with a Promise Scholarship. A key to New Haven’s future, Promise is revitalizing the city of New Haven by increasing educational attainment, cultivating a culture of college-readiness, and promoting community and parental engagement. Yale University contributes up to $4 million annually to provide Promise Scholarships to New Haven graduates. 

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  • Yale Reading Corps at Wexler-Grant School

    Through the Yale Reading Corps, two dozen Yale undergraduates serve directly as teaching assistants in classrooms at Wexler-Grant School—they are a teacher’s right hand in the classroom for several hours per week. Fully integrated into the educational environment, students support the teacher’s activities by helping prepare class materials or working with individual or small groups of students. In addition, the program supports the school’s literacy efforts by hosting Family Literacy Nights and sponsoring book fair events for students to expand their home libraries. 

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