Because of our educational mission, Yale has a strong commitment to public education and dedicates substantial resources to strengthen K-12 education in New Haven. These resources include facilities, courses, and the talents and services of faculty, students, and staff.
Throughout the school year, there are numerous Yale-sponsored academic, mentoring, and athletic programs in which New Haven youth participate. Yale College academic courses are also made available for credit at no charge to New Haven high school students, and a number of scholarships are provided for Yale College Summer Programs.
Yale is involved in numerous literacy initiatives in New Haven’s public schools. These initiatives include the Yale Reading Corps, which deploys Yale students as individual tutors and classroom assistants at Wexler-Grant School. Yale is also a leading sponsor of the New Haven Reads Book Bank.
Partnerships with some of New Haven’s magnet high schools, such as the ongoing relationship between the Schools of Medicine and Nursing with Hill Regional Career Magnet High School, have become an important part of our efforts. Likewise, the collections, faculty and staff of the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, and Schools of Music and Drama have become an integral part of the curriculum of the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School.
Professional development opportunities for teachers through the Yale-New Haven Teacher’s Institute, the Yale Peabody Museum Fellows and Public Education Department, and the Program in International Education Resources have served to strengthen teaching and learning in all of the local schools. Each year through these programs Yale faculty members and New Haven’s teachers work together using the University’s world-class resources to study subjects in-depth and develop new curricular materials for the public schools.
Additional programs supported by members of the Yale community include the museum education programs that bring over 25,000 area children to programs at the Yale art and natural history museums. There is also a growing number of summer, recreational and academic programs run by Yale Athletics and other departments that enroll over 600 New Haven youth every summer.