Programs for Students

  • Academic Yale University College Courses

    Qualified New Haven high school juniors and seniors can enroll in Yale academic courses. Participating students receive a full scholarship covering tuition costs. The program provides an opportunity for high school students to experience a collegiate academic setting and earn credits which may then be transferred to the college of their choice following high school graduation. 

    For more information, click HERE

  • All-City Honors Ensembles

    The All-City Honors Ensembles provide the best young musicians in New Haven with high-level ensemble experiences in band, chorus, and orchestra. Ensembles are directed by a combination of Yale Teaching Artists, New Haven public school music teachers, and special guests. Students in grades 4–12 are eligible to audition for the ensembles each October. The program culminates in an annual spring concert held at Yale’s Sprague Hall. 

    For more information, visit the Music in Schools website. 

  • Citizens-Thinkers-Writers

    Citizens-Thinkers-Writers is a two-week summer residential program for students from New Haven public schools who are interested in exploring fundamental human questions in a college setting. In small seminars led by Yale professors, students gain invaluable experience in close reading, analytic writing, and college-level discussion. During the program, students actively participate in a long-running philosophical conversation that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome and link this conversation to their own experiences. After completing the summer program, students become CTW Fellows and continue to work with the faculty, undergraduate residential teaching assistants, and graduate coordinator throughout the academic year.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Co-Op After School (CAS)

    CAS, which operates out of Dwight Hall at Yale, offers nearly 50 after school programs for Co-Op students each semester, ranging from bhangra dance and improv comedy, to ceramics, cooking, debate, chess, and a cappella singing. More than half of the student body participates in after school programming each semester. Program instructors include Co-Op faculty, Yale graduate and undergraduate students, and New Haven community members. CAS is supported by the Yale/Co-Op Partnership. 

  • East Rock Record Journalism Program

    The East Rock Record is the school newspaper produced by 45 student reporters in grades 3-8 at East Rock School. Students work with high school and Yale College student mentors to brainstorm, plan, report, and write stories of interest to the school community. For each issue, the newspaper holds “press conferences” with prominent community members who meet with students and answer their queries. Past guests have included Mayor Toni Harp, New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patricia Ferrick. Artists have performed for student reviewers, including filmmaker Magalis Martinez and the Yale Whiffenpoofs. Each spring, students travel to the state Capitol to meet and interview lawmakers and visit with the state’s political reporters in the pressroom. Two editions of the newspaper are published each academic year, with 3,500 copies printed and distributed throughout the school and New Haven communities. 

  • Hemispheres

    Hemispheres, a program of the Yale International Relations Association, brings more than forty 8th-12th grade students from New Haven public schools to Yale’s campus every week to explore topics in international affairs and develop students’ analytical, creative, and critical thinking skills. In addition to weekly sessions, Hemispheres offers two field trip opportunities for students to visit the United Nations Development Program Headquarters in New York City, where students meet with UN ambassadors and learn about diplomacy from experienced professionals, and to visit Washington, D.C. for a weekend of educational and cultural activities including visits to the US Institute of Peace, the Supreme Court, and international embassies. As part of Hemispheres, students also participate in the annual Yale Model United Nations conference.

    For more information, visit the Hemispheres website

  • Instrumental Connection

    Instrumental Connection is a Yale undergraduate group that leads weekly music lessons for students in grades 4-8 in New Haven schools, teaching instruments ranging from violin to clarinet to bongos. 

    For more information, visit the Instrumental Connection website

  • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

    The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project is a collaborative teaching program that sends law students into local public high schools to teach Constitutional Law. Participants in this student-run organization also have the opportunity to coach their students in a national moot court competition, the first round of which is run by the Yale chapter right here in New Haven.

    For more information, visit the Yale Law School’s website.

  • Music In Schools

    During the academic year, the Music in Schools Initiative places graduate student teaching artists from the Yale School of Music in more than two dozen public schools throughout New Haven. Teaching artists are trained to complement the work of full-time New Haven public school music teachers. They teach sectionals, ensembles, private lessons, and other activities depending on the needs of the school to which they are assigned.

    For more information, visit the Music in Schools website

  • Music in Schools Music Festival

    During school breaks, the Music in Schools Initiative hosts music festivals at LincolnBassett School and Fair Haven School. For 120 students in grades 4-8 representing 23 New Haven schools, vacation from school doesn’t mean taking a break from music. Led by 19 graduate student teaching artists from the Yale School of Music, students enjoy a variety of music instruction, including private lessons, small sectionals, and large ensembles—a week of joyful music-making in a welcoming environment. 

    For more information, click HERE.

  • NACLO Linguistics Olympiad at Yale

    The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is a contest for middle and high school students in which students solve linguistics puzzles drawn from a variety of languages. The puzzles emphasize logic and reasoning skills, and no prior knowledge of world languages is necessary for students to participate. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in Yale’s Linguistics Department lead training sessions for students in preparation for this international competition. 

    For more information, click HERE

  • Splash at Yale

    Splash at Yale is a biannual event that brings local middle and high school students to Yale University for one day of unlimited learning. Students take classes in a variety of both conventional and unconventional subjects taught by Yale undergraduate and graduate students. In past programs, exciting classes ranged from Introduction to Improv Comedy to Elementary Particle Physics, from Kafka and Monty Python to Graph Theory.

    Visit the Splash website for more information and to register.

  • Urban Debate League

    The Urban Debate League seeks to promote debate in New Haven public schools in order to increase students’ research, public speaking, and critical thinking skills. Coaches work weekly with teams in ten New Haven high schools, focusing on a different topic and set of debating skills each month. Students learn the rules of parliamentary debate and compete in regular district-wide tournaments held on the Yale campus. 

    For more information, visit the Urban Debate League website

  • Windham Campbell Literary Festival

    The Windham Campbell Literary Festival brings the Windham Campbell prizewinners in the fields of drama, non-fiction, and fiction to Yale’s campus for a week of celebratory events. Now in its third year, highlight events from past festivals have included a panel discussion and writing workshops for students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, a literary “speed dating” event, film screenings, and a group reading by all the prizewinners. Many Festival events are free and open to the public. 

    For more information, visit the Windham Campbell Prizes website

  • World CLASS

    The World Culture and Language After School Studies (World CLASS) program offers language and cultural exposure in seven less commonly taught languages including Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Russian. Weekly classes are taught by Yale faculty and graduate students as well as local teachers. The program is open to all high school students in Connecticut, and currently serves 120 students. The program is free for New Haven students. World CLASS culminates with a spring festival for students and their families, where students showcase the language skills they have developed over the course of the year, sample cuisines from around the world, and celebrate international cultures with live performances. 

    For more information, please visit the World CLASS website

  • WYBC Yale Radio Internship

    The WYBC Yale Radio Internship uses the radio waves to give New Haven high school students a voice. Student interns meet weekly throughout the year. In these sessions, students learn about radio techniques and mechanics and then the intern group takes over the controls for the “Teen Takeover” hour. Over the course of the program, students learn how to run their own news segments, talk shows, music hours, and radio dramas. As a final project, students also have the opportunity to combine elements from what they have learned to form their own personalized shows.

  • Yale Center for British Art Artworxx for Teens with ASD

    The YCBA leads a bimonthly collaborative museum and studio art program to teen girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders as part of the Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center. Over the last ten years, ASD interventionists and researchers have begun to appreciate that the development of socialization and communication processes for girls and women is quite different from that of boys and men. This Initiative is designed to address these communication and socialization differences through recreational and communal activities. These activities allow participants to pursue their particular interests and leisure activities in a safe and supportive environment. 

    For more information, click HERE.

  • Yale Center for British Art Exploring Artism

    Exploring Artism is a free program at the Yale Center for British Art for families with children on the autism spectrum. Developed in consultation with the Yale Child Study Center, the program adopts a multi-sensory approach to teaching students about paintings in the galleries. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the paintings and then engage in a craft activity related to a painting they have seen.   

    For more information, visit the Yale Center for British Art website.

  • Yale Center for British Art Family Programs

    The Yale Center for British Art sponsors several annual events for families and children. The annual Children’s Film Festival features inspiring and award-winning short films for a young audience, with popcorn and live entertainment before the show. The High Seas and High Tea program invites children to dress up and come to the museum for morning activities and make-your-own treats. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Center for British Art website.

  • Yale Center for British Art Guided Tours for K-12 Student Groups

    The educational programming at the Yale Center for British Art is designed to support literacy instruction and complement curriculum goals and standards. Each year, every 3rd grade student in New Haven visits the YCBA twice. Bringing art into the learning process builds students’ inquiry, observation, description, and analysis skills. The YCBA offers free guided tours of its collection for school groups. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Center for British Art website.

  • Yale Children's Theater

    The Yale Children’s Theater is a Yale undergraduate organization that brings together a group of Yale students devoted to teaching, entertaining, and engaging kids with the dramatic arts. The Yale Children’s Theater produces four student-written shows each year, offers drama workshops for local students, and performs throughout the New Haven community, programming that reaches hundreds of students per year. The Yale Children’s Theater also offers special programs like Hands On, Off Book, and Curtain Call, eight-week drama workshops that are designed to introduce young students in grades K-8 to theater. The program is free of charge for New Haven students and held on weekends at Dwight Hall during the academic year. 

    For more information, please visit the Yale Children’s Theater website

  • Yale Model Congress

    Yale Model Congress provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about and experience the American legislative system firsthand. As part of the program, students learn parliamentary procedure, write legislation, develop research strategies, and practice public speaking skills. During the annual Yale Model Congress conference, students assume the responsibilities of elected representatives and tackle the issues facing our nation. In the four-day conference, students are assigned to a Congressional committee, debating issues of relevance to national security, the environment, and many more political arenas. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Model Congress website

  • Yale School of Drama Dwight/Edgewood Project

    The Dwight/Edgewood Project brings eight 6th and 7th grade students from Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School to the Yale Repertory Theatre for a month-long, after school playwriting program designed to strengthen students’ self-esteem and creative process. The program includes one-on-one mentoring, theater games, numerous playwriting exercises and a weekend long writing retreat in northern Connecticut. Yale School of Drama students lead the program, serving as mentors, directors, and theater technicians. The program culminates in June with the presentation of eight original plays over two evenings of free performances.

    For more information, visit the Yale Repertory Theatre website

  • Yale School of Drama WILL POWER!

    WILL POWER! is Yale Repertory Theatre’s annual educational initiative, in conjunction with one of its productions.  WILL POWER! features specially-priced tickets and early school-time matinees for middle and high school student groups. The program also includes free professional development for educators, study guides, and post-performance discussions with members of the company. Since the program’s inception in 2003, more than 20,000 students and educators from across Connecticut have participated. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Repertory Theatre’s website

  • Yale University Art Gallery Family Programs

    The weekend family programs at the Yale University Art Gallery are designed to help start conversations about art with children of all ages. Last year, nearly 1,800 people participated in family programs at the museum. At the monthly Stories and Art event, Yale University Art Gallery teaching staff tell folktales, myths, and exciting stories from all over the world that highlight unique features of selected objects in the Gallery’s collection. Children are provided with drawing materials as tales of distant times and faraway lands inspire them to view art in new ways. The annual Family Day at the Yale University Art Gallery invites families to explore the collection and build together through tours, storytelling, and art-making activities.

    For more information, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website

  • Yale University Art Gallery Guided Tours for K-12 Student Groups

    School groups can explore the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection, buildings, and exhibitions on free, interactive guided class visits. Visits for school groups are led by the museum’s Gallery Teachers, Yale graduate students trained as museum educators. Class visits stress critical thinking, observation skills, and creative evaluation through close examination and discussion of works of art and are tied to Connecticut learning standards. This past year, more than 12,000 K-12 students visited with their classes and as part of after school programs. 

    For more information, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website

  • Yale University Art Gallery Museum Club

    As part of the partnership between the Yale University Art Gallery and Betsy Ross Arts Magnet Middle School, visual arts students from Betsy Ross visit the Gallery with their parents monthly for a tailored after school program.  

    For more information, visit the Yale University Art Gallery website

  • Yale University Art Gallery Sidewalk Studio

    Sidewalk Studio is an outdoor program set up in front of the Gallery that fosters impromptu art making on a drop-in basis. Led by Gallery staff and Yale University undergraduate and graduate students, each session focuses on a single medium and connects to related works in the collection.

  • Yale University Art Gallery Teen Program

    The Art Gallery Teen Program is open to all local high school students. Students meet weekly for sessions focused on making art and exploring the Gallery’s collections. This past year, students worked in the studio on portraits and  print-making, examined special collections in the Gallery’s print room, and met with Artist-in-Residence Daze Ellis as he worked on a multi-section mural in the Gallery’s lower level. 

    For more information, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website

  • Young Artists Solo Showcase

    The Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Showcase takes place annually in Sprague Memorial Hall at Yale. A collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, the competition offers talented NHPS music students the opportunity to perform individually before a panel of judges made up of music professionals from Yale and community music organizations. The 2015 showcase featured 54 student musicians representing 16 different New Haven schools. Top performers at each level are awarded prizes, including tickets for their family to attend a Yale School of Music performance.

    For more information, visit the Music in Schools webpage