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Yale University President Richard C. Levin (center) is pictured with students from Hill Regional Career High School, one of the many New Haven Public Schools that have a strong partnership with Yale.

Yale & the New Haven Public Schools:
Programs For Students

Yale has built a strong and vital relationship with the public schools in New Haven and the region.

On the campus and in public school classrooms, Yale undergraduate and graduate/professional students as well as professors, nurses, doctors, coaches, curators and administrators from many different parts of the University work together with teachers and students from area schools in a relationship that benefits both Yale and the thousands of students who are being mentored.

The following are just some of the myriad ways this partnership between the University and the schools of the local community fosters the nation's future achievers and scholars.

In the Classroom

* Each year, New Haven high school students can take regular Yale College academic courses for credit and free of charge.

* The Comer School Development Program, which was created by Dr. James Comer at the Yale Child Study Center and is in place throughout the City's public schools, seeks to improve students' academic performance, attendance and behavior through strategies developed together by students, parents and school staff.

* The Yale Schools of Medicine and Nursing join with Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven to provide more than 200 high school students with the opportunity to spend over three years in Yale classes, labs and structured internships.

* SCHOLAR (the Science Collaborative Hands-On Learning and Research) program is a three-week summer residential program on campus for students in grades 10 through 12. These high school students take science and SAT/college preparatory courses from Yale and the faculty of Hill Regional Career High school.

* Since 1953, through the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, Yale students have taught mathematics and English to New Haven students. Using strategies devised to provide the students with intellectual challenges, the program offers hands-on, learner-driven, project-based lessons that include a great deal of writing.

* Yale Engineering has a Frontiers of Sciences and Engineering program that sponsors an annual series of lectures at Yale for high school students interested in math, science and engineering. This program also provides information about the Yale admission process.

* Through Yale's Dwight Hall, more than 2,500 Yale University students volunteer in New Haven, with many acting as tutors, mentors and advocates in the public schools.

* More than 100 Yale students work as literacy tutors in New Haven through the America Reads Challenge. Yale recruits and trains students who work one-on-one with every 3rd-grade student at Timothy Dwight Elementary School and students who tutor children in Head Start programs.

* A New Haven Citywide Science Fair for children of all ages is sponsored by Yale in partnership with the New Haven Public Schools, the Bayer and Olin corporations and the Connecticut Pre-engineering Program. The fair is integrated into school science curricula and is designed to improve student achievement in science and mathematics through hands-on science education. The fair's mission is also to encourage female and minority students to enter science-oriented careers.

* "Have Bones, Will Travel," a popular outreach program created by Yale School of Nursing faculty member Linda Pellico, teaches New Haven schoolchildren about human anatomy.

In the Arts

* The Yale Center for British Art and the Elm Shakespeare Company reach over 1,600 area students with their collaboration: high school students perform Shakespeare plays for audiences of 5th- through 8th-grade students.

* Through the Instrumental Connections program, Yale volunteers give lessons in instrument and voice to students at the New Haven Public Schools. The program also sponsors special concerts and recitals in the schools.

At the Museums

Thousands of students a year flow through the halls of the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art and Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History, including the following:

* The Peabody Museum offers free return tickets to the families of the over 4,000 New Haven schoolchildren who visit each year.

* The Yale Center for British Art offers a course to Cooperative Arts and Humanities High students co-taught by museum curators and high school faculty in which students visit the center once a week.

* Between September and December alone, tours led by volunteer docents brought close to 4,000 elementary and high school students into the galleries of the Yale University Art Gallery, and a total of 50 teachers attended museum-sponsored workshops.

* Adventures in Art, a new program initiated by a Yale undergraduate, expands the Yale Art Gallery's outreach to New Haven public schools and neighborhoods with after-school projects in community centers and schools followed by a visit to the museum itself.

Out in the Environment

* Open Spaces as Learning Places, sponsored by the Urban Resources Initiatives, a program of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, is designed to teach New Haven 4th- and 5th-grade students from historically neglected neighborhoods about environmental stewardship through exploration of open space sites in their communities.


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