Programs for Students

  • Academic Yale University College Courses

    Qualified New Haven high school juniors and seniors, who have been selected by their schools, can enroll in Yale academic courses. Participating students receive a full scholarship to cover tuition costs. This 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.

  • 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 a winter concert at Wilbur Cross High School and a spring concert held at Yale’s Sprague Hall.

    For more information, visit the Music in Schools website

  • Arabic and Hebrew Summer Camp: Making Connections Through Languages and Music

    In partnership with New Haven public schools and the Yale MacMillan Center Council on Middle East Studies sponsors a free two-week summer language program for 15 New Haven public school students in grades 6–9. Students will learn basic introductory Arabic and Hebrew through the context of music and culture. The purpose of this camp is for students to develop an appreciation of the commonalities between many languages, cultures, and musical traditions, as well as an introductory knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew.

    More info here

  • Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

    The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library inspires engagement with the past, in the present, for the future. One of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, it is Yale University’s principal repository of literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The exhibition hall is free and open to the public daily, with the Gutenberg Bible and Audubon’s Birds of America on permanent view along with special exhibitions. The Beinecke Library’s collections are used to create new scholarship by researchers from around the world in a wide range of fields, from literary and cultural studies to the history of science, music, theater, and art; the history of the book, of photography, graphic design, and architecture; as well as social, intellectual, and political history. The collections are particularly strong  in Medieval, Renaissance, and eighteenth- century Europe; American literature; Western  Americana; nineteenth-century imperialism; African American culture; British literature; gay, lesbian, and transgender studies; transatlantic Modernism; postwar counterculture; and contemporary American poetry.

    For more information, visit the Beinecke’s 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 meet with the faculty, undergraduate residential teaching assistants, and a graduate coordinator throughout the academic year.

    For more information, click HERE.

  • Dining With the Dramat

    The Yale Dramatic Association, also known as the Yale Dramat, is the second-oldest college theater company in the country. At
    Dining with the Dramat, Pathways to Arts & Humanities students join members of the Dramat for an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into theater production. Students engage in conversations with actors, lighting technicians, and directors as they discuss their current musical productions. Pathways to Arts & Humanities students receive free tickets to each performance, and participate in a postperformance actor talk-back.
  • East Rock Record Journalism Program

    The East Rock Record is a school newspaper produced by 30 student reporters in grades 3–8 at East Rock Community Magnet School. Students work with Yale student mentors to brainstorm, prepare, 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 and Senator Gary Winfield. Each spring, students travel to the state capitol to meet and interview lawmakers and visit with the state’s political reporters in the CT Mirror pressroom. Two editions of the newspaper are published each academic year, with 3,200 copies printed and distributed throughout New Haven.

    Follow the East Rock Record on Instagram @eastrockrecord

  • Hear Your Song

    Hear Your Song is an undergraduate organization that gives hospitalized children— or children in long term care—the chance to become songwriters and to hear their songs recorded. Hear Your Song works with children in nearby medical pediatric facilities to write original songs, which Yale College musicians arrange, record, and share with the patients and their families. 

  • Hemispheres

    Hemispheres, a program of the Yale International Relations Association, brings over 60 students in grades 8–12 from New Haven public schools to Yale’s campus every week to explore topics in international affairs and  develop their analytical, creative, and criticalthinking skills. In addition to weekly sessions, Hemispheres offers two field-trip opportunities for students, first to visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where students meet with U.N. officials and learn about diplomacy from experienced professionals, and later to visit Washington, D.C., for a weekend of educational and cultural activities including visits to the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Supreme Court, and international embassies. 

    For more information, visit the Hemispheres website

  • J.M. Bolin Program

    Named after the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School and the first in the United States to become a judge, the J.M. Bolin Program at Yale is an academic and cultural enrichment program designed to engage high school students of African descent. Entering its second year, the program provides New Haven high school students with an opportunity to develop study skills and teamwork as they reflect on readings drawn from African-American studies to reaffirm and preserve traditions of cultural and intellectual community. The program also promotes college seminar-style discussions and networking skills, and exposes local students to the work of Yale professors and students to create a stronger connection with the New Haven community.

  • Knowledge is Power: New Haven Girls' Financial Literacy Day

    During this event hosted by Smart Women Securities (SWS), high school girls are invited to learn about personal finances from Yale students. Lessons and lectures cover topics including personal investing, taxes, and saving for college. Students are also invited to attend a panel on jobs in financial services featuring female college students. 

  • 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.

  • Morse Summer Music Academy

    The Morse Summer Music Academy provides comprehensive summer music instruction for accomplished student musicians from New Haven public schools. The program nurtures and develops creativity, musicianship, and musical leadership in students who are passionate about music. Parental involvement and continuing musical opportunities throughout the school year are hallmarks of the academy. The program is open for application to students in grades 4–12 who sing or play piano or a woodwind, brass, string, or percussion instrument. 

    For more information, visit the Music In Schools website

  • MOSAIC: Minds On Society, Arts, Ideas, and Culture

    MOSAIC (Minds on Society, Arts, Ideas and Culture), is a lecture series that offers students the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions with Yale professors and interactive workshops with graduate students. These events challenge their ideas about identity, civic engagement, history, community, and culture.  Past topics have included “Bus Boycotts: Rosa Parks and Beyond” and “From Damascus to Dunkin’: How Coffee Changed the World.” All MOSAIC events are free and open to the public.

  • 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

    For students in grades 4–8 from 28 New Haven schools, vacation from school doesn’t mean taking a break from music. Led by graduate student teaching artists from the Yale School of Music, 250 students enjoy a variety of music instruction, including private lessons, small sectionals, and large ensembles.  

    For more information, click HERE.

  • Music in Schools: Young Artists Solo Showcase

    Begun in 2008, 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 showcase offers talented NHPS music students the opportunity to perform individually on the Yale School of Music stage and receive commendation in front of the larger NHPS community. Begun in 2008, 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 showcase offers talented NHPS music students the opportunity to perform individually on the Yale School of Music stage and receive commendation in front of the larger NHPS community. 

    For more information, visit the Music in Schools webpage

  • NACLO 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

  • New Voices in Theater

    New Voices in Theater is a playwriting program hosted by Yale Pathways to Arts & Humanities and students at the Yale School
    of Drama. Over the course of eight months, dedicated students from New Haven schools participate in workshops, watch performances, and learn from professionals in the theater industry. Students attend a series of six playwriting workshops, built around plays taking place at Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre. During these workshops, led by Yale School of Drama students, New Haven students practice playwriting, develop their original ideas, and ultimately, write the first draft of an original play and have it workshopped by Yale School of Drama dramaturgs, playwrights, and actors. This year, the New Voices in Theater program culminated in a playwriting retreat at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.
  • Pathways to Arts & Humanities

    Since its inception in fall 2017, Pathways to Arts & Humanities has welcomed hundreds of New Haven public high school students  to Yale’s campus for dozens of arts and humanities programs and events. Programs include: MOSAIC, New Voices in Theater, spoken word poetry workshops, museum visits, and much more. Yale Pathways to Arts & Humanities explores how humans use literature, art, music, theater, history, and language to understand our connection to the world and to one another. Programs encourage creativity, help solve real-world problems, and allow students to become civically engaged both locally and globally. 

  • Pathways to Arts & Humanities Manuscripts and Archives Day

    Pathways to Arts & Humanities students are invited to visit Yale Manuscripts and Archives in Sterling Memorial Library for an afternoon of archival research and digital curating. Students learn about the work of archivists and the extensive resources of Yale’s numerous libraries and explore scrapbooks from 19th-century Yale students and New Haven residents. After the workshop, students curate their own digital “exhibits” that are featured on the Pathways to Arts & Humanities Instagram page. 


  • PIER Summer Institutes

    Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) Summer Institute brings nearly thirty K-12 teachers and community college educators to the Yale MacMillan Center for a three day seminar. The most recent theme, “Refugees in Recent History: Focus on the Middle East,” explored ‘refugee’ as defined by international law. Through three days of interactive sessions, participants developed an appreciation for why and how people take the difficult step to leave their homes, the diversity of refugees over time, and how society is dealing with this crisis. Participants left the Institute with a robust bibliography, including visuals and other resources, for curriculum building in their classrooms.
    For more information, visit the PIER website
  • 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. Students get to learn about things that they normally would not have access to, empowering them to find what they love to learn, discover new career opportunities, and become tomorrow’s leaders. Splash at Yale also hosts Sprout!, a similar program that gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into one topic, meeting three to four times for a series of workshops. 

    Visit the Splash website for more information and to register. 

  • Teeth Spoken Word Poetry Showcase

    The mission of Yale’s TEETH Slam Poets is to produce meaningful and illuminating pieces and promote the appreciation of spoken word in the New Haven community. During these outreach events, Pathways to Arts & Humanities students meet Yale’s TEETH Slam Poets for special performances to watch slam poetry in action, participate in small group workshops with TEETH performers, and try their hand at writing poetry.

  • The Yale Education Tutoring Initiative

    The Yale Education Tutoring Initiative is a free academic resource connecting Yale student tutors with New Haven & West Haven Public middle and high school school students. Students are matched with tutors based on academic needs and meet 1-2 times per week October to December. The goal of YETI is to provide structure, academic tutoring, and mentorship to youth as they navigate online learning.

  • Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

    The Ulysses S. Grant Program is a six-week academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven Public Schools held on the Yale University campus. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn upon the enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to deepen students’ current interests and explore completely new ones, while developing their critical thinking and collaborative skills.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Urban Debate League

    The New Haven Urban Debate League (UDL) promotes debate and public-speaking skills in New Haven public schools. Coaches work weekly with teams in 18 New Haven public middle and high schools, focusing on a different topic 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

    Now in its seventh year, the Windham Campbell Literary Festival brings the Windham Campbell prizewinners in the fields of drama, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to Yale’s campus for a week of celebratory events. Highlight events from past festivals have included a panel discussion and writing workshops for students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, 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 CLASS program offers language and cultural exposure in several less commonly taught languages including Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, and Urdu. 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, currently serves more than 120 students, and is free for students attending New Haven Public Schools. 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.

  • WYBCx Yale Radio Internship

    The WYBCx Yale Radio Internship uses radio waves to give New Haven high school students a voice. Student interns meet weekly over six sessions in the spring. In these sessions, students learn about radio techniques an take 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 have the opportunity to combine elements from what they have learned to form their own personalized shows.

  • Yale Center for British Art

    The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom in a landmark building designed by Louis Kahn. The YCBA has a rich array of exhibitions and educational programs, as well as fellowships and academic resources, including a reference library and study room for examining works on paper in the collection. The museum is open to the public and admission is free.

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

  • Yale Center for British Art Exploring Artism

    Exploring Artism is the Center’s free monthly program for families with children who are five to twelve years of age and on the autism spectrum. Participants look at artwork in the museum’s galleries and create a follow-up art project in a museum classroom. A quiet room is available throughout the session with blankets and sensory toys. While the needs of individuals with autism are taken into account for the design of this program, it is also intended to be fun for parents, siblings, and other guardians as well.

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

  • Yale Center for British Art Family Programs

    The Yale Center for British Art offers children’s programs and family festivals that explore the collections and special exhibitions. Through ingallery experiences and art activities, children and families learn about British art and culture. In June, the annual Community and Children’s Film Festival features inspiring and awardwinning short films for a young audience, with popcorn and live entertainment before each show. 

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

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

    School and community groups can explore the Center’s collections, architecture, and special exhibitions on an interactive, docent-led tour. These free tours encourage close looking, critical thinking, and creative evaluation. Upon request, tours can be customized to connect content from the collections to a class curriculum. Classroom and homeschool teachers are welcome to bring their students and lead self-guided visits. The Center’s educational programming is designed to support literacy instruction and complement curriculum goals and standards. Bringing art into the learning process builds students’ inquiry, observation, description, and analytical skills. 

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

  • Yale Environmental Film Festival

    Sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) is one of America’s premier student-run environmental film festivals. In addition to highlighting the brightest environmental storytelling of the past year,  the festival brings celebrated directors and creatives to campus for workshops and discussions of how we can move forward constructively as environmental storytellers.

  • Yale Model Congress

    Yale Model Congress provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about and experience the American legislative system first-hand. 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, such as 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 offered in conjunction with one or more of its productions. It features specially-priced tickets and early school-time matinées for middle and high school student groups. The program also includes free professional development for educators, study guides for students, 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 Summer Debate Program

    Offered by the Urban Debate League, the weeklong Yale Summer Debate Program is open to all New Haven high school students, regardless of debate experience. During the program, students develop their skills in public speaking, constructing arguments, and delivering rebuttals. The program is premised on the philosophy that students can use debate as a tool to critically engage with the world around them, helping them to become better debaters and students, and more active members of society. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Urban Debate League website

  • Yale University Art Gallery

    The Yale University Art Gallery has more than 4,000 works of art on view from cultures all over the world. The more than 200,000 objects in its permanent collection range from American decorative arts and American paintings and sculpture to African art and art of the ancient Americas. In addition to its permanent collection, the gallery also has 21 educational programs, special exhibitions, study rooms, and museum archives. The museum is free and open to the public. 

    For more information, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’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. On the second Sunday of each month throughout the year, families are invited to participate in the Stories and Art program. Tales of distant times and faraway lands inspire children of all ages to view art in new ways. 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. The annual Family Day at the Yale University Art Gallery invites families to explore the collection with special 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

    Begun in 2014, the Teen Program at the gallery 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, and examined special collections in the gallery’s print room.

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

  • Yale University Library Digital Humanities Lab

    Yale University Library Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab) offers cutting-edge research and teaching in the humanities. During the school year, Pathways students are invited to the DHLab for hands-on workshops to explore the many uses of digital humanities, including Story Maps—open source software used to combine maps with text, images, and content to create unique ways of sharing information.