Summer Programs

Summer learning programs are crucial to ensuring that children are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to succeed in school, and beyond. New Haven students are welcomed to Yale’s campus for a diverse array of academic and enrichment programming during the summer months. The Ulysses S. Grant Program draws from the experience and enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to challenge New Haven middle school students to acquire the academic support and skills they need to excel in school and prepare for college. Local high school students can also take Yale courses through the Shafer Scholars program, hone their musical talents at the Morse Summer Music Academy, work in laboratories alongside Yale Scientists at the Pathways Summer Scholar program, and much more.

Summer Programs Programs

Camp Kesem At Yale

Camp Kesem at Yale supports children and youth in the greater Connecticut community whose families have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Kesem’s mission is to support children through and beyond a parent’s cancer. This camp experience has a lasting impact on youth by providing them with a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence, and allows them to just be kids for one week of the year.

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 and lecturers, students gain invaluable experience in close reading, analytic writing, and college-level discussion.

Discovery to Cure High School Internship Program

Discovery to Cure exposes students to laboratory research and promotes interest in science and medicine. Rising high school seniors spend six weeks working in a laboratory with a scientist learning research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, RTPCR, and electron microscopy. Since its inception in 2003, over 260 high school students, undergraduates and high school teachers have successfully completed the program.

Music in Schools Morse Summer Music Academy

The Morse Summer Music Academy is a free music program for intermediate and advanced music students in the band, choir, and/or orchestra programs in the New Haven public schools. Over the course of four weeks, students are taught and mentored by a team of music educators from the New Haven public schools and Teaching Artists from the Yale School of Music.

Pathways Summer Scholars Program

The Pathways Summer Scholars program brings 100 public high school students to study science for two weeks on Yale’s campus. Summer Scholars provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum that emphasizes discovery, critical thinking, and problem solving. Rising seniors have the opportunity to live on campus during the program and engage in a variety of college-prep enrichment activities.

Play2PREVENT Lab - ForAGirl Program

Using an innovative videogames research program at the play2PREVENT and play4REAL Labs at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games as a platform, the ForAGirl program provides training and mentorship to summer program participants in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, medicine, and research. Scholars learn about serious and commercial game development, game intervention design and evaluation methods, data collection and analysis, and community engagement.

Shafer Family Summer School Scholarships for Yale University Summer Session

Shafer Scholars are New Haven high school juniors nominated by their high school guidance counselors to enroll in a five-week Yale summer session program in the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. A scholarship from the Shafer family of New Haven provides full tuition for two courses, room and board, a book allowance, and a stipend for each student. Students take Yale College courses in the company of college students and are able to earn college credits.

Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI)

The Yale Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI) connects highly qualified Yale Pathways to Science students with science research internships at Yale. During the summer, students participate in a series of workshops and activities that supplement their internship experiences and enhance their scientific research skills. Students are paired with Yale undergraduate mentors, who provide one-on-one-one guidance throughout the six-week internship experience.

Ulysses S. Grant Program

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.

WILL POWER! Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre

WILL POWER! is Yale Repertory Theatre’s annual educational initiative that features specially-priced tickets and early school-time matinees for middle and high school student groups. The program often includes free professional development for educators, study guides for students, and post-performance discussions with members of the company.

World Languages Summer Camp

In partnership with New Haven public schools, the Yale MacMillan Center Council on Middle East Studies sponsors a free two-week summer language program for New Haven public school students in grades 6–9. 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.

Write Out Loud Summer Workshop Series

Write Out Loud, a one-week intensive writing workshop series, gives Pathways high school students a chance to read, write, and raise questions about topics such as rebellion, identity, success, and education. With the guidance of Yale instructors in a seminar setting, students read and analyze historical documents, essays, art, and film and practice college-level writing at the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

Yale Center for Analytical Sciences (YCAS)

YCAS Young Scholars is an intensive, two-week summer program geared to promising high school juniors and seniors interested in math and science. Students are introduced to biostatistics and statistical computing using the R programming language, and to research methods used in medical science. Students work in teams, using real health science data, to address study questions and develop a final presentation of their work.

Yale Center for British Art Summer Teacher Institute

This program offers practicing teachers an enriched understanding of how visual art can support their students’ reading, writing, and thinking. Workshops, discussions, and lectures by university faculty and museum educators demonstrate how “visual text” can be used to enhance literacy instruction. Institute sessions include hands-on experience with works of art and exploring ways to make the museum an extension of the classroom. Participants are given the tools they need to lead dynamic museum visits and to incorporate visual arts into classroom instruction.

Yale Community Rowing

The Yale Community Rowing Program (YCR) officially began in 1999 with the idea that opportunities in the sport of rowing could be made available to young people throughout this community. The program has grown to become one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, unique in its scope and inclusiveness. Each year, close to 900 young people between the ages of ten and seventeen take part in YCR-sponsored activities.

Yale Daily News Summer Journalism Program

Run by members of the Yale Daily News, the Summer Journalism Program is a one-week intensive course in journalism for high school students. Students participate in workshops on the fundamentals of reporting and writing, attend lectures by guest speakers from major national publications, and create a full summer edition of the Yale Daily News by the end of the week. The program is open to all Connecticut high school students and is free for New Haven Public School students.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.