School Partnerships

Meaningful partnerships are the foundation of the work that we do. Recognizing that we all benefit by forming one community of learners, our partnership with New Haven Public Schools is founded on the goals of promoting access, enhancing communication, sharing resources, and mutual learning.

As a preeminent research university, Yale is in a unique position to offer high-quality pre-college educational programming in arts, humanities, and STEM  to more than 2,500 students, teachers, and education professionals in our community.

Yale University is primary sponsor of New Haven Promise, a visionary scholarship and support program that promotes college education for New Haven students. Through New Haven Promise, eligible New Haven public school students receive a full scholarship for either tuition to any Connecticut public college or university, or a partial scholarship toward a private university education.

School Partnerships Programs

Academic Yale College Courses

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. Qualified New Haven high school juniors and seniors, who have been selected by their schools, enroll in Yale academic courses at no cost.

Anatomy Teaching Program at Hill Regional Career High School

Students and faculty from the Yale School of Medicine help teach anatomy and physiology lessons to Hill Regional Career High School students in New Haven. Juniors enrolled in anatomy and physiology courses visit the Yale Medical School Anatomy Lab twice per month. Activities range from learning about anatomy from dissected cadavers, to practicing aspects of physical exams and ultrasounds.

Celentano Biotech, Health, and Medical Magnet School & Bishop Woods Architecture and Design Magnet School Partnerships

Yale’s partnerships with Celentano School and Bishop Woods School are designed to supplement the schools’ efforts in implementing biotech, health, architecture, and design magnet themes.

Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School Partnership

Yale’s partnership with Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School aims to enrich the artistic and educational experiences for Co-Op High School students and faculty by developing meaningful collaborations between the Yale and Co-Op communities. The partnership is supported by various stakeholders including the Beinecke Library, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and Dwight Hall at Yale.

Dwight Hall Public School Internship Program

Students in the Public School Internship Program serve in a critical role as liaisons between a New Haven public school and the Yale community by strengthening current volunteer efforts and finding new ways to match resources at Yale with the needs of each school. Interns provide resources such as tutoring, classroom assistants for teachers, and special programming to enrich current classroom lessons.

FIRST Robotics: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Technology

Hill Regional Career and Amistad high school students— assisted by local companies, Yale students, and volunteers—design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. The program demonstrates to students the fun and competitive spirit that can exist in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Hill Regional Career High School Partnership

The Yale partnership with Hill Regional Career High School provides students access to Yale classes, laboratories, and structured internships. In addition to the Anatomy Teaching Program, the Yale Simulation Academy invites students to the state-of-the-art Center for Medical Simulation to practice hands-on medical treatments.

Hillhouse High School Partnership

The Yale Partnership with James Hillhouse High School supports the Pre-AP program by providing students with academic enrichment opportunities run by Yale faculty and students. During the academic year, Yale supports Hillhouse’s Learning Enrichment Center with virtual tutoring to support to AP students in English, Literature, and Composition.

New Haven Promise

Yale is a founding and primary sponsor of New Haven Promise, which offers scholarships and paid internships for New Haven residents who are graduates of New Haven public schools and selected charter schools. Students meeting certain achievement, attendance, community service, and disciplinary requirements are eligible for up to full tuition for in-state public colleges or a partial scholarship for in-state private colleges. Yale University contributes $4 million annually to provide Promise scholarships to New Haven graduates.

Pathways to Arts and Humanities

Pathways to Arts & Humanities welcomes New Haven public high school students to Yale’s campus for a wide array of arts and humanities programs and events. Programs include: MOSAIC, New Voices in Theater, WriteOutLoud, spoken word poetry workshops, library tours, 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.

Pathways to Science

With an overarching goal to encourage and support promising young scholars to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, Yale Pathways to Science opens the door for middle and high school students to explore STEM at Yale University. The more than 1,800 Pathways students are considered the youngest members of Yale’s scientific community and are invited throughout the year to special events, academic lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, summer programs, and research opportunities. Once accepted into the program, students are invited to attend more than 130 different programs and events annually through their high school graduation and beyond, choosing to participate in the opportunities that interest them most.

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.

Yale Reading Corps

Through the Yale Reading Corps, Yale undergraduate and graduate students serve directly as teaching assistants in classrooms at Wexler-Grant School. Yale students support teachers’ activities by helping prepare class materials or working with individual or small groups of students. Through Yale Reading Corps, Yale students also serve as reading tutors and mentors at New Haven Reads. New Haven Reads aims to increase the literacy skills of children by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank.

Yale Simulation Academy

The Yale Simulation Academy is a procedural-based anatomy and physiology curriculum spanning the school year. Students from Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven come to the Yale Center for Medical Simulation (YCMS) one day a week where they work with physicians and faculty at the Yale School of Medicine. The YSA exposes students to the varied careers within the biomedical sciences, promotes peer mentorship, and supports those interested in higher education.