From the New Haven Independent:
High-schoolers will now be able to take real college courses right inside their high schools.
That’s the result of a new partnership between New Haven Public Schools and Southern Connecticut University that was inked on Thursday morning inside Hillhouse High School’s Floyd Little Athletic Center.
Currently, through the College Beyond College program, close to 50 top-performing high-school students travel to the Southern’s campus for tuition-free seminars. But starting next year, for the first time, Southern will let students take those courses right within their high school.
The tuition-free classes will be taught either by professors who are already on the SCSU faculty or by high-school teachers who are qualified enough to become SCSU adjuncts. Officials said they’re not sure yet how many courses will be offered at each school or in what subject area.
“Our goal is to ensure that children in this community aspire to access to higher education — preferably at Southern, but more importantly that they aspire nonetheless,” said Joe Bertolino, Southern’s president since 2016. “We consider that our mission and part of our social-justice values. We’re excited to partner in many new ways with the city. We are the public university of New Haven, and we will continue to be in and of the community.”
Bertolino announced a number of other city initiatives: The university will offer free on-campus housing to 10 students through the New Haven Promise scholarship program. It will offer $200,000 in scholarships to local grads. Six students in social work will help the New Haven Housing Authority help families in West Rock with truancy, financial literacy, and other matters. And faculty will start doing more workshops at Newhallville schools and hold a career day at Common Ground High School.
Read the New Haven Independent's article “SCSU Brings Its Classes Into High Schools,” featuring Elm City Communities/ Housing Authority of New Haven.