(WTNH) — Superintendent of New Haven schools, Garth Harries, sat down with Ryan to discuss the New Haven School Change initiative. This is an initiative that aims to not only improve student’s education, but also their socioemotional and physical health. Currently, 17 schools host health based clinics that are home to numerous nurses and school aides. The future is just as exciting with 5 schools announcing that they will soon offer dental services.
This announcement is simply a continuation of the initiative that is now 5 years in the making. During this time, New Haven School Change has become a nationally recognized initiative that has had a tremendous impact. New Haven Public Schools have seen a 10% increase in enrollment, while other Connecticut cities are seeing their enrollment drop. Graduation rates are up 17 points in addition to more of those students enrolling at colleges and universities.
The enrollment and graduation rates are particularly important for New Haven Public Schools because of the diversity each school brings to the city. New Haven is home to 48 public schools including magnet, charter, and neighborhood schools. Each day, each school opens their doors to not only New Haven residents, but students from the surrounding suburban areas and adults looking to continue their education. Together, the students, staff, parents, and community all join in the mission of giving kids the chance to rise!
For more information about New Haven School Change or New Haven Public Schools, please visit nhps.net.
Open House for parents at K-8 schools is Sept. 29.
For parents of high schoolers, Meet the Teacher night is September 30