Daily Class Schedule
8:30–9:00: Student Arrival
9:00–9:05: Morning Meeting
9:05–10:20: Humanities Course
10:25–11:40: Investigations Course
11:40–12:20: Lunch (Provided)
12:20: Dismissal for electives
1:45–2:45 Purdy time
3:00-3:30: Pick up
Each day, students take three classes. In the mornings, students take Humanities and Investigations classes with their grade level peers. In the afternoons, students take elective courses that they have chosen in mixed grade level groups. All classes are 7–14 students. Yale students design these creative courses based on the subjects and issues they are passionate about, topics of study that are rare in the traditional public school setting.
- First, a humanities course about topics such as art, writing, poetry, philosophy.
- Second, an investigations course about topics such as biology, chemistry, finance, architecture.
- Lastly, students choose two elective courses to take, one on M-W and another T-Th.
Previous Year Grade Level Course Offerings
Humanities: From Chants to Chance: The Fundamentals of Music
Investigations: Climate Changers: Community Building Through Sustainability
Humanities: Race and Identity through the Arts
Investigations: Architectural Explorations: Concrete, Wood, Technical Drawing, and Urban Drama
Humanities: Welcome to the Good Life: the Philosophy of Living
Investigations: Money Matters: Personal Finance, Government Spending, and Ethical Consumption
Humanities: Thinking and Writing about Selfhood
Investigations: Perspectives on Mental Illness
Example Elective Courses
Exploring the Human Figure: Movement and Drawing
Fake It ‘Till You Make It: Improvisation in the Arts
Fashionable Fictions: What Do My Clothes Mean, and How Do I Make Them?
Fresh Water: Nature’s Circulatory System
From the Beatles to Beyoncé: Pop Music and Its Politics
Real Versus Fake News: The Battle For Truth
Roquette Power: The Science of Fueling the Body
Talk to the Hands: Introduction to American Sign Language
Teen Zines: Independent Publishing in the Digital Age
When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Successful Lemonade Stand: How to Create Your Own Business
13 Reasons Why You Should be Skeptical of Your Favorite TV Show