The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

An educational partnership between Yale and New Haven since 1953

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May 1: U.S. Grant 2020 Program Update

Dear admitted students and families,

We hope you all are doing well and staying safe and healthy during these challenging days.

With great sadness, we write to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 U.S. Grant summer program. To help limit the spread of the coronavirus, social distancing guidelines will remain in place in New Haven and across Connecticut, and Yale University makes clear that gatherings on campus will remain severely restricted through the summer months. This leaves us with little choice. We don’t take this decision lightly; our beloved program has served New Haven students without interruption for nearly 70 years, and we deeply regret not being able to continue the U.S. Grant tradition this summer.

We know that many of you were eagerly anticipating a summer of learning, community, and fun as participants in U.S. Grant. Our admissions committee will grant this summer’s accepted students the benefit of being considered as “returning students” should they apply again next year. While all students must demonstrate a strong academic record and submit a thoughtful application, we give returning students preferential treatment in our process, in recognition of the value of the ongoing community formed at U.S. Grant.

While there is no replacing the experience of the Grant program, the board is exploring the possibility of offering some form of limited virtual programming. To help inform these discussions, we ask that all families complete this survey to indicate your child’s interest in and capacity to take advantage of such an opportunity by Friday, May 15th. We will provide updates about this possibility to interested families by early June.

We are grateful for your understanding and send you our best wishes for good health.

Sincerely yours,

The Board of Directors of the U.S. Grant Foundation

Estimados estudiantes y familias del programa U.S. Grant,

Esperamos que todos estén bien y se mantengan seguros y saludables durante estos días difíciles.

Con gran tristeza, escribimos para informarle que hemos tomado la difícil decisión de cancelar el programa de verano 2020 U.S. Grant. Para ayudar a limitar la propagación del coronavirus, se seguirán las pautas de distanciamiento social en New Haven y en todo Connecticut, y la Universidad de Yale deja en claro que las reuniones en el campus seguirán severamente restringidas durante los meses de verano. Esto nos deja con pocas opciones. No tomamos esta decisión a la ligera; nuestro querido programa ha servido a los estudiantes de New Haven sin interrupción durante casi 70 años, y lamentamos profundamente no poder continuar con la tradición de U.S. Grant este verano.

Sabemos que muchos de ustedes anticipaban ansiosamente un verano de aprendizaje, comunidad y diversión como participantes en U.S. Grant. Nuestro comité de admisiones otorgará a los estudiantes aceptados este verano el beneficio de ser considerados como “estudiantes que regresan” en caso de que vuelvan a postularse el próximo año. Si bien todos los estudiantes deben demostrar un sólido historial académico y presentar una aplicación reflexiva, les damos a los estudiantes que regresan un trato preferencial en nuestro proceso, en reconocimiento del valor de la comunidad en curso formada en U.S. Grant.

Si bien no se puede reemplazar la experiencia del programa Grant, la junta está explorando la posibilidad de ofrecer alguna forma de programación virtual limitada. Para ayudar a informar estas discusiones, pedimos que todas las familias completen esta encuesta para indicar el interés y la capacidad de su hijo para aprovechar esa oportunidad antes del viernes 15 de mayo. Proporcionaremos actualizaciones sobre esta posibilidad a las familias interesadas a principios de junio.

Agradecemos su comprensión y le enviamos nuestros mejores deseos para una buena salud.


La Junta de Directores de la Fundación U.S. Grant

Family Orientation Date and Details

Please note: a copy of this letter will be on its way to you shortly by mail! Thank you for your patience.

Dear U.S. Grant Student and Family,

Congratulations and welcome to the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation Summer Program 2019! All of us involved with the program are eagerly awaiting your arrival. Get ready for six weeks of exciting classes, hands-on learning, and many fun activities with a team of outstanding teachers and a community of wonderful students like you.

We write with information about the summer and the upcoming family orientation on Thursday, June 20th, 2019. Please note that parent/guardian attendance at orientation is mandatory. Because we will be collecting enrollment information, students must have a parent or guardian in attendance at orientation in order to begin the program.

Family and Student Orientation

Thursday, June 20, 2019

6-8 PM


1 Prospect Ave. (at the corner of Prospect and Grove, diagonal from Woolsey Hall)

Please note that parking may be difficult in this area, so plan to come early to allow time for parking. Remember Yale lots are free and open to public parking after 4pm. 

Program Dates – The program begins on Monday, June 24th. The last day of the program will be Friday, August 2nd. Classes are held in Dwight Hall, 67 High Street, on Yale’s Old Campus, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Students may be dropped off at Dwight Hall each day as early as 8:40 AM. Students should go home promptly at 3:00 PM; unfortunately, we cannot stay with students past this time. Drop-off and pickup will be at Phelps Gate this year, located at 344 College Street.

Attendance Policy – In order to provide an excellent educational experience for all of our students, we require a strict attendance policy. We expect students to treat their admission seriously, which means that all students must attend every day of the program, arrive on time, and stay until dismissal. Students who do not meet this expectation will be asked to leave the program. We also ask that you schedule vacations before or after the U.S. Grant Program.

As the start date for the program approaches, do not hesitate to e-mail  with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you all at the U.S. Grant Orientation!


Sana Aslam and Kishore Chundi

Co-Directors, Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

2018 U.S. Grant Admissions Update

Thanks to all who submitted applications to the U.S. Grant Program! We have received an overwhelming number of applications and are still completing our review. Please note that the summer 2018 admissions decisions will be delivered via U.S. Mail to all applicants within the coming days.

U.S. Grant Program Summer 2018

Summer 2018

The dates for this year’s summer program are June 25 – August 3, 2018. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. U.S. Grant upholds a strict attendance policy and only considers students who can commit to attending every day of the program.


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The entire cost of the summer program is $75 and is paid upon acceptance. Financial aid is available to a limited number of students. Those interested in applying for financial aid can do so on the application. Family income and other information may be requested.

More Information

The student application can be found on the Students page.

The application for Yale students wishing to join the U.S. Grant teacher team can be found on the Teachers page.

Apply to U.S. Grant! 2018 Applications are live

2017 Admissions Update

Thanks to all those who applied to participate in the 2017 Ulysses S. Grant Foundation summer program! Our Admissions committee was impressed by the talented pool of applicants that submitted applications this spring and excited by their creativity and enthusiasm.  All admissions decisions will be communicated via U.S. mail and will be sent in the coming days so, please keep any eye on your mailbox for more information!


U.S. Grant Foundation

Summer 2016 Admissions Update

Thank you to all students who applied to attend the U.S. Grant program in summer 2016. We commend all of you for your hard work!

If you have been accepted to the program, let us know if you will join us by returning the “save my spot” form that was mailed to you OR by filling out our Save My Spot Form.

Waitlist students do not need to complete this form. If space opens up for this summer’s program, we will contact you.

Muchas gracias a todos los solicitantes al programa U.S. Grant para el verano del 2016. Los aplaudimos por todo su trabajo duro.

Si fue aceptado al programa, avísenos si usted nos acompañara enviando el formulario  “guarde mi espacio” que le llego por correo O llenando el formulario en esta página: Save My Spot Form.

Estudiantes en la lista de espera no deberían llenar este formulario. Si un espacio se abre en el programa para este verano, nos pondremos en contacto con usted.

Happy Holidays from the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

Watch this video showcasing our 2015 summer program, and please consider donating to support US Grant’s work with New Haven students by visiting our page on by clicking here.


Summer 2014 Electives

Please read about the wonderful electives that our teacher team will be leading this summer.

Monday/Wednesday Electives

Wilderness Survival, Ms. Landon and Mr. Shibayama

Are you eager to explore the great outdoors? In this class, you’ll learn to build shelter, tie knots, start a fire, and stay safe in the wilderness. No matter your experience or comfort level outside of the city, this class will make you feel at home in nature. You’ll make great friends and earn merit badges along the way. Let’s go on an adventure!

To Infinity and Beyond: A Journey through the Universe, Mr. Conlon and Ms. Swong

Ever wished you could sail on the methane lakes of Titan or fall into the black hole at the center of the galaxy? If you’ve been feeling bored here on Earth, join us for this class, which travels from planets to stars to galaxies to the outer reaches of the cosmos. We’ll follow the footsteps of Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein as we tackle the mysteries of the Universe through outdoor activities, games, and a planetarium visit. Students will end with a project on the topic of their choice, whether it’s the fusion of stars, alien life, or anything in between.

Epic: Adventures in Greek Mythology, Ms. Morris

Do you like learning about heroes? About epic battles and journeys to distant lands? In this elective we will learn about some of the most ancient and spectacular heroes that ever lived by exploring the fantastic stories of Greek mythology and epic. Are you ready for a journey to Ancient Greece? If you are, this elective is for you!

Arab Alif, Ms. Korewa

In this class, students will learn a new alphabet, new sounds, and new words. With a focus on reading and basic conversation skills, we will play games, listen to songs, and interact— in Arabic! We will also explore the cultures of Arabic-speaking countries—from couscous to the call to prayer and calligraphy.

How to be Funny: An Introduction to Long-form Improv Comedy, Mr. Buckley

Have you ever been stuck in a conversation where you were at a loss for words?  Do you ever find yourself daydreaming, or talking to yourself in weird accents?  Do you love to make people laugh?  If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then long form improv, the art of making things up, is perfect for you.  In this class we will examining long form improv comedy from both an academic and hands-on perspective.  We will spend time in the classroom studying the history of improv, humor theory (what makes a joke funny), how improv relates to community and how improv can be an empowering tool in our everyday lives.  We will also spend time on the stage starting with the basics of long form improv and moving on to learn how to develop hilarious and meaningful scenes.  Absolutely zero formal experience with improv is necessary, all you need is a willingness to try something new, be goofy, and have fun.

Mock Trial, Mr. Ritchin

What would it be like to serve as a witness, juror, or lawyer? In this class, students will have the opportunity to examine witnesses, design a justice system, and act out a criminal trial from opening statement to verdict. By creating their own courtroom, students will gain a deeper understanding of the American justice system and the power of persuasion.

Tuesday/Thursday Electives

Art Detectives: Investigating Impressionism, Ms. Korewa and Ms. Morris

In this elective, we will be art detectives—using clues we find in paintings to uncover the stories they hold. As part of our detective work, we will get to know the revolutionary group of artists known as the “impressionists.” How and why did these artists paint the way they did? In order to find out, we will take a virtual trip to 19th century Paris to investigate what their every day world looked, felt, and sounded like.  We will also spend time in the Yale Art Gallery training our eyes to decode the paintings and surrounding ourselves with the vibrant colors of impressionism.

Elm City Prose Pros: Creative Writing in New Haven, Mr. Buckley and Mr. Ritchin

Have you ever wondered what the person next to you on the bus is thinking about? Or what New Haven looks like through the eyes of the visitors on a guided tour? This class will aim to answer these questions and more by examining the basic principles of creative writing with a special focus on the city of New Haven and its people. The class will include a trip to the Yale Art Gallery, creative pieces based in New Haven’s public spaces, and personalized feedback on each student’s writing. Ultimately, we hope to help young students become prose pros.

Nerds Play Ball: An Introduction to Sports Analytics, Mr. Shibayama

Why do some teams win consistently? How do you know how good a player will be in the future? In fact, how do you know how good a player has already been? What is Moneyball? We will consider these types of questions in this course through the lenses of various professional sports. By the course’s end, students will be able to debate and research sports through quantifiable terms.

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Environmental Science and Awareness, Ms. Landon

“We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” –Native American Proverb. Get ready to go green! In this class, we will explore mankind’s lasting impact on the environment and what we can do about. Through their own discoveries and experiments, students will examine how human populations are drastically altering natural processes. As protectors of the planet, students will investigate the best ways to minimize their impact on the environment as individuals and as a community.

From Fantasia to Star Wars: The Magic of Film Music, Ms. Swong

Why is the opening fanfare of Star Wars one of the most memorable melodies of all time? What makes the screeching violins in the shower scene in Psycho sound so scary? Why do we view Aragorn as a hero in Lord of the Rings? In this elective, we will explore how music makes movies come to life. Students will learn how composers use rhythm, melody, tempo, instruments’ unique sounds, structure, and other basic principles of music to tell a story. By the end of the summer, students will be able to recognize and express the ways that music creates emotions, advances the plot, and shapes our understandings of characters.

News of World (NOW), Mr. Conlon

This class will explore current events, happening NOW, in America and around the globe. Based primarily on student requests, the curriculum will cover a different NOW event each class, from the World Cup to the Middle East, to Russia, to Connecticut. Through debates, games, and other activities, we’ll work to understand everything going on NOW in our world!

Update: Summer 2014 Program Dates

Due to snow days, the program dates for this summer will now be Monday June 30th-Friday August 1st.

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