ISSP Information



If you haven’t already, please see your ISSP Coordinator as soon as possible if you want to take a class at Gateway or Southern this upcoming fall semester. Applications are due by the end of May.

Click on your coordinator’s name below to send them an email.

Dominique Argo: Dr. Cortland V. R. Creed Health and Sports Sciences High School, James Hillhouse High School, and New Haven Academy (NHA)

Yashika Williams: Hill Regional Career High School, Engineering and Science university Magnet School (ESUMS),  and Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School

Rosalyn Diaz-Ortiz: High School in the Community (HSC) Academy for Law and Social Justice

Julie Reinshagen: Metropolitan Business Academy (MBA), Wilbur Cross High School, and Sound School

Yale Summer Debate Program 2017

Are you looking to improve your public speaking skills? Just want to have some practice with debate? Check out the Yale Summer Debate Program (YSDP) this August!

This is an all-day program for just one week at the end of August. YSDP is free for any students of a school that is a member of the New Haven Urban Debate League. This is true of all New Haven Public High Schools.

The application is due July 25, but students are being admitted as applications come in, so don’t delay! For more information, click here.

Yale Summer Journalism Program 2017

The Yale Daily News Summer Journalism Program is a one-week intensive course in journalism for high-school students. The program is run entirely by undergraduate staff members of the Yale Daily News. During the course of the week, the high-school students participate in workshops on the fundamentals of reporting and writing, attend lectures by guest speakers from major national publications, and work hands-on reporting a story. The week culminates with the production of an issue of the Yale Daily News.

The program is limited to Connecticut residents and is geared toward those with writing or journalism experience, but any Connecticut high-school student with an interest in journalism, writing or photography is encouraged to apply. The program, which is free to all participants, lasts from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. There is no housing available in New Haven, and students are expected to return home each evening.

The 2017 program will be held from August 21-25, and applications are now live! Please find this year’s brochure here and application here.

Aspirations for Higher Learning

The Aspirations for Higher Learning Pre-Collegiate Institute, is 6-week intensive academic initiative of New Haven Public Schools that will run from July 3, 2017 to August 9, 2017. Each day begins at 8:15am and ends at 1:15pm.

The program will operate on on the campuses of Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University. All New Haven area high school students may apply.

We seek students who want a challenge for the summer of 2017. Applications have been mailed to all NHPS students. If you did not receive an application packet, please check with the ISSP coordinator or guidance counselor at your school.

The application deadline is Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.

Montclair State University Hispanic Student College Institute

Montclair State University earned its Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation in March 2016 and, in doing so, became the largest four-year HSI designee in New Jersey. In celebration of Montclair State’s new status, and in keeping with our commitment to educating Hispanic students, the University is hosting a Hispanic Student College Institute for high school juniors and seniors (current Class of 2018 and Class of 2019 students) who identify as Hispanic.

August 1-3, 2017
Montclair State University
Free.  There is no cost to students for participating in the Institute.

As participants in the Institute, students will:

  • Live on campus in a beautiful residence hall
  • Engage in career exploration and goal setting initiatives
  • Participate in workshops on topics related to the college search and application process, including mock interviews, creating a resume, making the most of your college visits, financial aid literacy and application essay writing
  • Interact and network with Montclair State student leaders, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Engage in discussions around social justice, issues facing the Hispanic community in New Jersey, and students’ concerns about college
  • Hear from inspirational guest speakers and panelists
  • Attend a college-fair style event to learn about Montclair State’s 300 majors, minors and concentrations
  • Be eligible for scholarships
  • Develop leadership and public speaking skills
  • Earn a certificate of completion for inclusion on their resumes and college applications

Academically committed students who identify as Hispanic as encourage to apply now. The application deadline is April 1st, 2017. Applicants must also have their high school transcript and a letter of recommendation sent to by the deadline.

For more information, contact Jordanna Maziarz, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at

Attention Seniors — Understanding Your Financial Package

This Thursday, March 9, Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc. is hosting a scholarship event for New Haven 12th graders and parents. Presenters will be available to help college-bound students and their parents understand what exactly their financial aid letters mean and the true cost of college this fall.

Click here for more information on Higher Heights, or see the below poster for details relevant to the event.

Higher Heights Financial thing

Common Application Prompt Changes

Attention Juniors! The Common Application has revised and added to its list of college essay prompts, in order to give applicants an enhanced ability to represent themselves more completely. The word limit will remain at 650.

Click here to see the new prompts.