NHPS Students Attend First-Ever High School Fair

New Haven students get a tiny taste of the high schools available to them
By Abbe Smith, Register Staff
NEW HAVEN – Eight-grade students from all over the city were bused to the district’s first high school recruitment fair Monday, where they explored unique magnet themes ranging from art to business to sports medicine.

The fair was held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center next to Hillhouse High school and included information booths for all 10 New Haven high schools and Common Ground High School. Also present for the fair were New Haven Promise staff to answer questions about the district’s college scholarship program for city residents who graduate from city schools. New Haven Director of Guidance Dolores Garcia-Blocker opened the fair with a greeting to students meant to get them thinking beyond eighth grade.

“Good morning to the class of 2016,” she said, referring to the year students will graduate high school.

Garcia-Blocker urged students to visit booths of high schools they are interested in and ask intelligent questions.
The idea behind the fair is that the district’s regular magnet school fairs usually attract parents, but not always students. Monday’s district-wide recruitment fair was the first that targeted students. The fair was a collaboration between district magnet school office and its guidance office.

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