Students and Teachers to Co-Lead Seminars on Social Justice Issues

Schoolwide projects allow New Haven Academy to work collaboratively as teachers and students, to think critically about genuine issues, reflect on deep questions, and take action. Students will spend the day in seminars designed by NHA teachers and students on various topics related to diversity. 
The Social Action Project is a year-long endeavor and a graduation requirement; students complete the work in their Civics classes, with faculty mentors, and ultimately in the community.  They identify social problems about which they are passionate, and they design and execute projects to help address those problems.  These projects are the embodiment of our mission to graduate students who will be active participants in their communities.

"The accomplishments at New Haven Academy -  including the school's social action projects and the selection of a NHA student as  a U.S. Senate page -  highlight the ways students are engaging in and leading in New Haven. I am proud of the ways these students represent the school district," said Superintendent Garth Harries.  

"Educators at New Haven Academy know that real learning is about real work—and no work is as real as helping better the lives of others. The social action project changes the lives of New Haven Academy students and changes the lives of those around these students. Improving lives, not proxy test measures, is the true measure of great educators. These are the great stories of learning and teaching that we are excited to see across New Haven,” said David Ruff, Executive Director at Great Schools Partnership. Great Schools Partnership works with New Haven Academy to create personalize learning experiences for high school students.  
One significant senior project was made possible by Meredith Garvin of New Haven Academy who received the Margot Stern Strom Award from Facing History and Ourselves; the award was a grant to hire a filmmaker to document students’ senior Social Action Projects. The film captured by Maya Oren is complete and embodies how inspiring our students are to the school and community.

To view film, click here
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