Grade 5 Visit to Yale

The grade 5 visit to Yale University has become a tradition for West Haven students and serves as an early introduction to college life. The Carrigan youngsters, who take the trip in groups of around 100 over a few days, receive a tour from Yale students, eat lunch on campus, learn the history of the university, and take in a presentation on the college experience. The visits began about seven years ago and stem from the West Haven School District's and city's partnership with Yale University. The mayor and superintendent typically stop by to meet with West Haven students during their trip. In the photo above, Mayor Edward M. O'Brien and Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro chat with Carrigan kids during a visit in spring 2014.

"We have the trip because we want the students to see a college campus to get them excited about education and see that college is attainable for everyone," Carrigan Assistant Principal Rich Weber says. "They tour the Yale campus, visiting classrooms and science labs to see that what they are learning in school today is preparing them for the future--especially in the science and technology areas that are on the forefront of today's educational environment."