K-12 Programming

As outlined in the Civic Action Plan, it is a core part of Wesleyan University’s educational mission to develop bold and rigorous practical idealists, thoughtful and brave participants in the public sphere. One way we move toward that mission is by supporting a number of diverse programs that work with K-12 students in our community. Several programs operate through the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, but others are run by different departments from Astronomy and Psychology to the Center for the Arts. Many programs are free and open to the public, while others are offered through partnerships with specific schools.

Need help navigating these options? Contact us: engage@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2871.

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Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Cardinal Kids

Academic Enrichment
Cardinal Kids is a teaching collective run by Wesleyan students from all domains of campus life. Each teacher brings a unique set of skills, adapting their on-campus work and passions into fun, interactive lessons for children in grades 1-5. Classes are diverse and ever-changing, with subject matter ranging from creative writing to dance to biology. Each session includes a storytime, lesson, and activity.
Free, and open to all students in grades 1-5. Programming is held at the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 pm during the school year. 
Contact: wescardinalkids@gmail.com

Individual Tutoring

Academic Enrichment
Individual Tutoring’s mission is to provide quality, reliable free tutoring for Middletown residents. This program is a request based one-on-one tutoring experience. Tutors are matched with a child based on interest/mastery of a subject matter and availability.  
Tutoring is free, takes place on Wesleyan’s campus, and is usually one hour a week.
Contact: westutors@gmail.com

Psychology of Reading

Academic Enrichment
The Psychology of Reading service-learning course encompasses the study of many aspects of human cognition - from sensation and perception to comprehension and reasoning. Students also volunteer at Macdonough Elementary School, tutoring for two hours a week in the literacy centers, and offering classroom support.
Free, open to Macdonough students, during classroom hours.
Contact: Barbara Juhasz, bjuhasz@wesleyan.edu

Traverse Square

Academic Enrichment 
Student-run and neighborhood-based, the Traverse Square After-school program provides a community setting for Middletown children to receive academic and social support.  
Focused on residents of Traverse Square neighborhood, but free and open to all.
Monday-Thursday, 4:00-6:00 pm, occasional Friday field trips.
Contact: traversesquare@gmail.com

Wesleyan Book Buds

Academic Enrichment
Wesleyan Book Buds aims to bridge the literacy gap for Middletown students through organizing book drives and donating books to Macdonough Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Middle School, the Book Mobile project, and the Cross Street Church After School Tutoring Program. 
Contact: Ricardo Vega, rvega@wesleyan.edu

WesReads/WesMath

Academic Enrichment
WesReads/WesMath’s mission is to provide additional support and enrichment for higher level learners in the areas of reading and math.
Free for higher-level Macdonough students.
Tutoring is done during school hours at Macdonough.
Contact: wes.reads.math@gmail.com

Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

Academic Enrichment, Arts/Culture
The bookstore is committed to instilling a love of reading in young people. They have free K-12 programs every week, from story-times to Open Mic Nights, to writing workshops. 
Contact: Lauren Coleman, lcoleman@wesleyan.edu

Center for East Asian Studies Outreach Program

Arts/Culture
The CEAS Outreach Program provides a range of "hands-on" cultural activities that introduce K-12 students to various aspects of East Asian cultures from Martial Arts to Folktales. 
The Program is offered most Friday afternoons throughout the academic year and reaches an average of some 300 students each year.

Children's Concert and Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

Arts/Culture
This annual fast-paced and engaging concert is followed by a musical instrument petting zoo—a great experience for all ages.
Free, check back in Spring 2020 for date

Friends of the Davison Arts Center Docent Program

Arts/Culture
FDAC engages fourth graders on an art-focused tour of Wesleyan that includes the Davison Art Center Gallery, Zilkha Gallery, Mansfield Freeman Gallery, and the Javanese Gamelan. Approximately 400 students participate each year.
One day field trip organized by Middletown public schools.

Middletown Public School Art Show

Arts/Culture
Every year, Wesleyan’s Zilkha Gallery displays artwork from Middletown Public School students of all ages. Opening receptions are free and open to the public.

Middletown Public Schools String Coaching

Arts/Culture
Advanced string students from Wesleyan tutor violin and viola students in grades 1-12, both through the Keigwin after school program and during Middletown High School class time.
Contact: Rani Arbo, rarbo@wesleyan.edu

Middletown Youth Radio Project

Arts/Culture
MYRP is a weekly program of WESU 88.1 FM to teach youth people how to control the radio. Students can share their music, their writing, or their thoughts from behind a microphone.
Free and open to all K-12 students.
Fridays, 6:30-7:00 pm, 45 Broad St. 
Contact: icohen@wesleyan.edu or (415)-828-4663

Musical Mentoring

Arts/Culture
A partnership between Oddfellows Playhouse and Cardinal Kids, this program provides individual music mentoring from a Wesleyan University student. These lessons are tailored to fit the individual needs of different learners, and the mentors work closely with their students to develop their musical skill and interest. They currently offer voice, keyboard, and guitar lessons and are also looking to begin cello and violin lessons.
Open to all, lessons at Oddfellows Playhouse.
For age 6-8, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm
For age 9-11, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 pm
Tuition: $105

Wesleyan Film Outreach

Arts/Culture
Wesleyan Film Outreach provides 3rd-5th grade students with the skills to write, film, direct and edit themselves.
Open to students in Kids' Korner afterschool program at Macdonough Elementary School.
Contact: Stephen Collins, scollins@wesleyan.edu

Youth Gamelan Ensemble

Arts/Culture
Students learn traditional music from Java, Indonesia on Wesleyan's gamelan instruments. Classes conclude with a performance with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble.
$30 for weekly classes during the spring semester. Open to children age 7-14.
Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 am, World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave.
Contact: Rani Arbo, rarbo@wesleyan.edu

Girls in Science Camp

STEM Content
Girls in Science Camp exposes students to a variety of careers in science, as well as teaches them how to use scientific tools. Campers experience hands-on activities led by Wesleyan faculty and students and are able to share their learnings at the end of the week Science Showcase.
For students entering 4-6th grade
$375, scholarships available.

Kids' Space Nights

STEM Content
Kid-friendly space-related activities led by graduate and undergraduate Astronomy students, including observing with our telescopes when it's clear.  
Aimed at elementary school-ages but free and open to all.
Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill
1st and 3rd Friday of the month, starting at 7 or 8, check their calendar.

Wesleyan Science Outreach

STEM Content
Since 2007, the Wesleyan University Science Outreach Club, an undergraduate service and education organization, has designed and implemented a series of weekly, hands-on after-school science activities for Middletown public elementary students. The after-school activities are developed by college students in a Science Pedagogy service-learning class (CHEM 241 and 242) to facilitate participation, build on prior knowledge and engage elementary school students in observing, interpreting and explaining scientific activities.
Volunteers work with the YMCA Kid’s Korner program at Spencer, Bielefield, Snow, MacDonough, and Farmhill schools. The program is open to all students and each school gets Science Club once a week.
Science Saturday happens once every semester on Wesleyan's campus and is open to all kids aged 5-12.

Physical Education and Athletics

Health
Physical Education and Athletics at Wesleyan serve all members of the Wesleyan community and others beyond campus.  Their mission is to provide a spectrum of activities that enable people from all walks of life to enjoy healthy, energetic, and well-balanced lives.
From Cardinal Figure Skating School to Summer Sports Camps and Clinics, they offer a wide variety of K-12 programs that are open to the public.
See their website for up-to-date prices and schedules.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Health
Wesleyan Student-Athletes come together for a number of events that engage K-12 students. From playing at Macdonough during recess to organizing toy collections during the holidays, there are a number of ways to get involved. 
Contact: Eva Merideth, emeredith@wesleyan.edu

 

 

6th Grade - 8th Grade

Pedagogy of Second Language Teaching and Learning

Academic Enrichment
This is a Wesleyan course for students interested in teaching Spanish or French that offers a foundation for second language (L2) acquisition in the classroom and teaching approaches. Students then volunteer at least two hours a week in Middletown Public Schools’ World Language program for middle and high schoolers. Volunteers support teachers in various capacities, from working one-on-one with students to presenting new materials and activities to the class.
Free, open to students in the World Language program.
Contact: Ana Perez Girones, aperezgirone@wesleyan.edu

Teaching English as a Second Language

Academic Enrichment
This is a Wesleyan course for students to explore theories and teaching methods related to learning English as a second language (ESL). They will then actively work with ESL students at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. They will be asked to apply the theories and pedagogical techniques they are learning to their sessions at the school and reflect on their experience.
Free, open to ESL students at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.
Contact: Elizabeth Hepford, ehepford@wesleyan.edu

Wesleyan Book Buds

Academic Enrichment
Wesleyan Book Buds aims to bridge the literacy gap for Middletown students through organizing book drives and donating books to Macdonough Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Middle School, the Book Mobile project, and the Cross Street Church After School Tutoring Program. 
Contact: Ricardo Vega, rvega@wesleyan.edu

Wesleyan University Middle School Tutoring Partnership 

Academic Enrichment
This program serves middle school students who are failing subjects, at risk of retention, and/or in need of general and academic support. Students are identified by their team of teachers and matched one-on-one with Wesleyan students for in-school tutoring. With a major focus on building relationships, tutors assist students with schoolwork, help support and enhance student's motivation, serve as general support for building confidence and changing academic performance, and serving as a role model.
Free, in-school tutoring at Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Contact: wwmstutor@gmail.com

Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

Academic Enrichment, Arts/Culture
The bookstore is committed to instilling a love of reading in young people. They have free K-12 programs every week, from story-times to Open Mic Nights, to writing workshops. 
Contact: Lauren Coleman, lcoleman@wesleyan.edu

Center for East Asian Studies Outreach Program

Arts/Culture
The CEAS Outreach Program provides a range of "hands-on" cultural activities that introduce K-12 students to various aspects of East Asian cultures from Martial Arts to Folktales. 
The Program is offered most Friday afternoons throughout the academic year and reaches an average of some 300 students each year.

Children's Concert and Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

Arts/Culture
This annual fast-paced and engaging concert is followed by a musical instrument petting zoo—a great experience for all ages.
Free, check back in Spring 2020 for date

Middletown Public School Art Show

Arts/Culture
Every year, Wesleyan’s Zilkha Gallery displays artwork from Middletown Public School students of all ages. Opening receptions are free and open to the public.

Middletown Public Schools String Coaching

Arts/Culture
Advanced string students from Wesleyan tutor violin and viola students in grades 1-12, both through the Keigwin after school program and during Middletown High School class time.
Contact: Rani Arbo, rarbo@wesleyan.edu

Middletown Youth Radio Project

Arts/Culture
MYRP is a weekly program of WESU 88.1 FM to teach youth people how to control the radio. Students can share their music, their writing, or their thoughts from behind a microphone.
Free and open to all K-12 students.
Fridays, 6:30-7:00 pm, 45 Broad St. 
Contact: icohen@wesleyan.edu or (415)-828-4663

Youth Gamelan Ensemble

Arts/Culture
Students learn traditional music from Java, Indonesia on Wesleyan's gamelan instruments. Classes conclude with a performance with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble.
$30 for weekly classes during the spring semester. Open to children age 7-14.
Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 am, World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave.
Contact: Rani Arbo, rarbo@wesleyan.edu

Seminar on Astronomical Pedagogy

STEM Content
This is a required service-learning course for all Astronomy majors at Wesleyan. It focuses on effectively teaching astronomy at all levels and ages. Enrolled students alternate between giving presentations to all sixth graders in the portable StarLab planetarium and presenting at Wesleyan’s weekly Space Nights (see below). Students create their own lessons plans on relevant astronomical topics they are interested in.
StarLab presentations are free and available to 6th graders
Contact: Seth Redfield, sredfield@wesleyan.edu

Physical Education and Athletics

Health
Physical Education and Athletics at Wesleyan serve all members of the Wesleyan community and others beyond campus.  Their mission is to provide a spectrum of activities that enable people from all walks of life to enjoy healthy, energetic, and well-balanced lives.
From Cardinal Figure Skating School to Summer Sports Camps and Clinics, they offer a wide variety of K-12 programs that are open to the public.
See their website for up-to-date prices and schedules.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Health
Wesleyan Student-Athletes come together for a number of events that engage K-12 students. From playing at Macdonough during recess to organizing toy collections during the holidays, there are a number of ways to get involved. 
Contact: Eva Merideth, emeredith@wesleyan.edu

 

9th Grade - 12th Grade

Exploring College Pathways

Academic Enrichment
The Exploring College Pathways Program introduces public high school students to college-going culture and a number of resources available at Wesleyan University. High school juniors from partner school districts across the region will come together to work towards their college goals and learn from each other in the process. They will also be invited to a number of Wesleyan events from athletics games and concerts, to author-talks and social change workshops.
Free and open to high school juniors from Middletown, Cromwell, and Meriden Public Schools. 
Contact: Rhea Drozdenko, rdrozdenko@wesleyan.edu 

High School Humanities 

Academic Enrichment
Wesleyan’s High School Humanities Program brings students from area high schools to campus for several Fridays spanning the academic year. Wesleyan professors work to pair readings with high school curriculums and host lectures related to the readings which touch on philosophy, literature, history and more. This initiative is supported by a collaboration between Wesleyan and Middletown Public Schools called CAUSE (Community and University Services for Education).
Free and open to students taking AP English at Middletown High School, Portland High School, Xavier High School, Haddam-Killingworth High School (RSD 13) and Mercy High School.
Contact: Diana Martinez, dmmartinez@wesleyan.edu

Let's Get Ready

Academic Enrichment
Let’s Get Ready provides free SAT prep, admission counseling, and post-enrollment mentoring to students from low-income backgrounds and first-generation-to-college students to help them get into and graduate from college. Let’s Get Ready begins with the College Access Program, a 9-week curriculum administered by trained college student Coaches that includes SAT prep, college application guidance, college visits, and more.
The program takes place on Wesleyan’s campus and is provided at no cost to all high school seniors and juniors with qualifying financial need.
Contact: Emily Leff, eleff@wesleyan.edu

Pedagogy of Second Language Teaching and Learning

Academic Enrichment
This is a Wesleyan course for students interested in teaching Spanish or French that offers a foundation for second language (L2) acquisition in the classroom and teaching approaches. Students then volunteer at least two hours a week in Middletown Public Schools’ World Language program for middle and high schoolers. Volunteers support teachers in various capacities, from working one-on-one with students to presenting new materials and activities to the class.
Free, open to students in the World Language program, takes place during school day.

PreCollege Study

Academic Enrichment
A program of Wesleyan's undergraduate summer term, PreCollege Study offers a month-long residential immersion program that includes college credit courses, for college-bound high school students eager to gain an academic edge. Commuting high school students are also encouraged to apply.
Tuition per course: $3,400 
Residency fee: $3,520
Contact: precollege@wesleyan.edu

Upward Bound Math-Science

Academic Enrichment/ STEM Content
The Upward Bound Math-Science Program is designed to help low-income and first-generation high school students recognize and develop their potential, to excel in math and science, pursue post-secondary degrees, and ultimately careers in the math and science professions.  Activities, trips, and involvement are designed to help students become more familiar with S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) education.
Free, open to high school students from Middletown, Meriden and New Britain
Programming includes weekday tutoring at school, Saturday enrichment sessions at Wesleyan, and a 6-week intensive program at Wesleyan.
Contact: Marek Mikunda, mmikunda@wesleyan.edu

Wesleyan High School Scholars Program 

Academic Enrichment
Wesleyan's High School Scholars Program offers outstanding juniors and seniors from local high schools the opportunity to take one course per semester, tuition free, at the University. Admitted students will be able to experience the intellectual rigors and stimulating dialogue that commonly take place in Wesleyan classrooms. Interested students are asked to contact their high school guidance department for more information.

Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

Academic Enrichment, Arts/Culture
The bookstore is committed to instilling a love of reading in young people. They have free K-12 programs every week, from story-times to Open Mic Nights, to writing workshops. 
Contact: Lauren Coleman, lcoleman@wesleyan.edu

Center for Creative Youth

Arts/Culture
Wesleyan’s Center for Creative Youth (CCY) is a precollege summer residency program in the arts for students ages 14–18. Talented high school students from across Connecticut, the United States and around the world will gather for four weeks of intensive study in the arts.
Open to all, ages 14-18
June 30-August 1, 2019
Residential Program: $4,400
Day Program: $2,650

Center for East Asian Studies Outreach Program

Arts/Culture
The CEAS Outreach Program provides a range of "hands-on" cultural activities that introduce K-12 students to various aspects of East Asian cultures from Martial Arts to Folktales. 
The Program is offered most Friday afternoons throughout the academic year and reaches an average of some 300 students each year.

Middletown Public School Art Show

Arts/Culture
Every year, Wesleyan’s Zilkha Gallery displays artwork from Middletown Public School students of all ages. Opening receptions are free and open to the public.

Middletown Public Schools String Coaching

Arts/Culture
Advanced string students from Wesleyan tutor violin and viola students in grades 1-12, both through the Keigwin after school program and during Middletown High School class time.
Contact: Rani Arbo, rarbo@wesleyan.edu

Middletown Youth Radio Project

Arts/Culture
MYRP is a weekly program of WESU 88.1 FM to teach youth people how to control the radio. Students can share their music, their writing, or their thoughts from behind a microphone.
Free and open to all K-12 students.
Fridays, 6:30-7:00 pm, 45 Broad St. 
Contact: icohen@wesleyan.edu or (415)-828-4663

Space Night

STEM Content
Space Night starts with a half-hour interactive presentation by a member of the Astronomy department (astronomy majors, graduate students, or faculty) on some topic of space news or recent discoveries in astronomy, followed by observing through the telescopes if it's clear.  
Free, Van Vleck Observatory
Aimed at high school level and above, but all are welcome.
Wednesdays at 8:00 pm during the academic year. 

Films on Foss

Socio-Emotional and Leadership Development  
Every year, Wesleyan’s Foss Hill is home to the popular Films on Foss events. Created by the Middletown Youth Mayoral Cabinet, this outdoor film series attracts hundreds and engages the community with games, picnics, and activities.
Contact: Justin Carbonella, carbonellaj@mpsct.org

ASHA (Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness)

Health
ASHA works to provide young people with the resources and knowledge they need to make healthy sexual decisions. They empower young people to be active participants in their sexual education and to take charge of their bodies as well as their emotional and physical health.
Free, in-class workshops held at Capital Prep, Cromwell High School, Coginchaug, Hartford Sports and Medical Sciences Academy, Coventry High School, Middletown High School, and Oxford Academy.

Physical Education and Athletics

Health
Physical Education and Athletics at Wesleyan serve all members of the Wesleyan community and others beyond campus.  Their mission is to provide a spectrum of activities that enable people from all walks of life to enjoy healthy, energetic, and well-balanced lives.
From Cardinal Figure Skating School to Summer Sports Camps and Clinics, they offer a wide variety of K-12 programs that are open to the public.
See their website for up-to-date prices and schedules.

Student- Athlete Advisory Committee

Health
Wesleyan Student Athletes come together for a number of events that engage K-12 students. From playing at Macdonough during recess to organizing toy collections during the holidays, there are a number of ways to get involved. 
Contact: Eva Merideth, emeredith@wesleyan.edu