Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to have good grades in science to be accepted into the EVOLUTIONS After School Program?

Grades are not factored into our decision, but we do ask you to share your grades so that we understand some of your strengths and weaknesses.You don't need to excel in science, but you should have some interest.

What does it cost to be part of the EVOLUTIONS After School Program?

Nothing! Participation is free thanks to our sponsors: Yale University, The National Science Foundation, The Institute for Museum and Library Services, The New Haven Community Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

How long can I be in the EVOLUTIONS After School Program?

It is our goal to recruit students as 9th or 10th graders and to retain them through graduation.

When does the EVOLUTIONS After School Program start?  How long does it run?

EVO typically starts in early October and runs through mid-May.  Students have the option of being involved in EVO year round, however, through Internships and the SciCORPS Museum Interpreter Program, which are both part of EVO and run in tandem with the after school program component. During the school year, EVO classes meet every week, Sci.CORPS runs every weekend, and we hold monthly events.Meetings run from 3:30 to 5:30pm though most students come to the Museum immediately after school. If accepted, you will be assigned to a class day that best aligns with your schedule.

How do I get to the Peabody Museum?

The Peabody Museum is located at 170 Whitney Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut (~3 blocks north of the New Haven Green).  School bussing to (not from) the Peabody Museum is provided for West Haven students attending on specific days, while city bus passes are provided for New Haven Public School students. A special “thank you” to New Haven and West Haven Public Schools for providing this benefit.

Can I earn school credit for being in the EVOLUTIONS After School Program?

Yes!  All students have the option of receiving academic credit for participating in EVO.  In addition, students will have opportunities to earn community service and work hours (e.g. Supervised Occupational Experience hours; Sound School) that are also reported to schools.  A special “thank you” to New Haven and West Haven Public Schools for providing this benefit.