Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I apply to EVOLUTIONS?

A. Generally, applications will be available online in September of each year, and require paragraph responses to 7 essay questions and submit one teacher reference*. Program seniors review each application and score each set of responses according to 3 criteria; enthusiasm, dedication, and need. Priority goes to first generation college aspirants. 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. Parents, please note that this is not a program that you sign your child up to attend. We look for young people who are enthusiastic about science, museums, or getting in to college.

Q. Who can apply to EVOLUTIONS?

A. 9th and 10th graders from New Haven and West Haven Public Schools are eligible for EVOLUTIONS. We have strong partnerships with NHPS and WHHS. Unfortunately students from other districts or from private school are not eligible.

Q. How long can I be in the EVOLUTIONS?

A. Students can apply in Grade 9 or 10. This is a long-term commitment. Our expectation is that you attend classes weekly, and remain in EVOLUTIONS through graduation. Most students have between 200 and 500 contact hours by the time they graduate. We also provide opportunities to alumni while they are in college, and staff positions are available to college graduates.

Q. When does the EVOLUTIONS Program start? How long does it run?

A. 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 Sci. CORPS Youth Employment Program. During the school year, EVO classes meet every week, Sci.CORPS runs every weekend, and we hold monthly events. Classes are from 3:30 to 5:30pm. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all classes will be online. returning students will attend weekly classes. We are unable to recruit a new cohort of students this fall, however we will have periodic evening workshops open to all New Haven and West Haven 9th and 10th graders . Check here for details in October.

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

A. Yes! All students have the option of receiving high school academic credit for participating in EVO. In addition, students will have opportunities to earn community service hours that are also reported to schools. A special thank you to New Haven and West Haven Public Schools for providing this benefit.

*The applications process and timeline may change slightly from year to year depending on the circumstances. For the most up to date application information, please check out our Join Us page.

Andrea & EVOLUTIONS students in front of the butterfly exhibit at the CT Science Museum