Common Ground offers small school support and big school opportunities. Students go above & beyond through learning and leadership opportunities, on and off campus, outside the school day.
- Green Jobs Corps connects students with paid work and leadership opportunities. Learn more.
- Career exploration programs focus on animal science, forensics, and health sciences.
- Geek Squad maintains Common Ground’s computer technology.
Academic Enrichment Opportunities give every student the support they need to master high standards, and provide same-day interventions to students who are struggling.
- Homework Center
- Academic Labs
- Writing Center
Common Ground helps students connect with off-campus opportunities, as well:
- Evolutions at the Peabody Museum
- ArtSpace internships
- Elm Shakespeare Fellows
- Sports teams at other high schools
- Youth Rights Media
- Summer College Prep Programs
- Drama Club stages student-directed and student-written plays.
- Sound Lab, Common Ground’s on-site recording studio, produces at least one CD a year.
- Hip hop, Salsa, and African Dance classes happen throughout the year, and include opportunities to perform.
- Graffiti Art
- Cooking Club encourages students to cook tasty food fresh from the farm — some to eat, and some to share with those in need.
- Recreational Athletics occur every day between 4 and 5 pm.
- The Common Ground Hawks — our basketball team — competes in the New Haven Small Schools League.
- Every after-school program pushes students to take leadership — and students must assemble a portfolio of leadership work to graduate.
- Community Service opportunities happen weekly: from cooking for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, to tutoring elementary students, to rebuilding trails in West Rock Park.
- Envirothon is a year-long environmental science competition. Common Ground fields two of the state’s only urban teams.
- Robotics club, created by students, is busy building robots from the ground up.
- Science Fair participants compete in New Haven and state-wide competitions.
- Science Club explores a range of hands-on science challenges.
- Strategy Games meet four times a week for minds-on, social fun.
- Scavenger hunts, field trips, capture the flag, and other after-school activities help students relieve stress and get exercise.
Adventure Club offers students an opportunity to hike, backpack, climb, ski, snoeshoe, canoe, and bike — often for the first time. Thanks to Common Ground’s gear locker — created with support from the Appalachian Mountain Club and Trailblazer — students have access to the equipment they need to take on any adventure.
Our Above & Beyond programs run for two hours a day after-school, with special opportunities before school and on weekends, as well. On any given day, more than half of our student body is after-school.
Common Ground’s after-school programs are made possible through grants from the AT&T Aspire program, the Connecticut After-School Grant Program, and the 21st Century Learning Community program.