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New Haven Residents -
Application Rules & Process 

Magnet Fair:

Attend the New Haven Magnet Fair on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Floyd Little Athletics Center—480 Sherman Parkway (next to Hillhouse High School). Each school will have a booth with principals, teachers, students and parents to answer your questions. The Magnet Office will also have a booth with staff to answer your questions and to help you fill out the Magnet applications. You can submit your applications to the Magnet/Registration staff the day of the Fair.

Open Houses / Tours:

Each school will have Open Houses and Tours in their buildings during the months of January and February. Please attend the Open House/Tours for the schools that interest you and your child. Check the flyer by clicking here for specific dates and times for each school.

*NEW* Attendance Zone & Sibling Preferences:

In many schools, including many magnet schools, New Haven offers preference to students who live nearby the school, within the attendance zone of the school. NHPS is also committed to giving priority to families wishing to have their children enrolled together in their assigned school. To find your child's attendance zone, click here.

Due to the seat limitations, there is no guarantee that any child will be placed in a particular school. However, the lottery process is designed to give preference both to students residing within the attendance zone of one of their school choices and to those applicants that already have a brother or sister currently attending their school choice at the time of the application. To receive the sibling preference, the brother or sister must also live in the same household and have the same parent or legal guardian as the applicant. If a sibling applicant is not placed due to seat limitations, the preference will carry over for priority on the waiting list. Click Here for more information.

Application Deadline:

All students applying to a Magnet, Charter or ACES school must submit a Magnet Application by Friday, March 14, 2014. Submit applications to the Magnet Office at 54 Meadow Street or apply online at www.newhavenmagnetschools.com starting February 3, 2014. Do not submit your application to the school or school personnel. If any information on the application is not the same information on file in the Registration Office, the Magnet Application will be returned to you.

Pre-K & Kindergarten Guidelines:

To apply for PreK-3, child must be 3-years- old on or before January 1, 2015. To apply for PreK-4, child must be 4-years-old on or before January 1, 2015. To apply for Kindergarten, child must be 5-years-old on or before January 1, 2015.

Choose your Schools:

You may list up to three different school choices on the application, but you are only required to make one choice. Select only those schools your child is willing to attend. The priority will be to assign your child to their first preference; however, your child may be assigned to any one of your choices.

Receipt Letter:

Once your application is received and processed by the Magnet Office, you will receive a Receipt Letter. The Receipt Letter is your proof that the Magnet Office received your application. If you do not receive a Receipt Letter before the Lottery on April 9, call the Magnet Office at 203- 946-7415. The Receipt Letter will contain all of the information you provided on the application and a PIN Number. Check the Receipt Letter to make sure the information and choices are correct. If you find a mistake, immediately call the Magnet Office, give the PIN Number and the mistake will be corrected. This must be done before the Lottery on April 9.

The Magnet Lottery:

The Magnet Lottery will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:00am at Gateway Center—Board of Education—54 Meadow Street, 2nd Floor. It is open to the public. 

Lottery Results:

If your child gets a magnet school seat through the lottery, you must make sure the child is registered with New Haven Public Schools (NHPS). If your child is already registered in a New Haven Public School, you do not have to do anything more - your child's magnet school seat will be automatically accepted. However, if you wish to decline the seat, you must call the Magnet School Office by the date on your letter.

If your child gets a seat through the lottery and is not already registered in our system, you must register your child by the deadline date on the letter sent to you.

**If you have a question about whether your child is registered in the NHPS system, contact your school or call (203) 946-8501.

If your child gets a seat in Wintergreen, Amistad, Elm City College Prep or Common Ground, or if your child is currently attending Wintergreen, Amistad, Elm City College Prep or Common Ground, you must come to the Magnet/Registration Office and register your child by the deadline date on the Placement Letter.

Grade Retention:

In the event that a student was accepted to a Magnet, Charter or ACES school, but was held back a grade or retained at the end of the school year, the student will not be able to keep the seat. The application will become null and void and the parent must fill out a new application with the correct grade.

Waiting List:

Students not selected for a Magnet, Charter, or ACES school in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list for all schools selected. Students will be called from the waiting list periodically to fill any vacancies that occur. The Waiting List will be maintained until October 31, 2014. After that date, the waiting list will be discontinued and you will be notified.

Late Applications:

Late applications received after March 14 will be accepted but may not be processed until after the April 9, 2014 Lottery. All late applicants will be placed at the end of the waiting lists and Neighborhood and Sibling preference will not be given to late applicants.







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New Haven residents can apply to any magnet or charter school in the city. Our Interdistrict Magnet Schools are open to all Connecticut residents. There are no admission requirements, tests or prerequisites for our students. We serve special education students, English Language learners, talented and gifted students and everyone else who comes through the lottery to our schools. No student may be denied enrollment because of race, ethnicity or disability. 

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Main Office: (203) 946-7415
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