Ross Woodward Classical Studies Interdistrict Magnet


2015 Open Houses


General Info

Address: 185 Barnes Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513 MAP        

Main Office Phone: (203) 691-3100

Grades: PreK3 & PreK4 to 8th Grade

Admission Preferences: Neighborhood & Sibling

School Hours: 9:15am – 3:30pm

Principal: Cheryl Brown

Enrollment: 660 students

Uniform School: Yes



School Overview

Welcome to Ross Woodward Classical Studies Interdistrict Magnet School, where we learn about yesterday to build a new tomorrow!

Here, our students learn through the lens of history to understand where we’ve been so they can understand where we are going and craft a better future for all. We are an inquisitive, living place that tests assumptions, explores possibilities and works by considering different points of view. Our kids are supported by meeting them where they are and setting the bar high for where they will go. At our school, together we embrace challenges, acknowledge the obstacles and remain focused on the positive and the solutions to equip kids with the skills they need in a multicultural, interconnected world that is sometimes divided by differences. We learn together, live together, and celebrate together. We make every effort to bring the world to our children and to get our children out into the world.

How to Know Ross Woodward Magnet School is Right for Your Child:

  • Your child loves history, learning about how the past impacts our world today and discovering the connections and threads between things
  • Your child is an active thinker and conversationalist who likes to question, talk, debate and think by engaging in collaborative, intellectual dialogue
  • Your child appreciates the richness of world cultures and considers multiple perspectives and global interpretations of given topics

Unique Ways Your Child Can Learn and Grow Here:

  • Socratic questioning in seminar discussion and intellectual coaching to stimulate students as active and independent thinkers who are able to construct their own knowledge and understandings for informed decision-making
  • Thematic studies such as Early American Civilizations, Space Exploration, The Holocaust and Immigration to explore the value, viability and relevance of history in today’s society so we can learn from the past to inform the future for more effective understanding, problem-solving and global cooperation
  • An international and diverse student body from all over the world, which is further enriched by cultural exchange experiences to develop collaborative citizens who can understand multiple perspectives for better community and world relations


2015 Open Houses

2015 Open Houses


School Tours & Shadowing

Individual tours available by appointment. Student shadowing available by appointment for grades 3-8.

More Info

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  • Full Day Pre-Kindergarten program for P3 and P4
  • Family Resource Center
  • 4 wireless laptop labs
  • 2 computer labs
  • Interactive whiteboards in middle school classrooms
  • Classical Strings Program
  • Instrumental Band Program
  • Link Up- Carnegie Hall Music Program
  • Project Pride
  • PBIS- Positive Behavior, Intervention & Support
  • Spanish in grades 6-8
  • Active PTO
  • Magnet Schools of America Merit Award Winner: School of Distinction


Education Partners

  • Magnet Schools of America
  • The National Paideia Center
  • Connecticut Association of Interdistrict Magnet Schools
  • New Haven Promise
  • Connecticut Invention Convention
  • National History Day
  • Architecture Resource Center
  • Project Pride


What our students are saying...

“I think this school is different because it offers opportunities to support our talents that no other school can. Our seminars are really interesting and the texts we’re reading are very sophisticated- they make us feel like we’re in college. In seminar we can speak our minds, which I love. The teachers here take the time to do everything with the students to help us improve.” - Elizabeth Condall, Grade 6

2013 Lottery Results Data

2013 Lottery Results Data 

In an effort to help families make informed decisions about choosing a school, New Haven Public Schools is publishing last year’s lottery data for each Magnet and Charter School. Although the data change year to year, you can see a snapshot by grade level of how many seats were available for each school. Also, you can see how many applicants applied, how many applicants lived in the neighborhood, and how many applicants had siblings. These numbers reflect a combined total of all first, second and third school choices of each applicant. We hope this information, along with the opportunity to attend open houses, will help families choose schools that will fit the needs of their children.

Last Year's New Haven Available Seats and Applicants by Grade Level

Available Seats: 10 13 32 10 5 10 5 9 6 1 3
Neighborhood & Sibling Preference: 13 14 14 4 2 1 2 3 0 0 2
Neighborhood  Preference: 27 34 34 13 10 4 1 5 5 3 2
Sibling Preference: 3 6 6 2 3 0 1 1 1 0 0
No Preference: 74 81 81 30 25 27 22 17 14 5 8


Last Year's Suburban Available Seats and Applicants by Grade Level

Available Seats: 10 10 15 3 1 7 2 3 7 1 4
Sibling Preference: 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
No Preference: 89 109 80 28 25 25 14 14 11 11 9

We Provide

  • State-of-the-Art Schools

  • Free Transportation &
    Free Tuition

  • Free Preschool for
    3 & 4-year-olds

Our Mission

In addition to providing effective and innovative educational practices, New Haven Schools of Choice are designed to foster student enrollment patterns that reflect racial, ethnic and economic diversity.

Families must apply to our schools.  Students are placed in schools through a lottery.


Who Can Apply

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. 

Contact Us

New Haven Public Schools -
Magnet Office

54 Meadow Street, First Floor
New Haven, CT 06519 MAP

Main Office: (203) 946-7415
Registration Questions:
(203) 946-8501

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