Ross Woodward Classical Studies Interdistrict Magnet


2015 Open Houses

Tuesday, February 24 10-11am

Wednesday, February 25 10-11am

Thursday, February 26 5-6pm

Saturday, February 28 10-11am

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

PreK 7:30am - 5-30pm

Principal: Cheryl Brown

Enrollment: 660 students

Uniform School: Yes



School Overview


With an emphasis on Socratic questioning in seminar discussion and intellectual coaching that produces skills of learning, our objective is personal growth.  We believe that students learn best when they are active thinkers who construct their own knowledge and understandings. Socratic questioning and student dialogue are the central teaching and learning device at Ross Woodward. We stress an integrated core curriculum that allows for student choice and opportunity in enrichment areas as they relate to the core academic subjects. Individual growth is consistently stressed and is achieved through assessments, interventions, enrichments, flexible grouping and scheduling.

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


  • Your child loves history and understanding how the past impacts our world today.
  • Your child is an active thinker who likes to question, debate, and think by engaging in intellectual dialogue.
  • Your child appreciates the richness of world cultures.


Unique Ways Your Child Can Learn and Grow Here:


  • Students in all grade levels engage in thematic studies that explore the value, viability and relevance of history in today’s society.
  • Thematic studies are woven into core subjects and explored through various disciplines and points of view. We prioritize project-based learning with real world audiences and competitions.
  • We offer specialized courses in order to support student opportunity, choice, and enrichment.

2015 Open Houses

2015 Open Houses

Tuesday, February 24 10-11am

Wednesday, February 25 10-11am

Thursday, February 26 5-6pm

Saturday, February 28 10-11am

School Tours & Shadowing

Available by appointment for students entering grades 3-8 on March 3, 4, 5 from 10am-1pm. Call or email to schedule an appointment.

More Info

Please contact Ashley Stockton at 203-691-3113, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jamie Baker at 203-691-3145, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



  • 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


  • Connecticut Invention Convention
  • National History Day
  • Project Pride
  • Nature’s Classroom
  • Paideia
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Classical Strings Program
  • Marching Band
  • Connecticut Architecture & Design Program
  • Math Counts
  • Positive Behavior, Intervention & Support
  • Family Resource Center



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

2014 Lottery Results Data

2014 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 changes 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 Available Seats and Applicants by Grade Level

Available Seats: 10 11 25 4 2 2 3 9 0 4 2
Neighborhood & Sibling Preference: 4 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neighborhood  Preference: 39 33 38 17 8 5 3 5 3 0 1
Sibling Preference: 1 3 7 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 0
No Preference: 99 77 86 31 30 20 15 20 12 8 3

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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