Betsy Ross Arts Interdistrict Magnet


2015 Open Houses

Tuesday, February 24 12pm 

Wednesday, February 25 12pm

Thursday, February 26 6pm

Tuesday, March 3 12pm

General Info

Address: 150 Kimberly Avenue New Haven, CT 06519 MAP        

Main Office Phone: (203) 946-8974

Grades: 5th to 8th grade

Admission Preferences: Sibling

School Hours: 9:15am – 3:30pm

Principal: Shawn A. True

Enrollment: 500 students

Uniform School: No




School Overview


Welcome to Betsy Ross Arts Interdistrict Magnet School, where we believe the arts are special not specials!

It is all our students’ right to participate in arts classes each day as part of their comprehensive curriculum. Students at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School study dance, music, theatre and visual arts at an advanced level with certified teachers and professional artists. We respect each other’s differences and revel in all of our community’s successes. Our culture and school climate are safe for self-expression, which allows students to be fearless in their endeavors and creativity.

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


  • Your child is enthusiastic about the arts.
  • Your child has an open mind regarding trying new things.
  • Your child has an out-of-the box way of looking at the world and approaching problems.
  • Your child has a commitment to learning and a desire to expand their knowledge artistically.


Unique Ways Your Child Can Learn and Grow Here:


  • Our RISE Program(respect, integrity, safety, excellence) which uses activities like role-playing to create a positive, safe environment that supports learning and students’ development of their unique creative voice so that they will be able to be bold creators who can get along with others.
  • Both Core and Emphasis Art courses are offered to prepare our students as well rounded academically accomplished and artistically inspired citizens who are able to succeed and contribute in the real world.


2015 Open Houses/Shadowing

2015 Open Houses

Tuesday, February 24 12pm

Wednesday, February 25 12pm

Thursday, February 26 6pm

Tuesday, March 3 12pm


We have limited number of slots available on the following dates based on a first come first served basis: January 28, March 4, 25, April 8 all 10am-2pm. Contact Sylvia Petriccione.

More Info

Please contact Sylvia Petriccione at 203-946-5008, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Shawn True at 203-946-5006, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



  • 21st Century computor technology such as; Eno-Boards, wireless lap tops, video programs including; Final Cut Pro, I Movie, I Stop Motion, Garage Band.
  • Our classes have state of the art equiptment to support every learning enviroment
  • Our arts classes are equipt with current supplies and technology
  • Student Art Gallery
  • Student of the Month Wall
  • R.I.S.E. WallFully equipt, top of the line sound board and computerized light board
  • Black Box Theatre with working light grid and light board
  • All theatre, music and dance rooms equipt with their own sound system
  • Dark rooms and kiln with appropriate equiptment


Education Partners


  • Yale University: Art Gallery-Museum Club; afterschool program for visual arts students in conjunction with the Gallery
  • School of Music, SpizzWinks Concert
  • Repertory Theatre
  • Teachers Institute
  • Quinnipiac University: Scholars Program
  • Long Wharf Theatre



What our students are saying...

”Betsy Ross has utterly and completely changed my life for the better. I am exposed to such creativity and I can embrace mine through the arts.
I can set high goals and still dream big in every way.” - Poorna, Grade 8

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 New Haven Available Seats and Applicants by Grade Level

Available Seats: 40 30 3 0
Sibling Preference: 3 0 0
No Preference: 49 49 34 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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