FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

1) When does the School Choice Placement open? What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The application period opens February 4, 2015 and closes March 13, 2015. Families are encouraged to submit online applications. Online applications can be modified throughout the application period and real-time notification of placement results.

2) Do I have to submit a separate application for each child?

No for paper applications applying for up to 3 children. Complete an additional application if you are applying for more than 3 children.
Yes for online applications. You have to fill out a separate application for each child.

3) If applied last year and was placed on the waitlist, do I have to reapply?

Yes. All waitlists expired October 2014.

4) I would like my child to remain at his/her current school; do I have to reapply for that school every year?

No. Once your child is placed at a school, he/she can remain until the last grade of his/her current school.

5) What are the age ranges when applying for PreK and Kindergarten?

To apply for PreK—3, your child must be born between January 2, 2012—January 1, 2013.

To apply for PreK—4, your child must be born between January 2, 2011—January 1, 2012.

To apply for Kindergarten, your child must turn 5 between January 2, 2015—January 1, 2016.

6) Are students who require special education, English Language Learner, or other related services eligible to apply?

Yes. All students will enter the process with the same access to potential seats in all schools.

7) How do I determine my attendance zone?

Log onto http://choice.nhps.net. Under the heading, What’s the Process, click Find Schools in your Attendance Zone and type in your address.

8) Do I have to select 4 school choices in order for my application to be processed?

No, only one school choice is required in order for your application to be processed. You should only select the schools that are the best fit for your child. However, we encourage families to select up to 4 choices to maximize their options as the number of seats available at each school varies by grade.

9) I have a child already enrolled in a school. If I apply for another child, is he/she guaranteed a placement in the same school.

No student is guaranteed a seat in a school. The applicant child will receive sibling preference which improves an applicant’s chances of being placed. Sibling preference, which is defined as an applicant who has a sibling in the school and shares the same address.

10) Once I submit the application, can I make changes?

Yes. Changes can be made until the application deadline of March 13, 2015. Only one application is accepted per child. If you applied online, go to http://choice.nhps.net to update the information. If you submitted a paper application, another paper application is required. Only the latest application received by the deadline date will be included in the placement process.

11) What happens if my student is retained in his/her current grade but I applied for the next grade?

It is important that you inform the Choice & Enrollment Office of any changes to your child’s application, including the grade for which you are applying. Depending on when the grade change is received, a determination will have to be made based on seat availability.

12) Is transportation provided to all schools?

Yes. Transportation is provided for all K—8 students who live more than one mile from their school. Transportation is NOT provided for PreK 3 and PreK 4 students.

13) Can students only be placed in schools through the School Placement Process?

The School Placement Process allows families to select from neighborhood, magnet and charter school options during a given time period. Families who enroll in the district after the application period closes are placed in schools where seats are available. In addition, placements are made to accommodate significant extenuating circumstances.

14) What documents must I bring to the Choice & Enrollment Office at 54 Meadow Street to register my child for school?

You must bring the following documents:

  • Photo ID of parent/guardian
  • Child’s birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of New Haven residency—a current utility bill or lease/mortgage papers with parent/guardian name

15) What is the difference between Interdistrict Magnet Schools and Open Choice Schools?

Both types of schools are New Haven Public Schools and the goals are to reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation and to increase academic achievement; they differ in how suburban students are selected. Suburban students are selected for Interdistrict schools through New Haven’s School Placement Process (March 31) and suburban students are selected for Open Choice schools through ACES’s lottery system (April 13).


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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