*NEW* Neighborhood and Sibling Preference

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, use the New Haven Street Directory, which has been updated in 2012.Sibling Preference

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 in the order of preferences listed below.

Assignment to any New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) school will adhere to the following priority sequence of preferences:

  1. Siblings of current students that also live within the attendance zone of that school;
  2. Non-sibling students living within the attendance zone of that school (i.e. no sibling but within zone);
  3. Siblings of current students that live outside the attendance zone of that school (i.e. out-of-zone siblings);
  4. Non-sibling students living outside the attendance zone of that school (i.e. out-of-zone students without a sibling).

In the case where a family has two or more children applying to schools at the same time (i.e. in the same lottery), these siblings must be listed on the same application form in order to receive sibling preference. The siblings should use the same application form even if they are not applying to all the same schools. Assignment of these multi child applications will follow the priority sequences listed above, so that if one sibling is admitted, the other siblings will be given preference for seats available at that point of the lottery.

Magnet Schools that offer Neighborhood Preference include:

      • Barnard
      • Beecher
      • Brennan-Rogers
      • John C. Daniels
      • Davis Street
      • East Rock Community
      • Edgewood
      • King/Robinson
      • John S. Martinez
      • Mauro-Sheridan
      • Ross Woodward
      • Betsy Ross
      • Hillhouse
      • Wilbur Cross

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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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