New Haven Magnet Schools of Choice
It’s Your Choice - Program Overview
New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) offer New Haven and suburban residents a wide array of choices available for New Haven families-- Magnet Schools, Charter Schools and Neighborhood Schools. Because each of these programs is different, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with each kind of school. Each school in New Haven has a different emphasis, climate, location and daily activities. We encourage you to consult this website and visit schools to decide which is the best match for you and your student.
Magnet Schools are designed to voluntarily reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation. They seek to attract students by offering a special, high-quality curriculum. These exciting and innovative schools provide educational opportunities for students through a range of themes, including performing arts, math, science and technology, international studies, early childhood and multicultural education. Admission to these schools is open to all students in participating school districts.
Charter Schools are authorized by the State Board of Education. Amistad, Elm City College Prep and Common Ground are state charter schools funded by the state. They provide small-scale educational programs managed by a governing board comprised of teachers and parents or guardians of the students enrolled in the school and may include community members. Charter schools offer a range of educational programs, small class size, and enhanced teacher-parent communication.
Neighborhood Schools give New Haven families the choice of sending their child to a school that is closer to home and strongly rooted in the community. Like all New Haven Public Schools, neighborhood schools offer students access to quality education with talented teachers, a rigorous curriculum and the chance to be a part of our nationally recognized School Change Initiative. Registration for neighborhood schools is separate from the admissions process for magnet and charter schools. Parents can register their child for a neighborhood school by going to the Registration Office on the first floor of Gateway Center, 54 Meadow St. The office is open 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday. To see the neighborhood registration timeline, visit www.nhps.net. To find out what neighborhood school is assigned to your street, visit www.nhps.net and click on the Registration tab. For more information, call (203) 946-8501.
New Haven Magnet Schools Proudly Provide
- State-of-the-Art Schools
- More than 30 Themed Magnet Programs
- Free Transportation & Free Tuition
- Free Preschool for 3 & 4-year-olds
Our Mission for Magnet Schools
In addition to providing a quality education and innovative programs, New Haven Schools of Choice are designed to foster racial, ethnic and economic diversity among students.
There is an application process and lottery system for placement in these schools. The application for enrollment will be available starting January 2, 2013. For more information about application rules and lottery system, see rules and process.
Who Can Apply
The lottery is open to all New Haven 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.
We are supported by:
US Department of Education and CT State Department of Education