West Rock Author's Academy Interdistrict Magnet


2016 Open Houses

Tuesday, Feb 23 10am-12pm

Wednesday, Feb 24 10am-12pm

Thursday, Feb 25 10am-12pm

Thursday, Mar 3 10am-12pm

Snow Date: Mar 10

General Info

Address: 311 Valley Street, New Haven, CT 06515 MAP        

Main Office Phone: (203) 946-7761 - (475) 220-7761

Grades: PreK4 to 4th Grade

Admission Preferences: Sibling


School Hours: 9:15 am – 3:30 pm

PreK Program: 7:30am-5:30pm

Principal: Rosalyn Bannon

School Website: Click Here

Uniform School: Yes



School Overview

How to Know West Rock Author's Academy Interdistrict Magnet is Right for Your Child: 

  • Your child enjoys applying practical hands-on experiences that build on your child’s foundational skills to effectively communicate innovative ideas to the world.
  • Your child enjoys interacting with actual published authors who personally share their writing techniques and craft.
  • Your child enjoys learning digital arts and applying creativity in the Publishing Center and Tech Lab to create an individual portfolio of published work.


Unique Ways Your Child Can Learn and Grow Here:

  • Interact with Published Authors
  • Create Self-Publications
  • Publishing Celebrations


2016 Open Houses

2016 Open Houses

Tuesday, Feb 23 10am-12pm

Wednesday, Feb 24 10am-12pm

Thursday, Feb 25 10am-12pm

Thursday, Mar 3 10am-12pm

Snow Date: Mar 10

School Tours 

Available by appointment.

More Info

To learn more, please contact School Ambassadors:
Cynthia Hodge at 203-946-7761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Maria Clark at 203-946-7761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • SmartBoards in nearly every classroom
  • Technology lab
  • Teachers address students' social and emotional needs by integrating the West Rock Author's Academy theme component of the HEART adventure which consists of: Humanity, Ethics, Aesthetics, Reflection, Respect, Reason, Responsibility, Trust. To make this component of the West Rock Author's Academy theme more relevant to our students' daily lives, we have created and abide by our own school wide Heart Code of Pride. Our school mascot is the lion, so our students show their "Pride in Learning" throughout the school day in everything they encounter.
  • The HEART in our HEART Code of Pride stands for the qualities we expect every child to display throughout their educational journey at our school.
  • H: Have pride in everything you do;
  • E: Effort is the key to success:
  • A: Attitude must be positive at all times;
  • R: Respect must be given in order to be received;
  • T: Treat others the way you want to be treated.


Education Partners


  • MOMs Hub
  • Yale University
  • Clifford Beers
  • Solar Youth
  • Columbia Teacher’s College
  • SERC



What our students are saying...

“Andrea Pinkey taught me that my ideas can be written on anything; just like she wrote on her flip flop at the YMCA! (Coretta Scott King Award winner & children’s author; writing about African-American culture.)”
- Elijah, Grade 4

2015 Lottery Results Data

2015 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: 12 11 0 3 2 0
Sibling Preference: 4 2 1 0 0 0
No Preference: 35 22 4 5 5 1


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 -
Office of Choice & Enrollment

54 Meadow Street, First Floor
New Haven, CT 06519 MAP

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Phone: 475-220-1430 &

© 2016 New Haven Public Schools of Choice - Office of Choice & Enrollment