West Rock Author's Academy Interdistrict Magnet


2015 Open Houses

Tuesday, February 24 10am-12pm

Wednesday, February 25 10am-12pm & 4-6pm

Thursday, February 26 10am-12pm

Wednesday, March 4 10am-12pm 

Thursday, March 12 10am-12pm & 4-6pm

General Info

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

Main Office Phone: (203) 946-7761

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

Enrollment: 230 students

Uniform School: Yes



School Overview


Welcome to West Rock Author’s Academy where students and staff demonstrate “Pride in Learning!” Our school is an Interdistrict Magnet school serving students in grades PreK4 through 4th grade. We strive to provide an environment that develops lifelong learners who are effective readers, writers, listeners, speakers and critical thinkers. Our staff will help your child cultivate a positive attitude and excellent work habits in order to become responsible and productive citizens that are well prepared for all of their future endeavors at home, school, college and the workplace.

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


  • Your child loves reading, writing books and a learning environment with high expectations.
  • Your child is fascinated by words and how we learn about the world and communicate through words.
  • Your child enjoys sharing their ideas with others.


Unique Ways Your Child Can Learn and Grow Here:


  • Daily opportunities to think critically and creatively guided by the Readers and Writers Workshop model which includes a strong emphasis on teacher and student conferring.
  • Meeting and working with actual published authors such as Barbara McGrath, Sara Albee and Tad Hills.
  • Participating in Publishing Parties that celebrate authentic student work.


2014 Open Houses

2015 Open Houses

Tuesday, February 24 10am-12pm

Wednesday, February 25 10am-12pm & 4-6pm

Thursday, February 26 10am-12pm

Wednesday, March 4 10am-12pm

Thursday, March 12 10am-12pm & 4-6pm

School Tours 

Available by appointment.

More Info

Please contact Rosalyn Bannon at 203-946-7761, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Cynthia Hodge at 203-946-5875, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or William Scott at 203-946-7761, 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...

”“My heart gravitated towards WRAA because the teachers hold tremendously high expectations and unfold a learning environment that is competitive yet compassionate.” - Bianca, Parent

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 Available Seats and Applicants by Grade Level

Available Seats: 10 16 7 6 1 1
Sibling Preference: 1 1 0 0 0 0
No Preference: 36 24 10 6 8 5


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

© 2014 New Haven Public Schools of Choice - Magnet Office