About the Lottery - Fall 2015 Enrollment

Diverse-Girls-JepsonIn 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. 

All students applying to a Magnet, Charter or Kindergarten at a Neighborhood School must submit an Application by Friday, March 13, 2015 to enter the Lottery. Submit applications to the Magnet Office at 54 Meadow Street or apply here. Do not submit your application to the school or school personnel. If any information on the application is not the same information on file in the Registration Office, the Application will be returned to you. 

With the new unified School Choice enrollment process, you will be asked to fill out one application that allows you to select up to FOUR school choices, including PreK—12 for Magnet and Charter schools and Kindergarten for Neighborhood schools if you live in the attendance zone. Remember, you do not have to pick FOUR choices. In fact, you should ONLY select schools that you would be happy to send your child to.


The Lottery:

The Lottery will be held on Wednesday, April 1 at the Board of Education Building, 54 Meadow Street, 2nd Floor.

Applications to enter the lottery will be available Wednesday, February 4, 2015. We look forward to receiving your application via our online system at that time.


Lottery Results: 

Results of the Magnet Lottery will be emailed. Registration information:

    • If your child gets a Magnet or Neighborhood School seat through the lottery, you must make sure your child is registered with New Haven Public Schools (NHPS).

    • If your child is registered in a New Haven Public School, you do not have to do anything more - your child’s Magnet or Neighborhood seat will be automatically accepted. However, if you wish to decline the seat, you must call the Magnet Office by the deadline date on your letter.

    • If your child gets a Magnet or Neighborhood seat through the lottery and is not registered in our system, you must register your child by the deadline date on the letter sent to you.

    • **If you have a question about whether your child is registered in the NHPS system, call (203) 946-8501.

    • If your child gets a seat in Wintergreen, Amistad, Elm City College Prep, Common Ground, or if your child is currently attending Wintergreen, Amistad, Elm City College Prep, Common Ground, or an Open Choice suburban school, you must come to the Magnet/Registration Office and register your child by the deadline date on the Lottery Results Letter. 



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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