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Office of School Choice & Enrollment

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Welcome to the Office of School Choice & Enrollment

The Office of School Choice & Enrollment (OSCE) serves as the entry-point for students and families seeking to enroll in New Haven Public Schools in grades PK-12. New Haven Public Schools operates a range of schools with various instructional themes and specialties that help to engage students in the learning process. We’d love to have you be a part of our learning community. 

The Office of School Choice & Enrollment manages the comprehensive student enrollment process across grades Pre-K through 12 and ensures that all students are appropriately registered to attend a New Haven Public School in compliance with all guidance set forth by the Connecticut State Department of Education and the New Haven Board of Education. 

Our office manages all student enrollment services including registration and withdrawals, the student-to-school assignment process, student information updates, homeschooling intakes and the district’s extensive school choice process for more than 40 Interdistrict Magnet, Intra-district Magnet and Neighborhood schools.

Our office aims to:

  1. Provide quality customer service and support to families around enrollment services and streamlined efficiencies.
  2. Successfully manage a transparent and equitable school enrollment process through substantive education for families around standard enrollment and school choice options.
  3. Establish and sustain student pipelines for talented students from diverse racial backgrounds and resident towns into our schools of choice.

A Message from Mr. Marquelle Middleton, Director of School Choice and Enrollment

Dear Families:

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about New Haven Public Schools and our School Choice programming and process. New Haven Public Schools enrolls and educates nearly 20,000 students each year and operates more than 40 schools. Each of our schools is unique, equipped, innovative and ready to welcome your child as they learn, grow and explore! Please take the time to learn about a few of our great schools!

Navigating School Choice in New Haven can certainly be overwhelming for some but our team has developed a transparent process that is easy to understand. We hope that you will browse our website to learn more and gain a full understanding of how School Choice works in our district. Below you will learn about the 4 easy steps to School Choice in New Haven. You will never go wrong if you,


Let’s learn more about these helpful steps to School Choice (click here). By following these steps, you will soar through the School Choice process in New Haven. Our dedicated team is here to assist you. Please be sure to review all areas of our website for answers to your questions about our office or School Choice. 

Afterwards, if you have questions or concerns please contact the Office of School Choice & Enrollment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 475-220-1430. We are open to the public Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm. 

Available E-Services

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2024-2025 Choice Catalog

A virtual flip book and/or downloadable PDF

Available in English and Spanish 

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Click here to view our Catalog


Important Dates & Deadlines

School Open House Dates

In-Person or Virtual Open Houses

Our schools are proud to open their doors to prospective families and students. Please find a comprehensive list of our schools' open house dates at this link.

Application Period

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 – Application Opens

Friday, March 1, 2024 – Application Closes

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Release of Placement Info

Initial placement results released Friday, March 29, 2024, 5:00pm.

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In the News

Barnard is Tackling Waste Head-On

Lana Rowan | February 28, 2024 | Barnard Environmental Science and Technology School

Barnard Environmental Science and Technology School is on a mission to tackle waste head-on! American schools churn out a whopping 14,500 tons of waste daily, with each student tossing out around 67 pounds of lunch trash every school year. That's a lot of food, plastic utensils, straws, and bags! Another eye-opening stat reveals that schools nationwide chuck out a jaw-dropping 530,000 tons of food annually, costing a mind-boggling $1.7 billion. Jumping on the waste-free bandwagon not only saves energy and slashes waste, but it also shields students from pesky toxins. Recycling is the superhero here, cutting down school trash bills by a cool 36% compared to dumping waste.

4th Grade Scholars in Mr. Ward’s STEM Class had the wonderful opportunity to showcase their coding skills while flying drones. NBC’s Rachael Ray and her team had a close up look at how Obama scholars collaborate with one another and incorporate technology in order to program and fly each drone. Click on the link below to view the clip and read the article from NBC.  

Magnet Unit projects come to life at Ross Woodward

Elizabeth Finn | January 25, 2024 | Ross Woodward Classical Studies Magnet School

Our 5th graders study a newly updated Magnet Curriculum unit on Natural Disasters. Today several groups finished their “Natural Disaster Diorama” projects. Students were challenged to select different natural disasters and visualize how to prepare for them. They created dioramas of what the disaster looks like, feels like and what they’d experience/need to survive! Students researched online for various examples of disasters, debated the best ways to survive in a disaster, and worked in groups or partnerships to complete suitcases or scenes on Natural Disasters. This unit supported students' skills in research, notetaking, critical thinking and provided real world examples and experiences for our students.

You can find Magnet themed units like this throughout our entire school community that support students through diverse curriculums every day. If you are interested in learning more about Ross Woodward, please visit or email Mrs. Finn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

HSC Art Show/Concert

Dianna Carter | January 23, 2024 | HSC
Students are free to express themselves artistically or musically at HSC. When families attend our annual art show, the best three or four art assignments completed by students enrolled in the art elective will be hung up in the lunchroom. Seeing art exhibits is a wonderful way to appreciate the skill and work of artists from all around the world. Their presence gives us the opportunity to view paintings, sculptures, and other artistic creations that we might not otherwise have access to, not to mention the fact that the artist is someone you see every day at school. Since our own students remain after school to play instruments and sing, HSC is all about community and supporting one another.


Victoria Raucci | January 23, 2024 | Davis Academy for Arts & Design
Ms. Rashidy's third grade class gained a deep understanding of concepts related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) as they worked on developing a commercial about a product they designed. Students read literature based on dialogue and plays, and then used their persuasive writing skills to collaborate and design a commercial based on research. It was a great opportunity to use their visual and performing arts background that gave them the self-confidence to present their hard work!

Girls' Math Day with Yale MATHCOUNTS Outreach

Jeanne Marie Bidon | January 23, 2024 | ESUMS
Girls’ Math Day, hosted by Yale MATHCOUNTS Outreach, was a huge success! ESUMS was the school with the greatest number of participants at 64 students from Grades 6-8. Mrs. Wie, Ms. Nyaberi and Mrs. Clark attended the event, and huge thanks to the chaperones – Jenna Katz , Allison Ponce, Sara Jamison, and Ilona Emmerth. Students participated in 3 workshops: mental math tricks, math games, and origami. The day wrapped up with a speaker panel featuring 3 Yale professors in the field of STEM.

Unlocking the many mysteries in our science labs here at Mauro Sheridan

Holly Smith | January 2, 2024 | Mauro-Sheridan Interdistrict Magnet for Science, Technology & Communications

A huge focus here at MASH are the science labs we provide for our students.   Students attend science labs beginning with our Discovery Lab in grades PreK-3, then students move on to our STEM Lab for grades 4-6 and then our Video Lab for grades 6-8.  Middle school students have opportunities beyond the classroom curriculum to participate in additional labs.  Here is a 7th grade lab where students had the opportunity to dissect frogs while learning about internal organs with their teacher Dr. Tracey.

It’s a Celebration at BOMUS!

The Barack Obama Magnet University School celebrated its recent recognition as a School of Distinction for high academic growth in ELA in the Smarter Balance Assessment for the 2022-2023 school year! Families, students, staff, and community members, along with the Hillhouse Band, gathered together for a school-wide Recognition Ceremony.  

Mrs. Light's Class Erupts with Excitement at Ross Woodward

Regina Criscuolo | February 14th, 2023 | Ross Woodward Classical Studies Magnet School

Mrs. Light's 2nd grade class had a blast learning about non-fiction and fictional texts about volcanoes. They were very engaged in centers in which they were grouped and created their own volcano models.

A School that Feeds Itself!

Lana Rowan | February 9th, 2023 | Barnard Environmental Science & Technology Interdistrict Magnet School

Barnard students are learning about the impact of food deserts and the benefits of urban farming through the use of technology and sustainable gardening practices. Students grades PreK-8 all play a role in the school’s weekly #TasteTestTuesdays and #FarmStandFridays. 

Kindness Rocks at Ross Woodward

Regina Criscuolo | February 8th, 2023 | Ross Woodward Classical Studies Magnet School

Mrs. Criscuolo and her 7th grade class began going to
different classes this year painting kindness rocks with the students. For our 7th graders, this was an amazing
activity that showed service to the younger students in
our school and for our younger students, this was a great way for them to help others by painting adorable pictures and writing uplifting messages on their rocks.

Visions Come to Life at BRAMS

Tavares Bussey | February 6th, 2023 | Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School

Mr. Kelsey's 6th-grade Video Emphasis class has been busy working on a series of small group projects. Teams have been editing both a short film and a music video while animators have been hard at work making their visions come to life with clay, paper and pencil, digital art, Lego, and even some toys from home. It's always exciting to see what these young filmmakers can do when allowed to let their creativity flow. 

Adventure Awaits at Mauro-Sheridan

Judith Goodrich | February 6th, 2023 | Mauro-Sheridan Interdistrict Magnet for Science, Technology & Communications

Adventure awaits Ms. Jodee Webb’s students when they arrive for Science Discovery, a weekly hands-on  enrichment class for PreK to Grade 3 students at Mauro-Sheridan. Last year’s focus on the environment  ransformed the room into a rainforest with paper sloths and snakes trailing down from the ceiling. This year the vines are replaced with webs as students investigate structures in nature from snowflakes to root systems to houses built by animal engineers!

Ross Woodward Game Night

Regina Criscuolo | February 1st, 2023 | Ross Woodward Classical Studies Magnet School

Our Family Game and Pizza Night was a fabulous way to kick off School Choice Week. We invited our current families and new families to join staff for a night of old fashioned fun! Over 300 guests were in attendance and they got the opportunity to engage with other families in a variety of games from Jenga to Candyland and everything in between!

Innovation Family Steam Night at Davis Academy for Arts & Design

Elizabeth Black | January 31st, 2023 | Davis Academy for Arts & Design

Family STEAM night at Davis Academy was a fantastic opportunity for students and families to come together and engage in hands-on activities that are both fun and educational. This event offered an enjoyable evening for students to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) concepts, discover new skills, and enjoy a night of hands-on learning with their families. Attendees included both current and potential Davis families.


Barbara Wickwire | January 26, 2023 | Benjamin Jepson Multi-Age Magnet

On Thursday, January 26, 2023, the Benjamin Jepson cafeteria was transformed into a Winter Wonderland giving the students and families a night filled with winter themed games, crafts, and fun. 

On a wintry Edgewood Avenue, Abdul-Razak Zachariah cracked open the spine of The Night Is Yours, and transported young readers to another universe. In the pages, night was falling over a West Haven apartment complex. It was summer, and the heat wrapped everything in its sticky embrace. Guided by the moon, a young girl named Amani slipped outside to play hide and seek. 

Just off Kimberly Avenue, the Grinch was trying to steal Winterfest—and the Whos of Whoville weren’t having it. In one hand, he dragged a bag heavy with stolen gifts, looking down on the town below with a wide, green-eyed smirk. In the other, he gestured for his dog Max to come closer, and revel in his misanthropic glee. But the Whos paid their material possessions no mind: they linked arms and began to sing. 

Cyanotype exposures in science class. Dance as a way to crack algebra equations. Painting and sculpture in social studies, so a land mass becomes more than a concept on a map. Theater and spoken word as a pathway into world languages.