Office of School Choice & Enrollment

New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools

It's Your Choice - Program Overview

New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools offer Connecticut residents a wide array of school choices.  Each of our Interdistrict Magnet Schools offers students unique themed programs, supported by a variety of education partners. 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.


New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Proudly Provide

  • State-of-the-Art Schools
  • 19 Themed Programs
  • 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.  See application rules and process for full details.

Who Can Apply

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. 


Transportation to New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools is available free of charge to the following towns:

  • Amity Regional
  • Ansonia
  • Beacon Falls
  • Bethany
  • Branford
  • Cheshire
  • Clinton
  • Derby
  • East Haven
  • Guilford
  • Hamden
  • Madison
  • Milford
  • Naugatuck
  • North Branford
  • North Haven
  • Orange
  • Oxford
  • Seymour
  • Shelton
  • Stratford
  • Wallingford
  • West Haven
  • Wolcott
  • Woodbridge

In an effort to accommodate all students and to keep within time restraints, bus stops will be located within a three-block radius of your home.  In some cases, the transportation time can exceed an hour each way, but safety will always be the number one priority.


Transportation Procedures for School Closings/Delays

If New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools are open and your town’s school district has closed, NO AM TRANSPORTATION to New Haven from your town will be provided. 

If New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools are on a delay, then there is a delay to New Haven based on the New Haven delay time.  If there is a discrepancy between New Haven and your town’s delay time, New Haven’s delay time will prevail.

If New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools are not on a delay and your town is delayed, NO AM TRANSPORTATION will be provided on that day for that town.

CIAC Rules of Eligibility for Playing Sports

Any student who attends a New Haven Interdistrict Magnet School that does not offer any interscholastic athletics program must return to their sending school district in order to participate in interscholastic athletics.  Please check with the Athletics Department at each magnet school for further explanation.

*NEW* Admission Preference 

Sibling preference will be given when a brother or sister is currently attending the school to which the applicant has applied. The brother or sister must live in the same household and have the same parent. 

In the case where a family has two or more children applying to schools at the same time (i.e. in the same lottery), these siblings must be listed on the same application form in order to receive sibling preference.  The siblings should use the same application form even if they are not applying to all the same schools. If one sibling is admitted, the other siblings will be given preference for seats available at that point of the lottery.

Sibling preference does not guarantee that the applicant will be placed in an Interdistrict Magnet School. 

*NEW* 2013 Lottery Data Charts

In an effort to help make families make informed decisions about choosing Interdistrict Magnet Schools, for the first time NHPS is publishing last year’s lottery data for each Interdistrict Magnet School on each school's webpage.  Although the data changes year to year, you can see a snapshot by grade level of how many seats were available, how many applicants applied, and how many applicants received sibling preference.  Hopefully this added information, along with attending Open Houses, will give families the information necessary to choose schools that will fit the individual needs of their children.

We are supported by: 

US Department of Education and CT State Department of Education