Office of School Choice & Enrollment
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Neighborhood and Sibling Preferences

In many schools, New Haven offers preference to students who live within the attendance zone of the school called Neighborhood Preference. All Neighborhood schools and some Magnet and Charter schools have attendance zones.

 

Schools that offer Neighborhood Preference include:

    • Barnard
    • Beecher
    • Brennan-Rogers
    • John C. Daniels
    • Davis Street
    • East Rock Community
    • Edgewood
    • King/Robinson
    • John S. Martinez
    • Mauro-Sheridan
    • Ross Woodward 
    • Augusta Lewis Troup
    • Bishop Woods 
    • Roberto Clemente
    • Clinton Avenue
    • Fair Haven
    • Hill Central
    • Lincoln-Bassett
    • Nathan Hale
    • Truman
    • Wexler-Grant
    • Worthington Hooker
    • Betsy Ross
    • Hillhouse
    • Wilbur Cross

Click here to find your attendance zone and neighborhood preference schools

 

New Haven is also committed to giving priority to families wishing to have their children enrolled together in school. This is called Sibling Preference, and it applies when a student applicant has a sibling already enrolled at the school of choice. All New Haven Public Schools of Choice with the exception of ACES Educational Center for the Arts (ECA), offer Sibling Preference.

Due to seat limitations, there is no guarantee that your child will be placed in a school you selected. 

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 the same schools. Assignment of these multi-child applications will follow the priority sequences listed below, so that if one sibling is admitted, the other siblings will be given preference for seats available at that point of the lottery. 

The order of preference goes like this:

Neighborhood & Sibling – 

Applicant has sibling in the school and lives in the school’s attendance zone

Preference - Neighborhood & Sibling

 

 

Neighborhood Only – 

Applicant does not have a sibling in the school, but lives in the school’s attendance zone

Preference - Neighborhood

 

 

Sibling Only – 

Applicant has sibling in the school, but lives outside the school’s attendance zone

Preference - Sibling

 

 

Sibling Linking *NEW* – 

Applicant has sibling in the school, but lives outside the school’s attendance zone

 

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No Preference  – 

Applicant does not have a sibling in the school and lives outside the school’s attendance zone

Preference - None