Click here to go to the School Choice website and apply online.

New Haven Public Schools offers an exciting array of schools with unique themes and programs, community partnerships and rigorous academic learning.
This year, we are making some BIG CHANGES that respond directly to what parents have been asking for!
For the first time, there will be ONE enrollment process and ONE lottery for all Magnet Schools, Charter Schools, and Kindergarten seats in Neighborhood Schools.   We hope you’ll find the new process clearer and simpler to navigate.
For questions, contact the School Choice and Registration Office at 203-946-7415 or 203-946-8501.
New Haven Public Schools Proudly Provides:

  • Free full-day kindergarten
  • Free Transportation at all Magnet and Charter schools and most Neighborhood schools
  • Free Pre-Kindergarten for 3 and 4-year-olds at Magnet schools

Who can apply?
New Haven residents can apply to any magnet or charter school in the city. Neighborhood schools are open to New Haven residents who live within the school’s defined zone. We serve special education students, English language learners, and talented and gifted students. No student may be denied enrollment because of race, ethnicity or disability. There are no admission requirements, tests, or prerequesites.*
Understanding the Process
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 School Choice Enrollment Catalog and application becomes available on Feb. 4, 2015. In addition to a paper application, we will offer a new online application available at Here are the steps:
Apply using the paper or online application. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 13, 2015.
You will receive a Receipt Letter of your Application within two weeks for paper applications and immediately for online applications.
Registration dates:
Kindergarten Students-New Haven Residents Only: Starting March 9, 2015   
New Suburban residents:  Starting April 4, 2015
Please bring the following documents to the Choice & Enrollment Office  at 54 Meadow St., 1st Floor.
1. Photo ID of parent/guardian
2. Child’s Birth Certificate or Passport
3.  Proof of residency:  Current utility bill or lease/mortgage papers
School Placement Process ( formerly called Lottery):

  • The School Choice Placement Process will be held on Tuesday, March 31. Detailed information will be forthcoming. 

Understanding Neighborhood and Sibling Preferences
In many schools, New Haven offers preference to students who live within the attendance zone of the school. All Neighborhood schools and some Magnet and Charter schools have attendance zones. To find your child’s attendance zone, or 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.
The order of preference goes like this:
1.       Sibling & Neighborhood (top preference) – has sibling in the school and lives in attendance zone
2.       Neighborhood Only – no sibling in the school, but lives in the attendance zone
3.       Sibling Only – has sibling in the school, but lives outside attendance zone
4.       No preference – no sibling in the school and lives outside the attendance zone
Due to seat limitations, there is no guarantee that any child will be placed in a particular school.