Schools to hold Lottery for Wait Lists at Neighborhood School Kindergartens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, April 29, 2011
 
 
CONTACT:
Christopher Hoffman
203-946-8450
 
 
NEW HAVEN SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE LOTTERY FOR
NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN WAITING LISTS
 
 
                 The New Haven Public Schools today announced that starting this year a lottery will determine kindergarten waiting lists at the city’s 10 neighborhood schools, replacing the current-first-come-first-served waiting list system.
  
 
                 Under the new system being introduced next month, if a neighborhood school runs out of kindergarten slots, parents will have until May 30 to sign up for a waiting list lottery for that school. The lottery will be June 17 and open to the public. As slots open, parents will be notified in order of their lottery number.
 
 
                 The new system eliminates the need to wait on line for a waiting list spot. It also assures parents will be automatically informed when kindergarten slots open at neighborhood schools.
 
 
                 “We heard complaints and responded by creating a new, streamlined system in consultation with parents, school officials, the Board of Aldermen and others,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “We reached a consensus that a lottery is fairer and more efficient. Parents will no longer have to wait on line for a waiting list spot, assuring everyone an equal chance at kindergarten slots as they become available.
 
           
                 “I thank Alderman Elicker for his input and assistance in addressing this issue.”
 
 
                 In another change, kindergarteners not able to be registered for their neighborhood schools will be first assigned to Celentano School and then if that school fills up to Strong School. Kindergarteners will be able transfer to their neighborhood schools if slots open in order of their lottery number.
 
           
                 The affected schools are: Bishop Woods; Clinton; Hill Central; Lincoln-Bassett; Nathan Hale; Roberto Clemente; Troup; Truman; Wexler-Grant and Worthington Hooker.