New Haven Public Schools

  • New Haven is home to the second largest public school system in the state of Connecticut. New Haven Public Schools is an institutional pillar that has proudly served the community for many years and has at times been the catalyst for setting the standard and model for educational reform in public education.

     

    The New Haven public school district boasts a student population of more than 20,000 spread across 49 schools that include 29 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 7 high schools, and 4 transitional schools. It is also important to note that New Haven has one of the state’s largest interdistrict magnet schools of choice program, attracting a high number of students from neighboring suburban districts who seek high-quality educational options. This reality raises interesting opportunities and challenges about equity and excellence for all students.

     

    Dr. Carol D. Birks assumed the leadership of the school system in March 2018. Despite its many achievements, like many urban school districts, New Haven Public Schools still faces many challenges, including issues of equity throughout the system, significant financial constraints, and gaps in student opportunities and achievement levels, just to name a few.