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The School Choice Placement Process

What is it?

The School Choice Placement Process supports the New Haven Public Schools’ School Choice Program. Through an application process families are able to select from neighborhood, magnet and charter school options that best fit their interests and educational needs!  The School Placement Process (formerly called the Lotttery) is held once each year, usually at the end of March or beginning of April.  Prior to the lottery, applications become available in January and are due in March.  Applications can be received on-line or in person at the Choice and Enrollment Office located at 54 Meadow Street, New Haven. 

Important Dates for School Selection process

NHPS School Selection Expos

Saturday, January 20, 2018 Thurday, January 25, 2018 Saturday, February 3, 2018
High School in the Community Hillhouse/Floyd Little Athletic Center John Martinez Magnet School
11:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


School Selection Process Timeline

Application Period Opens:  Thursday, January 25, 2018 Release of Placement Information:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Application Period Closes:  Sunday, March 4, 2018 Deadline to Accept/Decline 1st Round Placement:  Friday, May 4, 2018


We will host Open Houses at Strong 21st Century Communications Magnet on the following dates:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

In addition to our Open House dates, we offer tours to individual families as needed by appointment.  To schedule a tour, please contact Susan Bonanno at (475) 220-4803 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


Click here to Link to New Haven's Magnet Website & On-Line Application




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