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    Enrollment for magnet schools and neighborhood schools will take place at the same time, with a single application

    **Please note - enrollment deadlines are changing, magnet lottery delayed

    In an effort to create a streamlined, more transparent school enrollment process, New Haven Public Schools is announcing a series of parent-friendly changes to the way parents enroll a child in kindergarten. The first major change is to create a unified spring enrollment process that combines the magnet school and neighborhood school enrollment processes into one application. Additionally, the district will hold a citywide Kindergarten Fair and offer a new School Choice guide that offers information about all NHPS kindergarten options.

    "Parents have long been asking for a simplified process that clearly lays out kindergarten choices and offers a fair path to school enrollment. These changes will help strengthen the overall experience for families as they begin their journey with New Haven Public Schools. I thank the many parents and community members who shared ideas about this process and I look forward to further discussion as we move forward together," said Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries.

    In the past, New Haven opened its magnet school application process in January and held the magnet school lottery in early March. There were separate kindergarten enrollment processes for neighborhood schools that took place later in April (for NHPS-enrolled pre-k students) and then in June (for new entrants to the NHPS system). Those three processes will now be combined into one enrollment process. The new deadlines are as follows:

    Feb. 3 - School Choice guide available and online applications open

    Feb. 5 - Citywide Magnet Fair at the Floyd Little Athletic Center (6-8 p.m.)

    Feb. 8 - Inter-district Magnet Fair at Hill Regional Career High School (12-2 p.m.)

    Feb. 10- March 7 - Open houses

    March 14 - Application deadline

    April 9 - School Lottery

    Details about the process and the upcoming Kindergarten Fair will be released with the School Choice materials on Feb. 3. Current sibling and neighborhood preference policies will remain in effect. This year, the district will continue its policy of giving kindergarten preference to children in NHPS Head Start, Magnet School and partnered School Readiness Pre-K programs, as long as they are applying to a school in their neighborhood zone.

    Also important to note is that Pre-K enrollment for magnet schools will happen during the unified School Choice enrollment process in the spring. Pre-K enrollment for Head Start and School Readiness programs will remain a separate process that also takes place in the spring. Parents with questions about pre-K enrollment can call 203-946-6179 or pick up an application at the Early Childhood Registration Office at 80 Hamilton Street.

    Members of the public are invited to a meeting of the School Redistricting Committee at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Metropolitan Business Academy, 115 Water St. The Redistricting Committee will discuss recommendations from the report it issued last fall. (Click here for a link to the report). Among the recommendations to be considered is a plan to create an additional layer of preference (similar to neighborhood zone preference) by splitting the city into four quadrants of schools. The goal of the quadrant zone preference would be to give families more options for enrolling in a school closer to where they live.

    The district is also working with a new software program, called Smart Choice, which will run the lottery system and provide an easy, online application process for parents.


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