Welcome! New Haven's Interdistrict Magnet School Program offers a diverse selection of schools to accommodate each student's distinct interests and needs -- from canoeing along the West River to performing in New Haven's Arts and Ideas Festival. By offering high-quality, innovative educational opportunities to students in New Haven and 30 surrounding towns, New Haven's Interdistrict Magnet Schools promote diversity in the classroom that enriches each student's educational experience.
Students at all of New Haven's Interdistrict Magnet Schools take advantage of and benefit from the cultural, educational and professional opportunities offered by New Haven's many academic and arts institutions, businesses and natural areas.
Take a tour of New Haven's 18 interdistrict elementary, middle and high schools to learn more about each one's exciting educational programs. Decide if one is right for you and apply for the next school year.
New Haven's Interdistrict Magnet School program seeks to reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation by offering high-quality, innovative educational opportunities to students in New Haven and 30 surrounding towns.
Amity Regional, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Clinton, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Middletown, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Southbury, Stratford, Wallingford, Waterbury, Westbrook, West Haven, Wolcott, Woodbridge.
If your town is not listed, you are still encouraged to apply.
Begun in 1995, the program developed in response to a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that the diversity in the state's public schools did not meet the requirements of Connecticut's State Constitution.
In order to attract students from a variety of neighborhoods and towns, the Interdistrict Magnet School Program established 18 elementary, middle and high schools that offer unique and innovative educational opportunities not found in most schools -- like meeting astronauts from NASA or performing with the New Haven Symphony. Currently 2,000 suburban children attend New Haven's interdistrict schools.
New Haven's Interdistrict Magnet School Program is the largest and most successful in the state with 80 percent of graduates continuing on to college -- a higher percentage than the statewide average.
Students apply to New Haven's Interdistrict Magnet Schools though the Public Schools of Choice application process that is open to all residents of New Haven and 30 interdistrict towns.
Each school will have scheduled Open Houses and Tours which will allow you to see the schools and meet the principals and staff up close and personally. Also, two Magnet Fairs are scheduled to allow you to do one stop shopping for all of the schools that interest you.
Find out when and where you can visit and see us in action! Click here to see listing of open house dates for each of the 18 Interdistrict Magnet Schools and the dates of the Interdistrict Magnet Fairs.
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