With students coming from 17+ towns and cities, our school is an interdistrict community, a magnet school that brings together diverse points of view and experiences.


New Haven residents can apply to any magnet school in the City, and our Interdistrict Magnet School is open to all Connecticut residents. There are no admission requirements, tests, prerequisites, or tuition for our students.

Families must apply to our school. Students are placed in magnet schools through a school choice process, formerly known as the lottery.


Free transportation is available from most towns. Contact the New Haven Magnet Office at (475)220-1430 if you have any questions.

Why Metropolitan?

There are several school choices you can make. Ask yourself the following questions to get started.

Are you familiar with our magnet themes?

Which academic pathway would you like to take electives in?

Would you like to take Spanish, French or Chinese language courses?

Are you curious about our mastery-based learning and assessment practices?

Would you like to get better at public speaking and advocating for yourself through student led conferences and roundtables?

Are you excited about getting involved in extra-curricular activities, AP Courses, and college courses early?

If you become a student here, do you know that you will complete 100+ hours of community service, 1+ internship, and complete a senior portfolio presentation before graduating?

Next step, plan a visit

Planning a visit gives you or your child the opportunity to see our school through the eyes of a Metropolitan student. By coming in for a tour or following a Student Ambassador through his/her/their school day, your child will be able to ask questions, find answers, and experience what life is like at MBA.

Shadowing ran between October 2019 and late February 2020. We are currently full and have a waitlist for those wanting to shadow. At this point, we do not anticipate having room. Please do not bring your child to shadow without an appointment made in advance. However if you apply, are offered a seat, and wish to shadow, please contact us to set up a shadowing appointment to help support your decision to accept the seat.

We encourage all to attend our Open Houses. Open houses are opportunities for you and your family or friends to take a tour of the building and meet our Student Ambassadors.

Open House #1: Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 5:30-7:30pm

Open House #2: Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 12:00-2:00pm

Apply online

An online application became available on Sunday, February 2, 2020. The application period will close Monday, March 2, 2020. Release of placement information will take place Tuesday, March 31, 2020. If you are offered a seat then you must meet the deadline to accept or decline it. Follow instructions carefully to ensure proper registration.

Attend New Student Day & Orientation

New Haven residents who are placed at MBA will attend a new student day in May 2020.

Out-of-district residents will be contacted over the summer to make sure their final report card and language choices are submitted to our School Counselors by July.

In August, all new students will attend orientation where they will meet Student Ambassadors who will tell them about the first day of school and provide schedules.

Contact our Recruiter

Dr. Lauren Chicoski, (475)220-7707,

Para más información en español, por favor contacte a los Embajadores de la Escuela, Carmen Echevarria (475-220-7700) or Melissa Martinez (475-220-7704).

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