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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.

Step 1: Ask yourself, why Metropolitan?

This is where your high school experience begins. When you enter our building and when you join your classes, you will be welcomed by kind, friendly educators who love what they do. Ask yourself the following questions to get yourself thinking about whether or not Metro is a good fit for you.

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?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, or if you want to learn more, then please consider next steps for admission.

View a presentation about our school here.

View a one pager for a school overview.

Step 2: Review the admission timeline

Check back here frequently for the most up to date information.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - Early Admission Meet and Greet by invitation. Please call Dr. Lauren Chicoski at (475)220-7707 if you would like to attend. 

January 22-26, 2024 - National School Choice Week

Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 6pm - MBA In-Person Open House

Saturday, January 27, 2024 (10-2:30pm) - NHPS Expo at Wilbur Cross (Magnet and Charters only)

January 30, 2024 - Applications to enter the School Choice Placement Process will be available online. We look forward to receiving your application via our online system at that time. Go to

Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 11am - MBA In-Person Open House

March 1, 2024 - The online application is due around this time at

March 29, 2024 - The Enrollment Office will notify you of placement or wait list status by email. Please check your inbox and spam/junk folder.

The Magnet Recruitment Coordinator will be calling students offered a seat over the following weeks.

Step 3: Attend an Admissions Event

Registration link for open house January 25, 2024

We are not currently offering shadowing during the school day. Instead, we are offering in-person admission events after school.


Also, take a look at the School Explorer Tool. The School Explorer Tool allows families to discover all the exceptional educational opportunities that are available in the New Haven Public Schools. See how the process works for yourself via our new tools: virtual tours, drone flight footage and application simulator. Explore your chances of assignments to your favorite programs using application data from prior years via our application simulator. See our gorgeous building with the drone flight footage. Walk the halls of our school with a virtual tour to get a better sense of the space where your child will succeed.

Create an account at

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Step 4: Apply online!

An online application is closed for fall 2024 placement. The release of placement information took place March 29. Students who are offered a placement in the first round will have about two weeks to accept the seat. Through the summer, we will move the waiting list in collaboration with the School Choice and Enrollment Office. Those who were offered a placement in the second round have until the end of April to accept and register.

Step 5: Review results

Please follow the instructions in the School Choice and Enrollment email that you received. We will contact students from the waiting list between May and September if there are any seats available.


If your child is NOT currently attending a New Haven Public School (e.g., because they are attending a private or charter school) or if your child will enroll at a charter school next year, you must complete the 2024-2025 online student registration process at by APRIL 12, 2024.


Once you are on the page, click register and then follow the on-screen instructions. Please make sure you are registering your child for the 2024-2025 school year.


You will need to upload the following documents:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate or Passport

  • Picture I.D. of Parent or Guardian

  • Proof of residency: A signed Lease/ Mortgage statement or (2) current home utility bills (gas, electric, water, phone or cable) that lists the guardian's name and home address used on the school choice application.

If you have any questions or need assistance please review the Frequently Asked Questions or visit the Office of School Choice & Enrollment, Monday-Friday 8:30-3:30pm.

Step 6: Attend New Student Day & Orientation

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

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. Please stay tuned for more information on how this will take place.

Contact our Recruiter at any time

Dr. Lauren Chicoski, (475)220-7707,

Para más información en español, por favor contacte a los Embajadores de la Escuela, Elva Berdiel (475-220-7700) or

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