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.
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. Typically after you apply and are offered a seat, but didn't get a chance to shadow, we make appointments to help in your decision to accept the seat. However, with the current school closure due to the coronavirus, we will not be able to make this accommodation.
We hope you had a chance 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
An online application became available on Sunday, February 2, 2020. The application period closed Monday, March 2, 2020. Release of placement information was scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 31, 2020, but was pushed back to April 24 due to the school closures.
Results for Fall 2020
The results for the fall 2020 are now posted. Please log into the account where you applied to view your results.
It is critically important that all students offered a seat in our building ACCEPT or DECLINE their seat by May 15, 2020. No seats will be reversed.
All new students entering or re-entering New Haven Public Schools will be required to register. Our registration process is fully online and can be accessed HERE. Parents and Guardians may also visit www.newhavenmagnetschools.com and click “Register 2020-2021” in the top right hand corner. You will be required to upload all necessary documents.
New Suburban entries are required to have an Interdistrict letter signed by their home district. If their local district is closed, they must have this signed off and sent back to the Office of School Choice & Enrollment once their district reopens without delay. We do know that towns such as East Haven, Madison and Hamden have been able to sign off on these documents. All signed documentation can be faxed to 203-946-5697 or scanned via email to: NHPSRegistration@new-haven.k12.ct.us
Waitlists will be ran district wide after the May 15 response deadline.
Please note the Office of School Choice & Enrollment has been closed for just over a month and will remain closed until further notice. They are working remotely with limited capacity, so please instead contact Metro's Magnet Recruiter at
Attend New Student Day & Orientation
New Haven residents who are placed at MBA typically attend a new student day in May 2020. This event is cancelled for this yer.
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