Online applications are available here.  

Families must complete the application online.  If you are unable to access a computer, please contact Lynn Bailey at lbailey@aces.org or 203.498.6843.

 


ACES Open Choice was established through state legislation for suburban students to attend schools in New Haven and for New Haven students to attend schools in the suburbs.

The goals of Open Choice are to reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation and to increase academic achievement. Families in the Greater New Haven area are given opportunities to enroll their children in schools with available openings in a variety of grade levels. ACES is one of three Regional Educational Service Centers that oversees this effort in Connecticut.

ACES collects data on available seats in our area, manages the application and selection process, manages the transportation of those selected students, and works to support the students, families, teachers and administrators who participate in the program.

 


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The following school districts participate in the ACES  Open Choice program:

Ansonia

New Haven

Bethany

North Branford

Branford

North Haven

Cheshire

Orange

East Haven

Reg. Dist. #5

Hamden

Wallingford

Milford

Woodbridge

Not all of the above districts provide NEW Open Choice seats.  Please refer to the application for districts with current offerings.


Suburban parents from any Connecticut district may apply to send students to available seats in New Haven schools.  However, transportation is provided only from the following districts for grades K-12.  Pre-K students have to be transported by parents/guardians.  Transportation to New Haven Public Schools is available free of charge for students who live in the following towns:

Amity Regional

Cheshire

Hamden

North Haven

 Stratford

Ansonia

Clinton

Madison

Orange

Wallingford

Beacon Falls

Derby

Milford

Oxford

West Haven

Bethany

East Haven

Naugatuck

Seymour

Wolcott

Branford

Guilford

North Branford

Shelton

Woodbridge

 

 

Click below to access the ACE Open Choice PowerPoint presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of the ACES – Open Choice Program:

  • Parent meetings are held to provide information regarding this program.

  • After school activities transportation are provided for middle and high school students.

  • Family/School Liaison fosters communication among families, students and schools to help adjust to a new environment. She attends PPTs, does home and school visits.

  • Open Choice helps to reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation. It brings diversity to the districts where your child attends school.

  • College prep activities are provided to 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade students.

  • Student Profiles are completed on a yearly basis from your child’s school to help ACES keep track of how well the students are doing academically & socially.

Outcomes of the ACES – Open Choice Program:

  • Student academic achievement has improved.

  • Students have expressed their appreciation for the program and the benefits for their future endeavors. Parents have spoken about the difference Open Choice has made in their child’s life and what they have accomplished.

  • Long lasting friendships have been created.

  • Students, families, and school staff work to overcome stereotypes.

  • Over 90% of the ACES – Open Choice students have continued their education at colleges & universities of their choice.

 

ACES – Open Choice 2017-2018 Timeline

Districts report available seats       by February 1st
Applications available online    by March 1st
Applications delivered to school districts  by March 9th & 10th  
Application Deadline          by April 11th at 3:30pm
Blind lottery of all qualified applicants      On or about April 13th   
Initial placements made         by April 17th 
Notifications of potential placement sent to families     by April 21th
Parent deadline to accept/reject placement    by May 5th
Student list (for students who accept placement by May 5th) sent to home districts to transfer academic/medical/Sp. Ed. records 

 

by May 10th

District lists sent to superintendents & schools    by May 10th

Records for new Choice students (for students who accepted placement by May 5th) received from home Districts and delivered to the receiving schools

 On or about June 27th

*   Placement of additional students – ongoing  from May 6th–October 1st (upon remaining slots)

*   Request for and delivery of records for additional students will be ongoing from May 6th–October 1st

 *  ACES - Open Choice will make requests for student records and will continue to seek records throughout the summer for late placements.