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.


Applications for 2014-2015 are no longer available.  If you would like to receive an Open Choice application for 2015-2016, please contact Lynn Bailey at lbailey@aces.org or (203) 498-6843 in January, 2015.


The following suburban school districts participate in the ACES – Open Choice program for New Haven parents wanting to participate in Open Choice:

Ansonia

New Haven

Bethany

North Branford

Branford

North Haven

Cheshire

Orange

East Haven

Reg. Dist. #5

Hamden

Wallingford

Milford

Woodbridge


Suburban parents from any Connecticut district may apply to send students to available 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 for Suburban Students

Transportation to New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools is available free of charge to 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

 

 

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.

  • A student forum is held annually for high school students to provide ACES and participating districts with information from the students’ perspective.

  • 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.

Applications for the 2015 - 2016 School Year

ACES Open Choice applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available on this site or at ACES, 350 State Street, North Haven in March 2015. In the meantime, please contact Lynn Bailey at lbailey@aces.org or Carolyn McNally at cmcnally@aces.org for additional information.

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ACES – Open Choice 2015-2016 Timeline

Districts report available seats                                            by February 2nd    

Applications designed & sent to printers                             by March 2nd   

Applications delivered to school districts                            by March 9th & 10th  

Application Deadline                                                           by April 10th at 3:30 p.m.

Blind lottery of all qualified applicants                                 On or about April 13th     

Initial placements made                                                        by April 14th   

Notifications of potential placement sent to families             by April 15th  

Parent deadline to accept/reject placement                          by April 24th  

Student list (for students who accept placement by April 24th) sent to home districts to transfer academic / medical / Sp. Ed. records           by May 1st  

District lists sent to superintendents & schools                          by May 6th

Records for new Choice students (for students who accepted placement by April 24th) received from home districts and delivered to your school-- On or about June 26th

*   Placement of additional students – ongoing  from April 25th–October 1st (upon remaining slots)

*   Request for and delivery of records for additional students will be ongoing from April 25th–October 1st

* Due to limited staffing during the summer, New Haven schools may be unable to accommodate record requests until the first day of school. ACES Open Choice staff will do our best to procure records as needed.