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Families must complete the application online.  If you are unable to access a computer, please contact Lynn Bailey at 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 Cheshire Milford North Haven Wallingford
Bethany East Haven New Haven Orange Woodbridge
Branford Hamden North Branford Reg. Dist. #5  

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



North Haven







Beacon Falls




West Haven


East Haven






North Branford




Click below to access the ACES 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.