Co-Op High School

Prospective Students and Families

We welcome your interest in our school. We hope  you will learn as much as you can about us and also seriously consider whether Co-op is a good fit for you before applying. Admission is by New Haven Public Schools magnet school lottery, which has a February deadline and March notification. Auditions are not required. Nonetheless, we encourage only those 8th-grade students with a serious commitment to the arts to apply to Co-op. Each year many applicants are disappointed to be wait-listed because of the extraordinarily high number of applicants; please apply only if you believe that Co-op is truly right for you.

At Co-op we celebrate the arts in each of us and in everything we do. We are a college preparatory, public high school, but art is the essence of who we are. Nearly one-quarter of every school day is spent in arts class. Your work in arts and academics will be challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding. You will be expected to participate fully in all of your classes, which will range from English, social studies, and foreign language to math, science, and your arts major. You will select one arts discipline – dance, theater, music (orchestral strings, concert/jazz band, or choir), creative writing, or visual arts* – and this will be your arts major, or focus, for four years. If you have an interest in more than one art, our comprehensive Co-op After-School program will let you supplement your arts major with additional opportunities in all arts areas.

Co-op is located in downtown New Haven, one block from the Shubert Theater and close to Yale, theaters, museums, arts organizations, and the Gateway Community College campus. School bus transportation to and from school is provided to all students.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to learn as much about Co-op as possible by attending New Haven school magnet fairs and Co-op open houses, and by shadowing current student-artists through a regular school day. Shadows must be in 8th grade and strongly considering applying to Co-op through the magnet lottery. Shadows indicate the art they wish to major in and are then matched with a freshman or sophomore student-artist for the day. Shadowing appointments occur in winter, prior to the February deadline for the New Haven Public Schools lottery. To make a shadowing appointment, call Renee Whitaker in our arts office at (475) 220-2400.

To learn more about New Haven’s magnet school program, including application deadlines and the lottery, visit

We wish you the very best, wherever you may be in your learning journey, and we welcome you to ours.

*Students, if you apply to Co-op, you must select one of the following specializations on the magnet lottery application form:

  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music (choir)
  • Orchestral Strings – violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Jazz/Concert Band – guitar, keyboard, percussion, woodwinds, brass

You may also want to visit the “About” section of our website for more information, and to read our list of frequently asked questions about Co-op.

Parents, if you’d like to know more about parent involvement at Co-op, including info about visiting and parking near the school, please visit the Co-op parent page.

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