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Elementary School Choice

Norwalk Public Schools is excited to give our elementary school families choice with Elementary School Choice. Families with children entering kindergarten through fifth grade will have the opportunity to learn more about our 13 amazing elementary schools and find the school that best fits them.

Families can take advantage of our magnet programs that focus on language, character, college and career readiness, and visual and performing arts. We also take great pride in our elementary schools that build community and offer their own unique programs and educational opportunities.

To achieve our mission to provide an excellent and equitable education for all students to graduate future ready, we need to provide options, and we’re proud that we can offer many of them to our families.

The Elementary School Showcase will be held on Jan. 30, 2024. The lottery will open the same date. Kindergarten and new student registration will open on Feb. 1, 2024.

The Elementary School Showcase will be held on Jan. 30, 2024. Join us to learn more about our 13 elementary schools that include a wide variety of magnet programs focusing on language, character, college and career readiness, and visual and performing arts as well as our neighborhood schools.

Two shuttle buses will be running from various locations around Norwalk if you need transportation.

Bus # 1

  • 5:00 pm – Brookside Elementary School – front of school
  • 5:15 pm – Colonial Village Learning Center
  • 5:30 pm – GW Carver Center on Academy St
  • 5:45 pm – Tracey Elementary School – front of school
  • 6:00 pm – Cranbury Elementary School

Bus # 2

  • 5:00 pm – Roodner Court – Interior
  • 5:15 pm – SONO Community Center – 98 South Main St
  • 5:30 pm – East Norwalk Library – Van Zant St
  • 5:50 pm – Cranbury Elementary School

Once first shuttle arrives at Cranbury, shuttle service will run at quarter past the hour. The last bus will leave Cranbury at 8 p.m.

How It Works

Which students will be part of Elementary School Choice?

All students entering grades kindergarten through fifth can participate in the lottery for Elementary School Choice. Families will rank their top choices on the lottery application.

Magnet/choice schools included in the lottery process:

  • Brookside (pre-K Montessori - must live in Brookside school zone to apply)
  • Concord Magnet School
  • Jefferson Marine Science School
  • Kendall College and Career Academy
  • Silvermine Dual-Language Magnet School
  • Tracey Magnet School
  • Wolfpit Integrated Arts School

If you need an intra-district transfer to one of our neighborhood schools, your family will need to make an Intra-District Transfer request. Click here to find the Intra-District Transfer request form.

Neighborhood schools include:

  • Brookside Elementary
  • Cranbury Elementary
  • Fox Run Elementary
  • Marvin Elementary
  • Naramake Elementary
  • Rowayton Elementary
  • South Norwalk Neighborhood School

Do current elementary school students get to participate in Elementary School Choice?

Yes. Students already enrolled in a Norwalk elementary school can participate in the Elementary School Choice Lottery.

How does the Elementary School Choice lottery process work?

If students are interested in applying to one of our magnet/choice schools, they will have the opportunity to enter a centralized lottery for available seats in their school of interest.

Parents will log into the lottery system where they can apply to multiple schools for their child. An algorithm based on prioritization set by the district randomly selects students for each school. Our lottery will be weighted for sibling preference.

Once the lottery has been run, the acceptance list is generated and a waitlist is generated as well for each program. Students will be notified by email to their application status as well as acceptance into each program.

What is the timeline for Elementary School Choice?

The Elementary School Choice lottery drawing will open on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024 and close on Friday, March 1, 2024. The lottery drawing will be Friday, March 8, 2024.

We will hold our third annual Elementary School Showcase on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cranbury Elementary School.

Some schools will be holding open houses and school information sessions while the lottery is open. See schools, dates and times below:

Concord Magnet School (CMS) K-8

Space is limited for daytime tours and reservations are required. To make a reservation, please email CMS parent coordinator Terry Lakin at lakint@norwalkps.org.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m.
    • Includes a presentation on the school program, a Q&A session and a school tour
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.