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Middle School Choice

Norwalk Public Schools is proud to offer Middle School Choice. All incoming sixth graders will have the opportunity to choose from our 10 amazing middle school programs to enhance their education, to pursue their passions and to further explore their interests.

Middle School Choice allows students to choose…

  • what they want to learn
  • how they want to learn
  • where they want to learn
  • and with whom they want to learn

… regardless of where they live in Norwalk.

We can’t wait to see which Middle School Choice programs our students choose to pursue to enrich their education over the next three years.

The lottery application is open and will close on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. The lottery drawing will occur on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023.

To apply for the lottery, click the link below.

Middle School Choice Lottery (ENGLISH)

Middle School Choice Lottery (SPANISH)

Middle School Choice Catalog

Middle School Choice Catalog

How It Works

Which students will be part of Middle School Choice?

Students entering sixth grade in fall 2024 who wish to apply for a choice program outside their feeder/neighborhood school will enter the lottery for Middle School Choice programs, ranking their top choices.

Do current middle school students get to participate in Middle School Choice?

No. Middle School Choice is only open to students entering sixth grade in fall 2024.

What choice programs does each middle school offer?

Click the Middle School Choice catalog above to learn more about each school and what it offers.

Concord Magnet School

  • Bank Street School model

Nathan Hale Middle School

  • Arts Integration
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

Ponus Ridge Middle School

  • STEAM Academy

Roton Middle School

  • Mandarin
  • Japanese
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

West Rocks Middle School

  • Dual-Language
  • Environmental Marine
  • Visual and Performing Arts

How can do I know what my child's feeder/neighborhood middle school will be?

NPS School Feeder System
Elementary School Middle School High School

Brookside

Roton Brien McMahon
Rowayton Roton Brien McMahon
Fox Run Ponus Ridge Brien McMahon
Jefferson Ponus Ridge Brien McMahon
Kendall Ponus Ridge Brien McMahon
Cranbury West Rocks Norwalk
Silvermine West Rocks Norwalk
Tracey West Rocks Norwalk
Marvin Nathan Hale Norwalk
Naramake Nathan Hale Norwalk
Wolfpit Nathan Hale Norwalk
Concord Concord Determined by Residence

 

Click here to view School Assignments by street name.

How does the Middle School Choice lottery process work?

If students are interested in a program that is not in their feeder/neighborhood middle school, they will have the opportunity to enter a centralized lottery for available seats in their program of interest.​

Parents log into the lottery system where they can apply to multiple programs. The lottery application is open and will close on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. The lottery drawing will occur on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023.

To apply for the lottery, click the link below.

Middle School Choice Lottery (ENGLISH)

Middle School Choice Lottery (SPANISH)

An algorithm based on prioritization set by the district randomly selects students for each program. Our lottery will be weighted for sibling preference. Once the lottery has been run, the acceptance list is generated and the wait list is generated as well. Parents are notified by email to the application status as well as acceptance into each program. 

Throughout the application process, school counselors will be available to assist families with their selection. The NPS Family Center will also have representatives available to help families with the process.

What is the Middle School Choice lottery system?

The system is an online lottery system managed centrally, connected to PowerSchool. Once students enter the lottery, a formula will randomly generate accepted students and waitlists for each choice program.​

NOTE: If a student is accepted into a program in middle school, this is not a guarantee of acceptance to the equivalent high school program.

What is the timeline for Middle School Choice?

The Middle School Choice lottery has been extended to Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. The lottery drawing will take place on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023.

Guidance counselors at each elementary school will meet with the fifth-grade classrooms and lead information sessions for the students leading up to the lottery.

How can my child qualify for transportation through Middle School Choice?

Transportation will be provided to students accepted into a Middle School Choice program that is not at their neighborhood feeder school  as allowed by the state school transportation requirements (1.5 miles from the school for students enrolled in grades 4-8).

Intra-District Transfer Students (rising 7th graders ONLY)

Middle school students who are attending their current school as an intra-district transfer student can apply for transportation through the Middle School Choice process for the 2024-25 school year.

Please fill out the form below and choose that you would like to have transportation and you want to change your status from Intra-District Transfer to Middle School Choice. If you do not need transportation, you still need to fill out the form and check that you do not need transportation.

Click here for ENGLISH
Click here for SPANISH

This only applies to current 6th grade students who are an intra-district transfer at their middle school.