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Magnet School Lottery Information

Last Updated: 4/21/2020 2:36 PM

Waterbury currently has three interdistrict magnet schools: Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School (Pre-K-5th grade), Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School (Pre-K-5th grade) and Waterbury Arts Magnet School (6th-12th grade)

Each offers a specialized program in addition to a regular district curriculum. Maloney is noted for its Japanese language, technology and multicultural emphasis. Rotella offers an integrated arts curriculum, where teaching and learning are integrated through an arts approach. The Waterbury Arts Magnet School has both a middle school and high school program. The WAMS middle school program provides an introduction to the arts, including visual arts, music, theater and dance. The high school program allows for a focused study of one area in the arts, such as dance, music, theater, video production or visual arts. 

By state regulation, application to each of these three schools is by LOTTERY only. Lottery applications are made available for a set period of time, usually early in the calendar year. Lottery applications close in the spring. Following the close of the application period, a lottery will take place, during which each application will be assigned a place on the acceptance list. If there are more applications than there are seats, a waitlist will be created.

Once a student is accepted into the school, the student may remain at the school; however, if a student transfers out of the school for any reason, his or her place at the school will be lost. 

It is important to note that historically the schools receive more applications than there are seats available. Most seats are available in the entry level grade. For example, Pre-K at the two elementary schools and sixth grade at Waterbury Arts Magnet School.






Waterbury Public Schools
236 Grand Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: (203) 574-8000

Fax: (203) 574-8010