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Magnet Programming

Our 3 Magnet Pathways

To watch this video in Spanish, click here.
To watch this video in Haitian Creole, click here.

Our district is currently transitioning to Connecticut’s first, and only, all-magnet school district. New London Public Schools’ magnet plan is built upon a three-pathway system. International Education, Visual & Performing Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are the three distinct paths.  A Magnet School is a public school offering unique curriculum and specialized programs designed to attract a more diverse student body from throughout a region.  Our Magnet Schools' focus on promoting academic excellence, diversity, and community. We currently enroll students from over 40 towns and over 25 sending districts. 

Magnet School possesses distinct characteristics that include the following:

  • Theme or pedagogical focus
  • Intentional diversification of the student body
  • Alternative funding sources
  • Choice or Alternative to traditional school

Along with the transition to thematic programming, the NLPS transformation included the renovation of Winthrop STEM Elementary School and Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School and now currently under construction are the two secondary campuses.  These projects will renovate the existing middle and high school to support our thematic pathways and provide state-of-the-art learning environments for STEM, Arts, and International Education.  To learn more about our construction projects, please click here.

Apply Now

We have streamlined our registration process to make it easier for you. Registration is based on your child's grade level. All new families are required to create an account to submit an online application to apply and register. When applying, families will have the opportunity to rank their preferred school choices, although placement in a specific school is not guaranteed.

Once accepted into a school, newly enrolling families will need to complete the online registration through PowerSchool Enrollment. To finalize the registration process, families must bring the required documents to their designated registration site for verification.

To register, either click on the PowerSchool Enrollment icon above or click below: 

English PowerSchool Enrollment Link
Spanish PowerSchool Enrollment Link

Computer access available at our new Welcome Center: 
3 Shaw's Cove
New London, CT 06320
or call (860) 444-3181 for more information


District Magnet Recruitment Timeline 2023-2024


Janet Farquhar

Titles: Director of Magnet Pathways