State of the Art School Opens In New Haven

If students are not feeling creative a new New Haven school, it’s not because of their surroundings.

A swanky new $70 million state-of-the-art Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School opened its doors in Downtown New Haven on Tuesday morning to nearly 450 students.

The school offers everything a student could need to test their creative abilities.

The lower level, first and second floors of the 140,000 square foot school include:

  • 350-seat multi-purpose theater
  • Black-box theater
  • Scene shop
  • 80-seat lecture/film viewing hall
  • Two dance studios
  • 2D and 3D arts studios
  • Creative writing labs
  • A video production studio
  • Choral and instrumental rehearsal spaces
  • Photography lab
  • Seminar rooms
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
  • Gymnasium 

The top two floors include other academic classrooms. 

"We have waited a long time for this new school, which will enhance the co-op students' academic and arts experiences," said Reginald Mayo, superintendent of schools. "And all the arts institutions and non-profits are excited about partnering with us and using the top-notch facility.”

Co-op is one of two New Haven high schools and 16 Connecticut high schools to receive a "silver" designation as one of the nation's top high schools in last month's U.S. News & World Report annual analysis.

“We have great expectations for Co-op and appreciate the tremendous support we have received from the community," Mayo said.

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