RSCO Lottery Application

Now Open Through February 28, 2018

Please scroll down to learn more about your CREC options and to submit your lottery application.

Visit us at one of our Upcoming Events

Regional School Choice Office Fairs
Nov. 4, 2017
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Snow Date: Nov. 5; Noon - 4 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts Park
1214 Main Street, Hartford
Jan. 27, 2018
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Snow Date: Feb. 24
Conard High School
110 Beechwood Road, West Hartford
CREC Magnet School Upcoming Events

Click here to view a list of individual magnet school information sessions

Passport to Excellence Fair (For Pre-K3, Grade 6 & 9 applicants)
Nov. 30, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Snow Date: Dec. 5
Connecticut State Capitol
201 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
Hartford Region Open Choice Info Session
Jan. 24, 2018
5:30 - 7 p.m.
(For PK4 to Grade 10)
Snow Date: Jan. 31
Parker Memorial Community Center
2621 Main Street, Hartford
Feb. 20, 2018
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Snow Date: Feb. 21
CREC Central
111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford

Know your choices!

Are you a Hartford resident?

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Hartford Region Open Choice Program
(Formerly Project Concern)

The Open Choice program offers students who live in Hartford the opportunity to attend a non-magnet public school outside of Hartford. Open Choice is free, and transportation is provided.

The towns available to Hartford residents who choose Open Choice are:

Avon
Berlin
Bolton
Canton
Cromwell
East Granby
East Windsor
Ellington
Enfield
Farmington
Glastonbury
Granby
Hartford

Newington
Plainville
Portland
Region 10
Rocky Hill
Somers
Southington
South Windsor
Suffield
Tolland
Vernon
West Hartford
Wethersfield
Windsor Locks

Helpful Hints

If you select the Open Choice option on your lottery application, it is best to know your zone, and you should know that you can select as many as five school districts that you would be willing to accept a seat in. You can also choose “all districts,” which means you will be offered a seat in whichever district is available.

Districts Providing New Seats

Zone 1 – Avon, Canton, East Granby, Granby, Simsbury, Suffield, and West Hartford

Zone 2 – Bolton, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, South Windsor, Tolland, Vernon, and Windsor Locks

Zone 3 – Berlin, Farmington, Newington, Plainville, Southington, and Wethersfield

Zone 4 – Berlin, Cromwell, Glastonbury, Newington, Portland, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield

What to Expect as Part of the Open Choice Program

  • Full-day preschool and kindergarten
  • Once enrolled, there is no need to reapply to the lottery each year. Your child is enrolled through high school graduation.
  • Summer programs and after-school academies
  • Transportation provided for high school athletic programs
  • Prepares children for the workforce by learning from and interacting with other students from different backgrounds.
  • Students will be placed at a school outside of his or her home district, but that means new experiences with new people without having to move.
  • Longer bus rides (between one and two hours each way). Learn to use time wisely! For example, do homework, read, or take a nap on the bus.

For more information and to apply to the Open Choice program, visit crec.org/choice

CREC Magnet Schools

Choose from CREC’s 16 award-winning magnet schools, which are located in state-of-the-art facilities and have the latest technology, prepare students for college, and have high student achievement. Join 8,300 students from more than 85 Connecticut towns who have chosen a CREC education.

Choose CREC and provide your child with a themed-based curriculum that allows students to develop their talents and interests in diverse learning communities and participate in real-world experiences that enhance their daily learning.

A CREC Education is Waiting For You at One of the Following Schools

CREC Preschools and Elementary Schools

Per Connecticut General Statutes, families of newly enrolled preschool students whose family income is above 75% of the state median income (SMI) will be required to pay a tuition fee for the 2018-19 school year. The fee for preschool students will be determined annually, but will not exceed $4,000 per child. Families whose income is at or below 75% of the state median income will not be required to pay tuition. For more information about preschool tuition, please review the Frequently Asked Questions document.

What to Expect at a CREC Magnet School

  • Diverse learning communities
  • State-of-the-art facilities that provide the latest technology and resources to all students
  • Quality early childhood programming for 3- and 4-year-olds and kindergarten students
  • Interscholastic middle and high school athletic program
  • Advanced Placement and early college opportunities
  • Attending a school outside of your home district to help prepare your child for real-world experiences by learning from, and interacting with, students from different backgrounds
  • Longer bus rides (between 1 and 2 hours each way). Learn to use the time wisely! For example, do homework, read, or take a nap on the bus.

For more information and to apply to CREC Magnet Schools, visit crecschools.org

Open Choice Program

The Open Choice program offers students who live outside of Hartford the opportunity to attend a non-magnet Hartford public school. Transportation is provided for all students.

The non-magnet Hartford public schools available to suburban residents who choose Open Choice are:
  • Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School (K-5)
  • Global Communications Academy (K-12)
  • Sarah J. Rawson Elementary School (K-8)
  • Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy (4-8)
  • Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology (9-12)
  • Hartford Public High School’s Nursing and Health Sciences Academy (9-12)
  • Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy (9-12)
  • High School Inc. (9-12)
  • Journalism & Media Academy (9-12)

Although the school name may have “Academy” listed, these are regular public schools and you can select as many as five schools in which you would be willing to accept a seat.

What to Expect as Part of the Open Choice Program

  • Full-day kindergarten
  • Once enrolled, you can continue in the Hartford public school system until high school graduation. You will have to reapply in order to transition to the next school.
  • Students will be placed at a school outside of his or her home district, but that means new experiences with new people without having to move.
  • Longer bus rides (between one hour to 90 minutes each way). Learn to use time wisely! For example, do homework, read, or take a nap on the bus.

Lottery Myth Busters

  • CREC does not run the lottery. It is managed by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
  • The lottery is based on the school you apply to, the student’s grade, and the town you live in.
  • The Open Choice program and CREC magnet schools are options on the lottery application. You can apply to both, or one, on your application.
  • CREC magnet schools are public schools.
  • Free transportation services are provided to eligible students.
  • Transportation is provided to all students in kindergarten through grade 12. Preschool students residing in Hartford, but who attend a school outside of the city, also receive transportation.
  • Students placed on a waitlist and who are not offered a seat placement by October 1 must reapply to the lottery each year.
  • Whether you apply the day the application opens or the day the application closes, you have an equal chance of a placement.

Application Helpful Hints

  • Submitting an on-time Regional School Choice Office lottery application (before the February 28, 2018 deadline) increases your chances of receiving a placement offer. However, if you miss the on-time deadline, a late application period is available to families.
  • Research your options, and know where you want to apply.
  • Be sure that all selections on the application are placements that you’d be happy receiving.
  • Provide accurate contact information, including accurate telephone numbers and email addresses. If your contact information changes, please contact the Regional School Choice Office at 860-713-6972 to update your information.
  • The majority of seats available are in entry level grades. This includes Pre-K3, kindergarten, and grade 6.
  • You can access the RSCO lottery application here.