What is the Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice?
The Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice manages and oversees the marketing, recruitment, and application process for all Hartford Public Schools. Specifically, the Office conducts the Hartford District Choice Lottery for the Hartford Public Schools and facilitates the placement of students into district schools.
The Office works in collaboration with the Hartford Public School’s Welcome Center and various community partners such as Achieve Hartford to ensure that families are well-versed in the school selection process, including knowing their school options and understanding the lottery process.
In addition, the Office of School Choice works closely with the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) to ensure Hartford families are well-informed of all available school options and lottery application processes.
For a complete guide to the Choice process including a full directory of all Hartford Public Schools, download the FUTURE GUIDE HERE.
What is the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO)?
The Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) is a division of the State Department of Education. The Office of School Choice works in partnership with RSCO to ensure that families in the Greater Hartford region have access to quality, integrated educational options offered through the RSCO’s Magnet and Open Choice Lottery. Hartford Magnet School placements are conducted through the RSCO. Hartford residents may apply to both the Hartford District Choice and RSCO lotteries.
A description of the Hartford Public Schools Magnet Schools can be found by clicking here.
Questions or concerns may be direct to the RSCO Parent Center:
Regional School Choice Office (RSCO)
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 270
Hartford CT, 06106
Who is eligible to apply to the Hartford District Choice Lottery?
All children entering Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 12 are eligible to apply to the Hartford District Choice Lottery. Students in transitional grades are required to apply and are placed first, as they must change schools in the coming 2014-2015 school year. Children in non-transitional grades can also apply, however seats are limited and placement is not guaranteed.
Transitional grades: entry grades of a school (Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten), or the last grade in a school (child attends a Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 8 school and is currently in the 8th grade)
Non-transitional grades: grades which fall in between the entry and last grade of a school (for instance, a student attends a 9-12 school and is currently in the 10th grade)
Who is able to submit a Hartford District Choice application?
Only the parents/legal guardians of the child can complete the district choice application.
Parent/guardians who want to enter more than one child into the Choice Lottery are required to submit an application for each child.
When does the Hartford District Choice Lottery begin? What is the deadline for submitting an application?
The 2014-2015 Hartford District Choice Lottery application season opens Friday, November 15, 2013 and the deadline for completing applications is Friday, February 28, 2014. This year, families with students in transitional and non-transitional grades will apply during the same lottery time period.
Can I submit a Harford District Choice Application after the February 28, 2014 deadline?
No. Children in transitional grades without an on-time application will be placed in the school closest to their home that has space available.