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Lottery Application Period Closed:

The Hartford District Choice Lottery & The Regional School Choice Lottery (Magnet, Open Choice Schools) Closed as of Friday, February 27, 2015.

Important Reminders:

1.      We are anticipating both lotteries to be run in Mid-May of 2015! Should this anticipated timeframe change over the next several weeks, we will be in touch with a further update.
2.      After the lottery is conducted, families will be notified by letter, phone and email. Please make sure to accept the placement!  
3.      It is extremely important to inform our offices of any changes to your contact information.  We are happy to assist you with updating this information:
Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice
o   Phone: 860-695-8876
o   Person: 960 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106
  1st Floor—Welcome Center
Office of School Choice at the RSCO Office (Magnets)
o   Phone: 860-713-6996
o   Person: 165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
  Room 360
4.      Once you are notified of your child’s placement it is important to:
a.      ACCEPT
b.      REGISTER at the School Site (except for Prekindergarten, Age 4)
c.       ATTEND Orientation at your new school
5.      REMEMBER:Accept placement for the Hartford District placement even if your child has been notified they are on a Magnet or Open Choice waitlist.  This way your child will be assured a seat in a Hartford District school.  Families can always contact the HPS District Choice Office if their child is seated in another school option before the school year starts.
Should you have questions, or an update to contact information, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice
                Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM at 860-695-8876
Office of School Choice  at the RSCO Office (Magnets)
                Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM at 860-713-6996



Who can Apply?

  • All parents or legal guardians of a student can apply.
  • Hartford Resident families can complete both the Hartford District Choice Lottery and the Regional School Choice (RSCO) Lottery applications.  
  • Non-Resident families who wish to access Hartford Public School Magnet and Open Choice options apply only through the RSCO application.
What Grades are Eligible to Apply?
  • All students can apply, but students in the transitional grades MUST apply.
  • Transitional grades are Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and Eight Grade –entry or last/final grade of the current school.  Seat availability is greater in the transitional grades.
  • Non-transitional grades are all other grades (1st-7th) where a change is not required but a family may choose to apply to access a new school theme or opportunity. Seat availability is more limited in the non-transitional grades.

Remember:  that if you submit an application and the student is held back in their current grade at the end of the year, then the student remains at their current school.

The school selection process may seem a bit overwhelming.  But, it’s easy if you watch this video and follow these few simple steps!

No need to write it all down, the steps are also listed below.

Hartford Choice How-to in English from Hartford Public Schools on Vimeo.


Hartford Choice How-to en español from Hartford Public Schools on Vimeo.


Please click here for a printable version of, “How to Apply: HPS School Selection at a Glance”  in English or en español.


Still have questions? Contact us at:

Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice, 860-695-8876

Office of School Choice Staff at the RSCO Office, 860-713-6991



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