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WHAT IF MY CHILD IS A PRESCHOOLER IN NEED OF KINDERGARTEN?

To be eligible the student will need to be five years of age by December 31, 2016 as Kindergarten seats are filled through the lottery process. Guidelines to apply:

  • Must Apply: New Preschoolers, who have not attended any school readiness programs. Enrolled PreK4 students who are in a community-based early learning programs (CRT, YMCA, Mt. Olive, etc...) or attending out of ZONE, and will start Kindergarten in 2016.
  • May Apply: Enrolled PreK4 students who are in community-based early learning programs (CRT, YMCA, Mt. Olive, etc...) or in ZONE, that want to explore other options for Kindergarten in 2016.
  • Need NOT Apply: Enrolled PreK4 students attending an HPS, in ZONE school readiness program at the schools listed below that will continue in the school for Kindergarten in 2016.

WHAT IF I AM INTERESTED IN PRE-KINDERGARTEN FOR MY CHILD?

To be eligible the student will need to be four years of age by December 31, 2016 as Prekindergarten seats are filled through the lottery process. All families should apply online.

HPS School Readiness Sites:

  • Zone 1: Rawson School, Martin Luther King Jr. School
  • Zone 2: Simpson-Waverly School, Wish Museum School
  • Zone 3: Batchelder School, Kennelly School, Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan, Parkville School, Burns Latino Studies Academy, Sanchez Elementary
  • Zone 4: Naylor School, Burr School, MD Fox School, Asian Studies Academy at Bellizzi

If you have missed the school CHOICE lottery dates and are in need of additional information on Hartford Public Schools Pre-kindergarten options, please contact:

Stacey Youmatz, Lead Teacher for Early Childhood (860) 695-8636 or email:

WHAT KIND OF HEALTH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?

Hartford Public Schools provides an extensive array of health services to all families and children who are residents of the City of Hartford and attend Hartford Public Schools. These services include physical exams, immunizations, health and wellness promotion, mental health counseling, medical and reproductive health care screening and testing, and dental services. The HPS Dental Program provides cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, sealants, restorations (fillings), and more—Look for our Molar Express Dental Van!

The following health and dental clinics are available to all Hartford students and their families—with complete confidentiality and regardless of ability to pay.

Bulkeley High School

300 Wethersfield Avenue

(860)695-1014

Hartford Public High School

55 Forest Street

(860)695-1359

Journalism & Media Magnet Academy

150 Tower Avenue

(860)695-1818

Clark Elementary School

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

75 Clark Street

(860)695-3327

Asian Studies @ Bellizzi

215 South Street

(860)695-2449

Sanchez Elementary School

176 Babcock Street

(860)695-4943

M. D. Fox Elementary School

470 Maple Avenue

(860)695-3674

School-Based Dental Clinics are located in the following schools: M.L. King, McDonough, Milner, Moylan, Parkville, Rawson, Simpson-Waverly, and Wish

WHAT ARE THE TRANSPORTATION GUDIELINES? IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE?

Note that students may not be eligible to receive transportation throughout all grades that they are in schools as eligibility changes as they progress in grades (see guidelines below).

General Transportation Guidelines:

  • GRADES K-1: Student lives 0.5 miles or more from enrolled school
  • GRADES 2-5: Student lives 1.0 miles or more from enrolled school
  • GRADES 6-8: Student lives 1.5 miles or more from enrolled school
  • GRADES 9-12: Student lives 2.0 miles or more from enrolled school

Other Guidelines:

  • Transportation is NOT provided to schools outside of the student’s Zone of residency
  • Transportation is NOT provided to Preschool aged students attending Hartford Schools
  • Students placed out of Zone due to space will be provided with transportation for one year
  • Families in Transition may receive transportation regardless of school or resident Zone
  • Achievement First, located in Zone 1 provides transportation for students from Zone 1&2
  • Global Communication Academy, located in Zone 1 provides transportation to all 4 Zones

IF I MISS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE AND SCHOOL SELECTION PROCESS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Hartford District Choice Office:

  • Complete a Placement Request Form with Choice Staff at 960 Main Street, 1st Floor to place your child at a HPS School.
  • There is NO HPS Choice Guarantee for families who miss or come after the lottery process.
  • Families who arrive after the lottery application season closes will receive an assigned placement in a HPS District School that has seats available at the grade requested.

Regional School Choice Magnet Lottery:

  • The LATE paper application period runs from March 1, 2016 through July 29, 2016. Applications will only be accepted online at www.choiceeducation.org.
  • If after July 29, 2016, then the family must apply in the fall when the application reopens.
  • No HPS Magnet School placements are made beyond October 1st.


Choice Office Contact Information

 

Enid M. Rey, Executive Director

Office of School Choice, 960 Main Street—9th Floor
P: 860-695-8876                E: 
Office of School Choice at Regional School Choice Office, 165 Capitol Avenue, Room 363
P: 860-713-6994                E: 
 

Milagros Rivera—Executive Assistant to Executive Director

Office of School Choice, 960 Main Street—9th Floor
P: 860-695-8876                E:
Office of School Choice at Regional School Choice Office, 165 Capitol Avenue, Room 363
P: 860-713-6994                E: 
 

Office of School Choice, 960 Main Street—9th Floor


Leslie Carrillo, Placement and Recruitment Specialist

P: 860-695-8845                E:
 

Liz Castro, Senior Placement and Recruitment Specialist

P: 860-695-8416                E:
 

Nancy Mendez, Community Liaison

P:860-695-8863                E:
 

Office of School Choice, (Magnet Office) 165 Capitol Avenue—Room 363


Marjorie Davis, Assistant Director, Office of School Choice

P: 860-713-6995                E:
 

Lorena Emanuel, Senior Program Manager Data, Technology & Accountability

P: 860-713-6993                E:
 

Nicole Freeman, Magnet School Community Specialist & Recruitment

P: 860-713-6991                E:
 

Susan Morales, Placement and Recruitment Specialist

P: 860-713-6939                E:
 

Kayla Pallas, Associate Program Manager

P:860-713-6996                E:
 

Office of School Choice, 960 Main Street & 165 Capitol Avenue


Marilyn Cancel, Placement and Recruitment Specialist

P: 860-713-6975                E:
 

Carmen Santana, Placement and Recruitment Specialist 

P:860-713-6920                E:

 


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. Hartford residents can apply to the HPS District Choice lottery here.

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. The RSCO office is for families interested in magnet and/or the Open Choice lottery. You can apply here.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Choice office staff by calling 860-695-8876.

Understanding the School Selection Options

The most important thing to understand about school choice in Hartford is that all the participating schools are tuition free public schools with open enrollment.

The following are the different school choice opportunities available to Hartford families:

  • District/Neighborhood schools
  • Theme-based academies
  • Charter schools
  • Magnet schools
  • Open Choice (non-district schools)

District/Neighborhood Schools: choosing from schools in the same zone as where the student lives. Hartford has four school zones; if you are unsure what zone you live in, please review the transportation page. Parents should note that choosing an out-of-zone school may affect availability of school transportation. This program is administered by Hartford Public Schools. If you are interested in this option, click here to apply .

Theme-Based Academies: choosing from academies that have a particular educational focus, such as nursing or environmental studies. Academies may be housed inside of other public schools, but have separate enrollment. Academies may be in a different school zone than where the student lives. This program is administered by Hartford Public Schools. If you are interested in this option, click here to apply .

Charter Schools: choosing from independently-designed and operated schools that follow their own state-approved charter. Charter schools may be operated by organizations that operate schools in other cities or states. Each charter school may have its own admission process; however all are tuition-free and have open enrollment. This program is administered in conjunction with Hartford Public Schools. If you are interested in this option, click here to apply .

Magnet Schools: choosing from schools that have a specialized approach to courses, classwork, and/or teaching. There are magnet schools in each school zone. This program has its own application process and is administered by the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) in conjunction with Hartford Public Schools; While the majority of students are from Hartford, this program is open to students from the Greater Hartford region. If you are interested in this option, please click here for the RSCO magnet/open choice application. 

Open Choice: choosing from public schools from in the Greater Hartford region in neighboring cities and towns. Hartford students may enroll in another district and students from other towns may enroll in Hartford schools. This program has its own application process and administered by the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) in conjunction with the Capital Region Education Council. If you are interested in this option, please click here for the RSCO magnet/open choice application.