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Applications are now being accepted for the Regional School Choice Lottery!

Hartford Public Schools is committed to providing engaging school options for our beautiful and capable students. Our school choices include specialized district schools and theme-based magnet schools; each offers a unique curriculum that prepares our students to be successful in school and beyond.  Additional opportunities are offered through our partnerships with the CT State Department of Education’s Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) and other educational providers.

The HPS District Choice Placement process assigns Hartford students to Hartford neighborhood schools. This process also allows parents some choice as to where their students attend school and engages Hartford resident students that are new, returning or seeking to transfer to another school for the upcoming school year. Students currently enrolled in a transitional grade (students entering grades 6 or 9) are not required to apply as they are assigned to their next school based on their resident address. 

Dates to Know:

    • On-Time Period: January 8, 2024 – April 5, 2024  
    • Extended Application Period: April 15, 2024 – June 14, 2024   
    • Visit: to apply
The Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) assigns students in the Greater Hartford region via lottery to magnet, open choice, and technical high schools. 

Dates to Know:

  • On-Time Period: December 4, 2023 – March 15, 2024  
  • Extended Application Period: April 15, 2024 – July 19, 2024   
  • Visit: to apply

To explore your child's school options, attend an open house, plan a tour, or join our HPS magnet and open choice schools at one of the upcoming school choice fairs. Learn more here!

RSCO Kick Off School Choice Fair 
December 9, 2023
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Academy of Aerospace and Engineering - 1101 Kennedy Road, Windsor 
Snow date: December 16, 2023