WHAT IS THE HARTFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL OFFICE OF SCHOOL CHOICE (HPS Choice)?
The HPS Choice Office manages and oversees the marketing, recruitment and placement process for all Hartford Schools. The Office conducts the HPS District Lottery which places students in our district schools.

WHAT IS THE REGIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE OFFICE (RSCO)?

RSCO is the Regional School Choice Office, a division of the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE).  The HPS Choice Office works in partnership with RSCO to ensure that both Hartford and Suburban families have access to quality, integrated educational opportunities offered through the RSCO Lottery.  Placements in Hartford Magnet and Open Choice schools are conducted through the RSCO lottery. 

WHY SHOULD PARENTS APPLY TO THE HARTFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ DISTRICT OR REGIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE (RSCO) LOTTERIES?
Hartford families have the unique opportunity to participate in two selection processes- the Hartford Public Schools’ District Choice lottery and the RSCO Lottery.  The HPS District lottery is open to Hartford residents applying to our district schools.  The RSCO lottery is open to Hartford and Suburban families applying to magnet and/or open choice schools.  These educational options provide families with choices that align with their child’s interest and prepares them for future academic success.  Hartford residents are able and encouraged to participate in both lotteries.

WHO CAN APPLY?
Hartford resident families can complete both the Hartford District Choice Lottery and the RSCO Lottery applications.

Students entering grades PreK4-12 are eligible to apply to the HPS District Choice Lottery, but children in transitional grades of PreK, Kindergarten or 8th graders in the last year of their current school MUST apply.

Non-resident families who wish to access Hartford Public School Magnet and Open Choice options can apply only through the RSCO Application


HOW MANY SCHOOLS CAN I SELECT ON THE HPS DISTRICT CHOICE APPLICATION?
Hartford resident families applying to the HPS District Choice lottery must select four (4) school options for the application to be considered complete.  Parents are encourages to select choices within their home zone, as transportation may not be provided for school selections that are out of zone.

WHAT IS THE HPS CHOICE GUARANTEE?
HPS District Choice guarantees that a student in a transitional grade will be placed in ONE of the FOUR school options selected on their application. This guarantee does not apply to any magnet schools, non-transitional grads or to families who arrive after the lottery period has closed.

RSCO Lottery does not guarantee a seat at a magnet school. Therefore, Hartford resident families must complete the HPS District Choice Application to ensure that the student receives a seat at an HPS school if they are in a transitional grade (entering or in their last grade).


IS MY CHILD ABLE TO ATTEND SCHOOL IF H/SHE IS UNDOCUMENTED?
Yes, all children living in the Unites States have a right to a free K-12 public education.  Immigrant children do not need a green card, visa, passport, alien registration number or Social Security number in order to register for school.

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, 2019 as Kindergarten seats are filled through the lottery process. Guidelines to apply:

Must Apply: New Preschoolers, who have not attended any school readiness programs at HPS. 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 2019.

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 2019.


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, 2019, and born in 2015, as Prekindergarten seats are filled through the lottery process. All families should apply online.

HPS School Readiness Sites:

Zone 1: Rawson School, West Middle

Zone 2: Wish Museum School (Milner also offers PK4 but, families must go to the school to register–this is a unique process for this specific school).

Zone 3: Kennelly School, Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan, Parkville School, Burns Latino Studies Academy, Sanchez Elementary

Zone 4: Naylor School, Burr School, MD Fox School, Bellizzi School

NEW: If you accepted a seat for your child into one of the above named schools for PreK4 and would like information on how to register please click here English and Spanish

If you have questions, please contact Stacey Youmatz, Lead Teacher for Early Childhood (860) 695-8636 or email YOUMS001@hartfordschools.org


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. For more information on HPS Health Services please click here

WHAT ARE THE TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES? IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE?

Transportation guidelines are set by the Connecticut State Department of Education.  We are committed to making the transportation services efficient for Hartford families. To focus resources where they are needed most, students living near to their schools may not be eligible for busing. * 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