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.
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
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).
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.
If you missed the Choice lottery application deadline to apply for 2016-17 Kindergarten, please visit the HPS Welcome Center at 960 Main St, 1st Floor to complete a placement request form or call 860-695-8876 with questions.
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 YOUMS001@hartfordschools.org
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
Hartford District Choice Office:
Complete a Placement Request Form with Choice Staff at the Welcome Center, 960 Main Street, 1st Floor to place your child at a HPS School for the 2107-18 school year. Please note that this only applies to students entering the transitional grades of PreK, Kindergarten or 9th grade in the fall of 2017.
There is NO HPS Choice Guarantee for families who miss or come after the lottery process.
Magnet & Open Choice Schools:
- The late application period for magnet and/or open choice schools will open on April 3rd. Please visit, here to apply to the late application.
- Please Note: Late applications do NOT run in the lottery and late applicants will not receive a waitlist number.