Hartford Public Schools is part of an all-choice system of schools so you are able to select from a wide variety of school options, models and themes that best fit the interest and learning style of your child.

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.

We offer several types of school options for families:

Please click here to view our School Selection Guide for the 2020-2021 School Year in English or in Spanish.

View printable copies of our 2020-2021 School Selection Guide here in English or in Spanish.


As a parent, you know your child best. This process is about using that knowledge to select a learning environment that is the best fit for your children and their future.

You can start by taking a few moments to think and talk with your child about:

  • What does your child like?
  • What makes your child unique?
  • What motivates your child to explore and learn?
  • What other factors are most important to you (e.g. school’s distance from home, afterschool clubs and sports)?

Use these helpful tips to guide you as you go through the school selection process:


There are two separate applications for families applying to Hartford District Schools and RSCO Magnet/Open Choice schools 



  • Applications to RSCO Magnet and Open Choice schools are open to Hartford and Suburban residents using the Regional School Choice Office application 
  • The on-time application period for the 2021-22 school year will begin December 1,2020 and run through February 28,2021. 

Hartford Choice How-to in English.

Hartford Choice How-to en español

Hartford Choice How-to in Karen (Burmese)

Hartford Choice How-to in Bosnian