Get to Know Your School Options
Hartford Public Schools (HPS) is committed to ensuring our families are engaged and inspired by the school options we have to offer. 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 and beyond school. Additional opportunities are offered through our partnerships with the CT State Department of Education’s Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) and other educational providers.
HPS provides more educational opportunities to Hartford residents and suburban families in the Greater Hartford region. Read below to learn more about school options and the pathways to access them!
2021-2022 School Selection Guide
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Guía de Selección Escolar 2021-2022
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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 our District (non-magnet) schools are open to Hartford residents only.
- The on-time application period for the 2021-22 school year began January 11,2021 and the deadline has been extended to March 19,2021.
- Hartford residents should complete both the online Hartford District Choice application and the Regional School Choice application to maximize their options.
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 began December 1,2020 and the deadline has been extended to March 19,2021.