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Enrollment and School Choice

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.

EXPLORE

HPS provides more educational opportunities to Hartford residents and suburban families in the Greater Hartford region.  Explore below to learn more about school options and the pathways to access them!

CHOOSE

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)?

APPLY

There are two separate applications for families applying to Hartford District Schools and to the Regional School Choice Office Schools (RSCO).

Contact Us

Email: SchoolChoice@HartfordSchools.org | Call: 860-695-8876 | Visit: 280 Trumbull Street, Ground Level, Hartford, CT

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Extended Office Hours

December 6, 2023 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

December 18, 2023 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

January 12, 2024 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

January 29, 2024 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

February 21, 2024 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

March 4, 2024 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

DISTRICT SCHOOLS

  • Applications to our District (non-magnet) schools are open to Hartford residents only using the HPS District Choice Placement Process.

  • HPS District Choice Placement Process On-Time Application is now open from January 8, 2024 to April 5, 2024.

  • HPS District Choice Placement Process Extended Application will be open from April 15, 2024 to June 14, 2024.

  • If your child is new to the District and in need of a school placement please complete an HPS online registration or, call our offices at (860) 695-8876 or email our School Choices team

RSCO MAGNET/OPEN CHOICE/TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

  • Applications to RSCO Magnet/Open Choice/Technical schools are open to Hartford and Suburban residents using the Regional School Choice Office application.

  • RSCO’s on-time application for the 2024-25 School Year is now open from December 4, 2023 to March 15, 2024.

  • The RSCO Magnet/Open Choice Extended application will be open from April 10, 2024 to July 19, 2024.

  • The CTECS Early application is now open from December 4, 2023 to February 1, 2024.