Your Choice... ...Our Future
The Hartford Region Open Choice Program (formally Project Concern) is a 47 year old program that offers Hartford students the opportunity to attend public schools in suburban towns, and suburban students the opportunity to attend public schools in Hartford, at no cost to the student's family.
The goal of the Open Choice Program is to improve academic achievement, reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation and provide all children with a choice of high quality educational programs.
Research studies show that students in integrated schools are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, and graduate from college than their segregated peers. Many Open Choice students are also performing at rates that are higher than their peers statewide.
The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) is one of four agencies in Connecticut that is legislatively mandated to manage the statewide program. Open Choice is funded by the State Department of Education.
Our multilingual Open Choice team works closely with school districts to help support students and their families. Together, we help your child participate in a rewarding, diverse, educational experience that will prepare him/her for a successful future.
Benefits of Open Choice
- Full Day Preschool and Kindergarten programs.
- Once enrolled, students attend school in the Open Choice district until high school graduation.
- Effort is made to place siblings in the same school district at the time of placement
- Open Choice team (including bilingual staff) works closely with school districts to help support students and their families
- Special education facilitators to support families of children with special needs
- Literacy & Math facilitators for kindergarten students
- Athletic programs in all districts
- After School Academy for middle and high school students in Hartford
- Summer programs for elementary, middle & high school students
- Parents empowering parents training program for all Open Choice parents
- Free tuition and transportation
Facts About Open Choice
- Currently, approximately 2,000 Hartford resident students attend school in 28 suburban districts and 135 suburban resident students attend Hartford public schools through Open Choice.
- A full day kindergarten experience is available through Open Choice Early Beginnings.
- In most cases, transportation is provided at no cost to families.
- Open Choice serves all children, including gifted and talented, English language learners, and special needs students.
- There are athletic opportunities for middle and high school students.
- The majority of Open Choice graduates attend post secondary education programs, including four-year colleges such as Clark, UConn, ECSU, Lesley, CCSU, Western New England, the University of Hartford (grants available for Hartford residents), Johnson and Wales, and the University of Florida.