Open Choice Office
“In Simsbury, we continue to build upon our successful partnership with Open Choice. By welcoming students and families into our system, we enrich the experiences of all involved. We are pleased to welcome preschool students into our district, providing families and students the opportunity to begin our journey together by engaging in an interactive and developmentally sound early childhood program.”
Matthew T. Curtis
Superintendent of Simsbury Public Schools
About Open Choice
Open Choice is Celebrating 50 Years!
The Hartford Region Open Choice Program (formally Project Concern) is a 50 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 three 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 are available.
- Free tuition and transportation.
- Athletic programs in all districts.
- After School Academy for middle and high school students in Hartford.
- Once enrolled, students attend school in the Open Choice district until high school graduation.
- Summer programs for elementary, middle & high school students.
- Effort is made to place siblings in the same school district at the time of placement.
- Open Choice serves all children, including gifted and talented, English language learners, and special needs students.
- Literacy & Math facilitators for kindergarten 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.
How to Apply
More than 2,000 students attend the Open Choice program for their education. If you'd like your student to be one of them, head on over to our Interested in Open Choice page to learn about eligibility and attend one of our information sessions. We look forward to meeting you, and your student!