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The RSCO lottery for the 2020-2021 school year is now open!
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Interested in Open Choice?

RSCO Application Information

The 2020-2021 Late RSCO Application is now open

Late Application submissions are due July 31, 2020

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Thank you for your interest in the Hartford Region Open Choice Program. Select a topic of interest below to learn more.

Placement Preferences

Applicant Sibling Preference

An applicant sibling is an applicant with a sibling also applying to the Hartford Region Open Choice Program. When RSCO offers an applicant an Open Choice seat, RSCO may also offer an Open Choice seat to siblings who applied, if seats are available. To receive an applicant sibling preference, the siblings must rank order the same school districts in the exact same order.

Be sure that each child’s application contains information about the other sibling(s) in the applicant sibling section.

Enrolled Sibling Preference

A placement preference is given to sisters and brothers of currently enrolled students. Siblings are defined as students living in the same household and sharing at least one biological parent, legal guardian or foster family. Although siblings receive a preference, placement is dependent on seat availability and is not guaranteed.

Sibling preference applies to applicants of a current student who will be returning to their Open Choice district for the following school year and who have selected the current student’s district as their first choice on the application.

Please Note:

  • All current families, who desire an Open Choice placement, must submit a RSCO application by January 31, 2020 at
  • If the sibling receives a placement offer, you must follow all RSCO instructions and respond by the placement and registration deadline dates or the student may lose his/her seat.

Open Choice Only Preference

RSCO applicants who select only the Open Choice Program (i.e., no magnet schools were selected) on the RSCO application receive a placement preference if seats are available.

How to Apply

Important Information to Know Before Applying

  • Where seats are available, applicants who only select Open Choice (i.e., no magnet schools are selected) will receive a placement preference. This option is highly recommended for those applying to kindergarten. In the previous application season 100% of our kindergarten applicants received a placement.
  • The majority of new Open Choice seats are offered in PK4, kindergarten, and grades 1, 2 and 9.
  • You can apply to Open Choice AND/OR the magnet schools. You do not have to apply to both.
  • Open Choice and magnet schools have two separate lotteries.
  • If you apply to both Open Choice and magnet schools, you can only receive ONE placement offer.

School/District Options

Select one:

My Student is a Hartford Resident

Hartford resident students in grades PK4-10, who are interested in attending a suburban public school, are eligible to apply to Open Choice (these schools are not magnets schools). If your child is placed in a suburban district, and you remain a Hartford resident, he/she will continue in that school system until high school graduation. You do not need to reapply for middle school or high school. Student must remain a Hartford resident.

Participating Districts

More than 2,300 students attend 144 schools in 27 districts. The Hartford Region Open Choice districts include Avon, Berlin, Bolton, Canton, Cromwell, East Granby, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Newington, Plainville, Portland, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Suffield, Tolland, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windsor Locks.

Hartford families applying to Open Choice can select up to five (5) suburban districts within their residential zone. You may also choose “All Districts” to be considered for an available seat in any of these districts.

ZoneDistricts Offering New Seats for the 2019-2020 School YearDistrict Info
1 Avon, Canton, East Granby, Granby, Simsbury, Suffield, West Hartford Learn More
2 Bolton, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, South Windsor, Tolland, Vernon, Windsor Locks Learn More
3 Berlin, Farmington, Newington, Plainville, Southington, Wethersfield Learn More
4 Berlin, Cromwell, Glastonbury, Portland, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Learn More

District Profiles and Performance Reports

The State Department of Education maintains EdSight, an education data portal that reports on key performance measures that make up the Next Generation Accountability System, as well as dozens of other topics, including school finance, special education, staffing levels and school enrollment. Visit EdSight now.

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My Student is a Non-Hartford Resident

Suburban resident students entering grades K-12 can apply to attend a themed Hartford Public School through the Open Choice program (these schools are not magnets schools). If your child is placed in the Hartford district, and you remain a suburban resident, he/she can continue in the Hartford public school system until high school graduation. You may have to submit a RSCO application when your child enters the terminal grade at his/her school. To remain eligible the student(s) must remain a Connecticut, non-Hartford resident.

Non-Hartford families can select to up to five (5) Hartford public non-magnet schools.

Participating Hartford Public Schools for the 2018-2019 School Year
(non-magnet schools)

Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School
101 Catherine Street, Hartford
Kindergarten to Grade 5

Global Communications Academy
85 Edwards Street, Hartford
Kindergarten to Grade 12

Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy
110 Washington Street, Hartford
Grades 4 to 8

Hartford Public High School
55 Forest Street, Hartford
Grades 9 to 12

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