Open Choice Office
“The Project Concern/Open Choice program made me successful because it allowed me to see the world outside of the projects. Open Choice has meant a better chance to succeed in life for me and my family. I am proud to be an alumnus because I am a more diverse and eclectic person being open minded to this ever changing world. Without participating in the program, I would never have probably made it through to a 26+ year military retirement and on to owning my own business.”
- Project Concern Alumnus
Class of 1982
Interested in Open Choice?
RSCO Lottery Information
The 2017-2018 Late Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) lottery application is now open. Families interested in applying to may submit a late application for select schools now until July 31st.
Thank you for your interest in the Hartford Region Open Choice Program. Select a topic of interest below to learn more.
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.
- All current families, who desire an Open Choice placement, must submit a RSCO lottery application by February 28, 2017 at choiceeducation.org.
- If the sibling receives a placement offer, you must follow all RSCO instructions and respond by the deadline or the student may lose his/her seat.
If you have applied or plan to apply to Open Choice for a sibling and want him/her to receive a sibling preference for the 2017-2018 school year, please notify our office by completing the Open Choice Sibling Preference Information Form here: (English) (Spanish).
Selecting Only Open Choice Preference
RSCO lottery applicants who select only the Open Choice Program (i.e., no magnet schools were selected) on the RSCO lottery application receive a placement preference if seats are available.
How to Apply
Important Information to Know Before Applying
- The RSCO application process begins November 1, 2016 and ends on February 28, 2017.
- Where seats are available, applicants who only selected Open Choice (i.e., no magnet schools were selected) will receive a placement preference. This option is highly recommended for our kindergarten applicants as 100% of our kindergarten applicants received a placement in our previous lottery season.
- The majority of new Open Choice seats are offered in grades PK4, kindergarten, 1 and 2.
- 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.
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.
More than 2,200 students attend 140 schools in 28 districts. The Hartford Region Open Choice districts include Avon, Berlin, Bolton, Bristol, Canton, Cromwell, East Granby, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Newington, Plainville, Portland, Region 10, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Suffield, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, 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.
|Zone||Districts Offering New Seats for the 2017-2018 School Year||Brochure|
|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
*New for 2016
|3||Berlin, Farmington, Newington, Plainville, Southington, West Hartford, Wethersfield||Learn More|
|4||Berlin, Cromwell, Glastonbury, Newington, Portland, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield||Learn More|
My Student is a Suburban Resident
Suburban resident students in grades PK3-12, who are interested in attending a themed Hartford Public School, are eligible to apply to Open Choice (these schools are not magnets schools). If your child is placed in the Hartford district, and you remain a suburban resident, he/she will continue in that school system until high school graduation. However, you may be required to submit a RSCO application in order to receive a preference to continue on to a Hartford public themed, non-magnet high 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 in order of preference.
|Participating Hartford Public Schools for the 2017-2018 School Year|
Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School
Global Communications Academy
Sara J. Rawson Elementary School
Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy
Hartford Public High School’s
Hartford Public High School’s
Hartford Public High School’s
High School, Inc.
Journalism & Media Academy