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Registration Process for New Open Choice Students

Welcome new Open Choice Families! You are joining over 2,300 dedicated and engaged parents and students who are committed to academic excellence, diversity, inclusion, and community.

STEP 1: Document Gathering

Now that you have accepted your Open Choice placement, gather the required documents listed below. You will need them to complete both the Open Choice and district registrations.

Document 1: Proof of Guardianship

One of the following documents to prove you are the student’s legal guardian.

If you are a parent of the student:

  • Driver’s License or State Issued Identification
  • Birth Certificate

If you are a legal guardian:

  • Driver’s License of State Issued Identification
  • Court Document indicating custody or guardianship

If you are a state appointed custodian:

  • State Agency Issued Work Identification
  • DCF Notification Document (i.e. DCF 603 Form)

Document 2: Proof of Age

One of the following documents to confirm the student’s age:

  • Birth Certificate (the long form)
  • Passport
  • Immunization Records if birth certificate or passport is not available

Documents 3, 4, and 5: Proof of Residency

One of the following primary documents in the name of the Parent/Guardian(s):

  • Current mortgage statement
  • Current lease agreement* (You may need to provide landlord name and phone number)

— AND —

Two the following secondary documents in the name of the Parent/Guardian(s) with matching addresses:

  • Current bill (cable or phone)
  • Current pay stub
  • Current proof of government benefits

Please note: Your district may require additional documents.

* If the parent/guardian is unable to provide proof of residency due to living with family member or friend, a Certification of Residency Form must be completed and notarized by both parties. Also a proof of residency document must be provided by the Hartford resident.

While school offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask you to complete the form and provide the outlined documentation. You will be asked to have the form notarized once offices reopen.

STEP 2: Open Choice Registration

After you accepted your placement, you should have received a welcome email from Open Choice within 48 hours. After you gather the documents listed in Step 1, click on the link in your welcome email to complete the Open Choice online registration. If you have any questions or need assistance, email us at

STEP 3: District Registration

After you complete the Open Choice registration you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to begin the district registration. Click on the link in the email, select your new school district, save the registrar’s name and email, and then click on the link to visit the district’s registration web page. If you have any questions, please contact the school/district registrar.

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