Learn more by attending a School Choice fair or a school-specific Open House.
My son has attended Reggio since he was 2yrs old. Because of the curriculum, we see such great achievement and success of Tanner now a second grader. Communication is awesome with staff members and the security when your child is away is heartwarming.
I love that the teachers and administrative staff care about the students. With so many opportunities to engage with students from abroad, my daughter Trinitee hosted a student from China and traveled to Puerto Rica to volunteer to assist people who needed help during hurricane Maria. This past summer my son went on a school trip to Belize where he was able to spend time volunteering at an orphanage. All of these opportunities came their way because they were CREC students at the Academy of International Studies.
While our home district has wonderful options, we did find that the regional magnet system would provide a broadened world perspective and diversity of student body, opinion and experiences for our child. In addition, we were appreciative that the CREC system provides opportunities for students who are willing to be engaged, along with their families, to experience a wide range of choices for in class and out of class learning. We found that CREC provided individualized attention within a comfortable community to allow students to follow a path from elementary school through secondary school suiting their particular needs and varied interests. Throughout her journey through the CREC schools our daughter has developed as a student and an active participant in extra curricular activities and athletics within an incredibly supportive community, with committed teachers and an inclusive student body and great friendships. It has given her a solid base of learning plus many tools to navigate an increasingly complex and internationally focused world where she can truly become an engaged global citizen.
The Academy of the Arts truly was a safe space for me to start to hone in on something I knew I was passionate about. It was the place where my confidence was birthed and was nurtured by all of my teachers’ valuable insight. It was also an amazing transition into college where I acquired the tools, experience, and most importantly DISCIPLINE to be where I am today: a professional vocalist on cruise ships traveling the seven seas.
You must be a Connecticut resident to apply to a magnet school. Applications are accepted for students entering PreK-3 through Grade 11.
Applicants must be 3, 4, or 5 years old by September 1 of the school year, if their family intends to apply for PreK-3, PreK-4, or Kindergarten, respectively.
CREC is one of five partners that manage and operate magnet schools across the Hartford region. CREC Schools are comprised of 16 magnet schools and two magnet programs, all with a unique themes.
Yes, CREC’s secondary schools (grades 6-12) offer interscholastic athletic programming. Offerings include cross country, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, indoor track, baseball, softball, indoor track, as well as football for students enrolled in 9th through 12th grade who attend the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, Academy of International Studies, or Academy of Computer Science and Engineering.
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