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Choices for Non-Hartford Residents

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CREC Magnet Schools

Choose from CREC’s 17 award-winning magnet schools, which are located in state-of-the-art facilities and have the latest technology, prepare students for college, and have high student achievement. Join 8,300 students from more than 85 Connecticut towns who have chosen a CREC education.

Choose CREC and provide your child with a themed-based curriculum that allows students to develop their talents and interests in diverse learning communities and participate in real-world experiences that enhance their daily learning.

A CREC Education is Waiting For You at One of the Following Schools

CREC Elementary Schools (PreK-5)

Per Connecticut General Statutes, families of newly enrolled preschool students whose family income is above 75% of the state median income (SMI) will be required to pay a tuition fee for the school year. The fee for preschool students will be determined annually, but will not exceed $4,000 per child. Families whose income is at or below 75% of the state median income will not be required to pay tuition. For more information about preschool tuition, please review the Frequently Asked Questions document.

CREC Middle and High Schools

What to Expect at a CREC Magnet School

  • Diverse learning communities
  • State-of-the-art facilities that provide the latest technology and resources to all students
  • Quality early childhood programming for 3- and 4-year-olds and kindergarten students
  • Interscholastic middle and high school athletic program
  • Advanced Placement and early college opportunities
  • Attending a school outside of your home district to help prepare your child for real-world experiences by learning from, and interacting with, students from different backgrounds
  • Longer bus rides (between 1 and 2 hours each way). Learn to use the time wisely! For example, do homework, read, or take a nap on the bus.
  • Competitive Interscholastic Athletics is offered at most our middle and high schools.

Open Choice Program

The Open Choice program offers students who live outside of Hartford the opportunity to attend a non-magnet Hartford public school. Transportation is provided for all students.

The non-magnet Hartford public schools available to suburban residents who choose Open Choice are:

  • Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School (K-5)
  • Global Communications Academy (K-12)
  • Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy (4-8)

Although the school name may have “Academy” listed, these are regular public schools and you can select as many as five schools in which you would be willing to accept a seat.

What to Expect as Part of the Open Choice Program

  • Once enrolled, you can continue in the Hartford public school system until high school graduation. You will have to reapply in order to transition to the next school.
  • Students will be placed at a school outside of his or her home district, but that means new experiences with new people without having to move.
  • Longer bus rides (between 60 to 90 minutes each way). Learn to use time wisely! For example, do homework, read, or take a nap on the bus.