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Hartford Region Open Choice Program

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The Hartford Region Open Choice Program (Open Choice) offers public school students in Hartford the opportunity to attend non-magnet public schools in suburban towns, and public school students in suburban communities the opportunity to attend public schools in Hartford, at no cost to the student's family.

Participation in the Open Choice program is voluntary. Students must complete and submit an application available through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) during RSCO's lottery application period.

Currently, the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) manages the program for approximately 2,000 Open Choice students who attend school in 28 suburban towns and Hartford. 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. The suburban districts and Hartford offer seats in their elementary, middle and high schools.

The program is open to children who will begin PK4 (Prekindergarten, Age 4) in school year 2014-2015 (age 4 by December 31 of the school year), and children entering Grades K–12 who are currently enrolled in public schools.

Based on which Hartford public school zone (see chart below) you reside in you may select up to five (5) districts in that zone and/or select the “All Districts” option. Applicants must rank order the districts, with the option of “All Zones” as the final selection if they choose it. Selection of “All Districts” will allow the applicant to be placed in any district where a seat is available. Applicants may also choose “All Districts” as their only choice.

If you do not know what zone you reside in, please:
- Refer to RSCO's school and program options map


Hartford students residing
in the zone below may
select from the suburban
public school districts listed
on the right.

District Name

Zone 1

Avon, Canton, East Granby, Granby,
Simsbury, West Hartford

Zone 2

Bolton, East Granby, East Windsor,
Ellington, Enfield, Somers,
South Windsor, Suffield, Vernon,
Windsor Locks

Zone 3

Berlin, Farmington, Glastonbury,
Newington, Plainville, Southington,
West Hartford, Wethersfield

Zone 4

Berlin, Cromwell, Glastonbury,
Newington, Portland, Rocky Hill,

All Districts

Any Suburban Public School District
may be selected as an option.


The majority of Open Choice graduates attends post-secondary education programs, including four-year colleges.

Transportation is provided at no cost to families who live in Hartford. There are also transportation options available for suburban students who attend Hartford schools.

The Open Choice Program serves all public school students, including gifted and talented, English language learners, and students receiving special education services.

Open Choice students come from diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Once your child is accepted into the Open Choice program, your child can remain in the program until s/he graduates from high school. However, if you are a Hartford resident and you move out of Hartford, your child will no longer be eligible to participate in the program. If you are a suburban resident and you move, your child may not be able to participate, depending on where you move.


Parents of children in Open Choice want them to have the best possible education, and family involvement is a key factor in each child's success. Our multi-lingual Open Choice team works closely with school districts to help support students and their families. Together, we can help your child participate in a rewarding educational experience that will prepare them for a bright future.


Hartford residents entering PreK4 through 10th grade may apply and suburban residents entering PreK3 through 12th may apply.

Open Choice applicants are placed into schools through the RSCO lottery. Eligible students with a sibling enrolled in the program are given preference in the lottery for the town in which their sibling attends school. Applicants who only select Open Choice on the RSCO lottery application will also have a placement preference.

Annually, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) releases school and district performance reports, designed to inform parents and communities and provide school district leaders with information that identifies areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.

Reports currently online are collected and managed by CSDE’s Performance Office. See FAQ’s and guidance documents for more information.

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