Choices for Hartford Residents

Hartford Region Open Choice Program
(Formerly Project Concern)

The Open Choice program offers students who live in Hartford, entering PK4 through grade 10, the opportunity to attend a non-magnet public school outside of Hartford. Open Choice is free, and transportation is provided.

Not sure of your zone? Click here for a detailed street map 

Hartford residents who apply to Open Choice can select up to five towns assigned to their residential zone. Click your zone below to see towns you can select.

Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Helpful Hints
  • The majority of new Open Choice seats are offered in PK4, Kindergarten, grades 1 and 2.
  • If you select Open Choice on your application, you can select as many as five suburban districts within your residential  zone.
  • You can also choose “All Districts”, which means you are willing to consider an available placement in a district you did not select.
What to Expect as Part of the Open Choice Program
  • Able to place multiple applicant siblings in the first year of placements, if seats are available.
  • Once enrolled, there is no need to reapply each year. Your child is enrolled through high school graduation but must remain a Hartford resident.
  • Prepares children for the workforce by learning from and interacting with students from different backgrounds.
  • Students will be placed at a school outside of his or her home district, having the best of both worlds. This means new experiences with new people without having to move.

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 Preschools and Elementary Schools

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
  • Competitive Interscholastic Athletics is offered at most our middle and high schools.
  • 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.
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