Frequently Asked Questions

All children living in Hartford entering Pre-Kindergarten (age 4) through grade 12 are encouraged to submit a Hartford District Choice application. Children in transitional grades are required to apply. Children in non-transitional grades can also apply, however, seats are limited and placement is not guaranteed.  The Hartford District Choice application opens between November and February of every year for the following school year and families are notified of placement in late May. 

Families who move or return to Hartford must visit us in person at the Office of Enrollment & School Choice at 960 Main Street, 1st Fl., Hartford, CT  06103 to receive a school placement.

If your child was placed in a school with available seats and you wish to explore other school options for the following school year, then a Hartford District Choice application must be completed during the choice application season.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a Transitional Student?
Students entering Pre-Kindergarten (age 4), Kindergarten, and 9th grades are transitional students.

If I want my child to attend a pre-kindergarten (age 4) program, do I have to complete a lottery application?

Yes. Pre-K is considered a transitional grade and therefore an application is required. Hartford Public Schools offers Pre-Kindergarten for 4 year olds (PK-4). HPS PK-4 program is partially funded through a School Readiness Grant, and involves a weekly fee, based on household income. To qualify, a child must be 4 years of age by December 31 of the school year you are applying for.

Do I have to submit an application for Kindergarten for my 4-year-old who is currently enrolled in Pre-K4 in a Hartford district school?
If your child is currently attending PK4 in a district school in your Home Zone, you do not have to apply; s/he will remain at their current school for Kindergarten. If your child's current school is not within your Home Zone, an application should be submitted to select a school within your Home Zone to be eligible for transportation for Kindergarten.

Do I have to submit an application for 6th grade for my 5th grader attending Maria Sanchez School, Parkville Community School, or Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan
Students in the 5th grade attending Maria Sanchez School, Parkville Community School, or Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan do not have to submit a lottery application. The students will be automatically seated at McDonough Middle School for 6th grade. If a parent wishes to explore other school options, then a Hartford Choice Lottery application must be completed.>

My family is undocumented. Can my child participate in the lottery process and attend school?

All children living in the United States have the right to a free K-12 public education. Immigrant students do not need a green card, visa, passport, alien registration number, or social security number in order to register for school. Schools are required to provide undocumented immigrant students equal access to the same benefits as all students. 

What happens if my child is retained (held back) in his/her current grade?

It is important that you keep the Choice Office informed of any changes to your child's application. If you are informed that your child is being retained and you contact the office before the Lottery is conducted, your child can be entered into the Lottery with the updated grade level. Children who have been retained will generally remain at the same school.

 Other Hartford Public Schools educational resources:

OPPortunity Academy (OA) is a partnership school between the Hartford Public Schools and Our Piece of the Pie, a leading youth development agency that helps Hartford youth ages 14 to 24. Opportunity Academy is designed for students, ages 16-21, who are over-aged, under-credited and are looking for a way to accelerate credit attainment in order to graduate. OPPortunity Academy is uses a competency-based, blended learning approach in a self-paced, student-focused environment. The intake process involves 2 rounds of interviews, one individual, and one group style. If you have specific questions regarding Opportunity Academy, or want to schedule an intake interview, please call Rodney L. Powell, Principal, at (860) 761-7360 or email him at

Hartford Adult Education Center can help you whether you are thinking of participating in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes or pursuing your GED. If you have specific questions regarding Hartford Adult Education Center, call Dr. Zandralyn Gordon, Director of the Adult Education Center at (860) 695-5840 or email her at

You may contact any of the offices below if you have any specific questions pertaining to your child.


Special Education

Special Education

Department's Main Number

(860) 695-8450

Karen Russ

Executive Assistant for Special Education

(860) 695-8600

Heath Services / 504 Accommodations

Deborah Chameides

Health Services Coordinator

(860) 695-8760

Kristin Garcia

504 Compliance Manager

(860) 695-8804

Wendell Weisinger

504 Compliance Specialist

(860) 695-8797

English Language Learner

Maria Gonzalez-Aldave

District EL Coach

(860) 695-8661,

Families in Transition / Foster Care

Leslie Carrillo

Homeless & Family Service Specialist 

(860) 695-8504,

Pre-Kindergarten (PK-4)

Stacey Youmatz

District Lead Teach for Early Childhood (PreK-4)

(860) 695-8636,

Office of School Choice

(860) 695-8876, 



HPS Lottery Application Process

Placement & Registration

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