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The Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice manages and oversees the marketing, recruitment, and application process for all Hartford Public Schools. The Choice Office conducts the Hartford District Choice Lottery for the Hartford Public Schools.

The Choice Office works in collaboration with the Hartford Public School's Welcome Center and various community partners such as Hartford Public Library to ensure that families understand the school selection process and know the district school options.

In addition, the Office of School Choice works closely with the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) to ensure Hartford families are well-informed of all available school options and lottery application processes. To view the schedule of events/fairs click here.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the Office of School Choice.

Understanding the School Selection Options

The most important thing to understand about school choice in Hartford is that all the participating schools are tuition free public schools with open enrollment.
The following are the different school choice opportunities available to Hartford families:
  • District/Neighborhood schools
  • Theme-Based Academies
  • Charter schools
  • Magnet schools
  • Open Choice (public schools outside of Hartford)

District/Neighborhood Schools are schools located in the same zone as where the student lives. Hartford has four school zones; if you are unsure what zone you live in, please visit to find your home zone. Parents should note that choosing an out-of-zone school may affect availability of school transportation. Review the transportation guidelines to verify if your child is eligible for transportation. 

Theme-Based Academies have a particular educational focus. 

Charter Schools are independently-designed and operated schools that follow their own state-approved charter. They may be operated by organizations that operate schools in other cities or states. Each charter school have its own admission process; however all are tuition-free and have open enrollment. This program is administered in conjunction with Hartford Public Schools.

Magnet Schools have a separate application process that is administered by the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO). If you are interested in this option, please click here for the RSCO link.

Open Choice allows Hartford students to enroll in another neighboring city/town district public school. This program has its own application process and is administered by the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO). If you are interested in this option, please click here for the RSCO link


List of schools offered through the District Lottery Application

District/Neighborhood Schools    
School Name  Grades  Zone 
Elementary Schools    
Bellizzi School  PK4 - 8 
Burr School   PK4 - 8 
Kennelly School   PK4 - 8 
M.D. Fox School   PK4 - 8 
Naylor School   PK4 - 8 
Rawson School   PK4 - 5 
SAND School   PK4 - 5 
West Middle School  PK4 - 8 
Wish School  PK4 - 5 
Middle Schools    
Martin Luther King, Jr. School   6 - 8 
Milner Middle School   6 - 8 
High Schools    
Bulkeley High School   9 - 12 
Weaver High School   9 - 12 


Theme Based Schools    
School Name  Grades  Zone 
 Elementary Schools    
Burns Latino Studies Academy  PK4 - 5 
Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan PK4 - 5 
Parkville School   PK4 - 5 
Sanchez School   PK4 - 5 
 Middle Schools    
McDonough Middle School  6 - 8 
 High Schools    
Academy of Engineering & Green Technology 9 - 12 
Law & Government Academy  9 - 12 
Nursing Academy  9 - 12 


Charter Schools    
School Name  Grades  Zone 
 Elementary Schools    
Achievement First Hartford Elementary  K - 4 
 Middle Schools    
Achievement First Summit  5 - 8 



Are you in the right place?

If applying to the Hartford District Choice lottery you made it! Click here to apply.  If you are looking into other options such as Hartford magnet or open choice please visit