Learn MoreThe 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 following are the different school choice opportunities available to Hartford families:
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 SmarterHartford.org 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.
List of schools offered through the District Lottery Application