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Placement & Registration

After the Office of School Choice Runs the Lottery

1. Placement notification will be sent by mail and/or email during the month of May 2018.

2. Parent/Guardians must accept/decline the placement by doing one of the following:

  • Go online to https://hpschoice.com/apply to accept or decline placement. Notification of acceptance or decline will be sent via email.
  • OR Complete and return the placement response form that you received by mail by the date specified in your letter and return to:

    Hartford Public Schools
    Office of School Choice
    960 Main Street, 9th Floor
    Hartford, CT 06103


3. Parent/Guardians must register at the new school in which the child received placement. To register, parents should be prepared to bring the following documents:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Photo identification of parent/guardian and  legal guardianship document (if applicable)
  3. Proof of Hartford residency (utility bill or lease/rental agreement)
  4. Updated physical exam form (blue form) & Immunization records


Magnet Schools and the Open Choice program is a separate lottery run by the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO). A placement may be offered at a Magnet school or a non-district school through the Open Choice program in addition to the Hartford District school placement offer.

  • If you received an offer by RSCO and you do intend on accepting this placement you must decline the Hartford District school placement offered by the HPS Choice Office.
  • If you received an offer by RSCO and you do not intend on accepting this placement you must accept the Hartford District school placement offered by the HPS Choice Office.
  • If you have already accepted your Hartford District school placement but will enroll in the magnet or a non-district school through the Open Choice program, please contact the Office of School Choice at 860.695.8876 and request a change to your placement status. 

  • If your child was placed on the RSCO magnet or Open Choice waitlist and was placed in a Hartford District School you should accept the placement at the Hartford District school offered by HPS Choice Office. The RSCO's placement is not guaranteed. If you do not accept your placement in the Hartford school your child will be considered as not requiring a "seat" at the district school. If it is later determined that placement is needed at a Hartford District School, your child will be placed at a school with available seats which may not be the school assigned by the lottery.