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Understanding the Choices

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 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.