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

This 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 Enrollment & 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. 

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


Hartford Public Schools (HPS) is committed to ensuring our families are engaged and inspired by the school options we have to offer. Our school choices include specialized district schools and theme based magnet schools; each offers a unique curriculum that prepares our students to be successful in and beyond school. Additional opportunities are offered through our partnerships with the CT State Department of Education's Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) and other educational providers.

HPS provides more educational opportunities to Hartford residents and suburban families in the Greater Hartford Region. Read below to learn more about school options and the pathways to access them!


District Schools are the designated schools for Hartford resident students and each student is guaranteed placement. These schools promote student achievement through an aligned curriculum across all grade levels and offer families the opportunity to enroll their child in a school close to home. In addition, District Schools ensure that all families have a clear direction forward, with established academic pathways within each zone from elementary to middle and through high School.

Our 18 Magnet Schools are destination schools for Hartford and suburban residents. These schools have specialized curriculum themes and curated approaches to courses, classwork, and/or teaching programming such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Montessori, Performing Arts, Sports Medicine, and Social Justice. Magnet Schools attract children of various socio-economic backgrounds, race and academic achievement levels. Due to high demand, student placement is determined by a lottery system.   For more information visit

Open Choice offers Hartford students the opportunity to attend public schools in suburban districts in the Greater Hartford area. In addition, suburban students have the opportunity to attend select HPS District Schools. For more information visit

(A.I. Prince Technical High School, E.C. Goodwin Technical High School, and Howell Cheney Technical High School)
Technical high schools combine core academics and career/technical education to prepare students for immediate employment, apprenticeship programs, and college and career opportunities. For more information visit

Charter Schools are independently designed and operated schools that follow their own state-approved charter. Hartford Public Schools has a partnership with Achievement First Charter School and administers the application process for admission to their charter schools in Hartford. For more information visit

List of schools offered through the Hartford District Choice Application

District Schools    
School Name  Grades  Zone 
Elementary Schools    
Burns Latino Studies Academy  K - 5
Dwight-Bellizzi Dual Language Academy  PK4 - 8
Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan PK4 - 5
Global Communications Academy K - 8
Kennelly School   PK4 - 8
M.D. Fox School   PK4 - 5
Naylor School   PK4 - 5
Parkville School   PK4 - 5
Rawson School   PK4 - 5
Sanchez School   PK4 - 5
SAND School   PK4 - 5
West Middle School  PK4 - 5
Wish School  PK4 - 5
Middle Schools    
Burr Middle School   6 - 8 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School   6 - 8 
McDonough Middle School   6 - 8 
Milner Middle School   6 - 8 
High Schools    
Bulkeley High School   9 - 12 
Hartford Public High School   9 - 12 
Weaver High School   9 - 12  1  & 2



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





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If you are submitting a Hartford District Choice application, you made it!
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to apply. 

If you are looking into other options such as Hartford magnet or open choice please visit