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2019-20 Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) School Choice Application Deadline Is February 28

Final week to submit on-time 2019-20 school choice application, Upcoming application assistance sessions and events

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) would like to remind parents, grandparents and guardians of children entering prekindergarten through grade 12 that the final week to submit an on-time school choice application for the 2019-20 academic year is next week.

About RSCO 2019-20 Application Period:

  • The 2019-20 school choice application period opened on Thursday, November 1, 2018 and closes on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Applications are not first-come, first-serve.
  • Connecticut residents from Hartford and surrounding suburban areas may apply to approximately 50 available school choice options including those with specialized magnet themes.
  • The Hartford Region Open Choice Program is another option on the school choice application. Hartford residents apply to attend a regional district, non-magnet school. Non-Hartford residents apply to attend a Hartford district non-magnet-themed school beginning in kindergarten.
  • The largest numbers of available seats tend to be in transition grades, particularly Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 9.
  • RSCO partners include: the Capitol Region Education Council; Hartford Public Schools’ Host Magnet Program; the Hartford Region Open Choice Program; Goodwin College’s Riverside Magnet School and Connecticut River Academy; Bloomfield Public Schools’ Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School and Global Experience Magnet School and East Hartford Public Schools’ Connecticut IB Academy.

“During the application period, I encourage you to gather as much information as possible about the variety of school options that may best suit your child,” said Glen Peterson, RSCO’s Division Director. Make an informed decision by attending school events, school choice information sessions, open houses and if you need assistance with your application attend one of the remaining RSCO application assistance sessions where staff can guide you.”

The Connecticut State Department of Education manages the RSCO school choice application process for the greater Hartford region. For more information on school events, information sessions, open houses and to apply online, visit RSCO’s Web site at http://www.choiceeducation.org. Families seeking school choice application assistance can take advantage of the following resources, available in English and Spanish: 

  • RSCO’s Parent Information Center (450 Columbus Blvd., Plaza Level, Hartford; 860-713-6990): call or visit weekdays (excluding state holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.;
  • Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) Central Office (111 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford; 860-

    509-3700): call or visit weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and

  • Hartford Public Schools (HPS) Welcome Center (960 Main St., 1st Floor, Hartford; 860-695-8400):

call or visit weekdays for application assistance between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Information on additional RSCO school choice application assistance sessions and events:

2019 Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) Application Assistance Sessions & Events

Location and address

Women’s League

Child Development


1695 Main Street,


Blue Hills Civic


Training Center

1229 Albany

Avenue, First Floor,


Hartford Public




1750 Main Street,


Hartford Public

Library, Barbour


261 Barbour Street,


Date and time


February 20

8:00 am – 11:00 am 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm snowdate: Thursday February 21-same times


February 20

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


February 27

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


February 21

Dinner with the

Girl Scouts

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


February 27

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Hartford Public Library, Downtown 500 Main Street, Hartford

(Asistencia en español disponible)

Saturday, February 23 9:30 am – 5:00 pm -Lunch with the Girl Scouts- 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Sunday, February 24, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm -Baby Grand Jazz Performance -3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monday, February 25, 9:30 am – 8:00 pm - Multicultural Dinner and A Story -6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 am – 8:00 pm -Activities for Young Children -11:00 am - 12:30 pm Thursday, February 28, 9:30 am – 8:00 pm –Final Deadline Date.



The Connecticut State Department of Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. The Connecticut State Department of Education does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. The

Connecticut State Department of Education does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding the Connecticut State Department of Education's nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: Levy Gillespie, Equal Employment Opportunity Director/American with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Connecticut State Department of Education, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 607, CT 06103, 860-807-2071. Levy.Gillespie@ct.gov

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