Apply to School Choice

There is still time to Apply! The Late Application is Open!

 

After exploring what RSCO has to offer, get started on your child’s application! RSCO’s new on-line application platform has made applying easier for everyone!

If you need help, please contact us for assistance. We have plenty of resources available to assist you through the process!

 

Apply! Learn More

RSCO Placements Updates for Magnets and Open Choice

RSCO will continue to email families who applicated to magnet schools and/or the Open Choice Program with placement information and new information about the RSCO placement process. Please continue to monitor your email and this website for time-sensitive information.

RSCO Placement Announcements for CTECS:
Placement notifications are coming soon for families who applied to CTECS schools through the RSCO School Choice application by February 28, 2022. Please continue to monitor your email and this website for updates.

How to Submit an Application

Using the new RSCO School Choice Application, you can apply online to multiple schools and programs through one Guardian account. Make sure to carefully make your school/district selections. Selecting more than one school/district will increase the chance of receiving a placement but be sure to only select those schools and districts your child is willing to attend.

  1. Access the RSCO Online Application
  2. Use your account from last school year or set up at new account
  3. Complete or update your Guardian Profile
  4. Complete a Family Profile
  5. Create a separate profile for each child whether or not they are applying for the 2022-23 school year to make sure we capture all of your priorities
  6. For each child applying, select schools and programs that fit their interests and skills
  7. Complete and submit an application for each child by February 28, 2022. for the on-time period or between March 1, 2022 and September 15, 2022 for the late application period. Applying during the on-time application period increases your chances of a placement

Resource: How to Apply Guidebook

Important Dates

 

Application Periods
  • Late Application is now available from March 1, 2022 through  September 15, 2022. If you missed the on-time application deadline, you still have the opportunity to submit a late application. Be sure to get your application in as soon as possible during the late application period.  

  • On-Time Application period: November 12, 2021 through February 28, 2022.

  • Early Application period for the Hartford Area Connecticut Technical High Schools: November 12, 2021 through January 10, 2022.

Placement Announcements

RSCO will continue to send placement offers through the spring (May, June) and summer (July, August) months based on availability. Families may receive Open Choice placement offers through Novemeber. Please monitor your email and ChoiceEducation.org for updates.

PK-3, PK-4, and Kindergarten Age Requirements for the 2022-23 School Year

  • PK3 (Prekindergarten Age 3): Child was born between September 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019;
  • PK4 (Prekindergarten Age 4): Child was born between September 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018; or
  • Kindergarten: Child was born between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017, OR child was born between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016, and has no previous schooling.

Common questions to consider when applying

Q: Do I have to complete the application all at once or can I save and return to it at a later time?

A: With our new application, you can start the application and then go back into the application at a later time! You do not have to finish it all at one time, but remember to submit it by February 28, 2022 for the on-time period or as early as possible between March 1, 2022 and September 15, 2022 for the late application period.

Q: How do I make changes to my application?

A: Please contact the RSCO Parent Information Center at 860-713-6960 or rsco.sde@ct.gov to change your address, telephone number and/or email address and to discuss other changes to your application.  

Q: If I applied last year and did not receive a placement, do I have to reapply this year for the 2022–23 school year?

A: Yes. All waitlists from the previous year have expired. Typically, all waitlists expire on September 30th of each school year. Therefore, families must submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year.

Q: Can I submit more than one RSCO application for my child to increase my chances of placement?

A: No, you can only submit ONE (1) RSCO School Choice application for each child, either an on-time application or a late application, but not both. If you submit multiple application for the same child, RSCO will delete the duplicate applications and will only consider the first application submitted.

Q: Do I have to submit a separate application for each of my children?

A: Yes! If you are seeking placements for more than one child, you must complete a separate application for each child under one Guardian account.

Q: How do I submit an application for siblings with the same date of birth (twins/ multiples)?

A: We try to link applications where two or more siblings share the same birthday and at least one biological parent or legal guardian. In order to group the applications together, the applications for each of the siblings (twins/ multiples) must:

  • Apply at the same time. Submit an on-time application (November 12, 2021 to February 28, 2022) or late (March 1 to September 15, 2022);
  • Apply for the same grade level and the same schools; and
  • Select the exact schools or districts in the exact same rank order of preference starting with the first choice.

Although every effort is made to link twin/multiple applications, placement at a school or program for twins/multiples does not always occur. As always, placements vary by school and program and depend on seat availability.

Q: Is there a placement advantage to applying early?

A: There are no placement advantages to applying early! As long as you apply by February 28, 2022, your application is on time. The only exception to this general rule is the CTECS early application deadline of January 10, 2022 for students entering the 9th grade who are applying to the technical high schools through RSCO and want to take advantage of the early application period.

Q: Do I have to apply to all three school choice programs (magnet schools, open choice program or CTECS schools)?

A: No. You may apply to one or all of the school choice programs that best fits the interest of your child and needs of your family but you must complete or opt-out of each program before submitting your child’s application.

Q: How many schools can I select on the application for my child?

A: The number of selections depends on the program. Use this information as a reference for your choices:

  • Magnet Schools: You may select up to five (5) schools that offer your child’s grade level. Rank the schools in order of preference.
  • Open Choice Program for Hartford Residents: Hartford residents applying to the Open Choice Program may select up to five (5) school districts in their resident zone and rank them in order of preference.
  • Open Choice Program for Suburban Residents: Open Choice provides opportunities at specific programs in a limited number of schools. Applicants may select the schools that serve their grade level and rank them in order of preference. Typically, there are less than five schools available for the various grade levels.
  • Connecticut Technical High Schools: Applicants entering 9th grade can apply to A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford, E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain, and Howell Cheney Technical High School in Manchester through the RSCO application. Applicants apply to all three schools as a region and must rank them in order of preference.

Q: What are my chances of receiving a placement offer if I submit a late application?

A: If you missed the on-time deadline, we encourage families to apply during the late application period because, as in previous years, we will send placement offers to families with late applications as seats become available.

Open Choice Program: Important information about address change

  • An applicant who moves out of Hartford is no longer eligible to attend Open Choice schools in districts outside of Hartford.
  • An applicant who moves into Hartford is no longer eligible to attend Open Choice schools in Hartford.

Other important information to keep in mind when you are completing the application

  • Agreement Statement: Families must confirm that all information provided on the application is true and accurate before submitting the application.
  • Survey: Families must answer brief survey questions about your interest in school choice, how you heard about RSCO, and where or how you completed the application.
  • Review your application: After you complete all parts of the application, you will be able to review your school and program selections. Please make sure to review all of the information before selecting Submit as your final step.
  • Final Step — Application Submitted: After selecting “Submit,” check the Dashboard to confirm that your application has been submitted. Make sure to submit your application! We cannot consider applications that are not submitted.

Demand under the Sheff Settlement

The State of Connecticut and the State Department of Education (SDE) are committed to meeting the demand of students in the Greater Hartford Region who want an integrated educational experience that reflects the real world. At the most basic level, this means that the State believes that students who wish to have an integrated educational experience should have one. There is a court decision by the Supreme Court of Connecticut that specifically focuses on the opportunity for Hartford-resident minority students to access an integrated educational experience. The State recently completed a plan in this case, known as the Comprehensive School Choice Plan (CCP) in which the State committed to meeting this demand by Hartford-resident minority students for an integrated educational experience on a very specific schedule and as defined in a specific way. This CCP has been approved by the Connecticut General Assembly and by a Connecticut court and is therefore enforceable as a legal obligation on the part of the State. Information about demand will help guide the State in managing the school choice system now and in the future.

An important part of the process of meeting demand for this type of educational opportunity is counting the number of Hartford-resident minority students who wish to have an integrated educational experience. It is this count that helps the State plan for building capacity at RSCO schools and programs. This is a planning tool and not a guarantee about offers. We want to emphasize here exactly what is required in the application process in order for an applicant to be included in the State calculation of demand for this type of educational opportunity for transparency. Based on the terms of the CCP, in order to be included in the State calculation of demand, a Hartford-resident minority student applying to schools through the RSCO process must select one of the following options: (1) at least 1 magnet school plus Open Choice or CTECS; (2) Open Choice and/or CTECS and no magnet schools; or (3) if applying only to magnet schools, at least 2 such schools.

We want to make clear, however, that the above requirements are only for the SDE purposes of calculating exactly how many Hartford-resident minority students wish to have an integrated educational experience for planning capacity in the school choice system and does not affect individual applications or placement offers. Applicants who make their school selections based on individual choices that do not fit within the demand definition will not be affected in any way and will remain eligible to be placed in schools through the RSCO application and placement process. Calculating demand is for planning purposes only and does not affect individual applicants.