Coming Soon! Watch for the RSCO's on-line application for the 2023-24 school year in December 2022!

Important Dates for the 2023-2024 School Year Application
  • On-Time Application period begins December 5, 2022 and ends February 28, 2023.
  • The Early Application period for the Hartford Area Connecticut Technical High Schools begins on December 5, 2022 and ends on January 13, 2023. 
  • The Late Application is available from March 15, 2022 through September 15, 2023. 

2022-23 School Year Application and Placements

The 2022-23 RSCO School Choice Application has closed and is no longer accepting new applications. 

Placements

  • Magnet and CTECS: RSCO is no longer sending CTECS or magnet school placement offers for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Open Choice Program - Hartford Residents: RSCO will continue to make placement offers for the 2022-23 school year through November 30, 2022 to Hartford residents who applied to the Open Choice Program. Families will be notified via email or text messaging of a placement offer if seats become available. 
    • If your child receives a placement notification, please be sure to Accept the offer by the deadline indicated in the notification. Please check your RSCO account often for updates on placement notifications. 

Apply to School Choice

The new application platform is being enhanced to make applying even easier. To get ready for the new application, start exploring your options now and be sure to check back often for updates. 

How to submit a RSCO School Choice Application

Using the new RSCO School Choice Application, you can apply online to multiple schools and program through one Guardian account. Carefully research each school or district opportunity before submitting your application. Most applicants are only eligible for one placement offer. While selecting more than one school/district will increase the chance of receiving a placement, be sure to only select schools and districts your child is willing to attend. 

  1. Access the RSCO Online Application
  2. Use your account from last school year if you are a returning student or set up a new account if you are applying for the first time
  3. Complete and update your Guardian Profile
  4. Complete a Family Profile
  5. Create a separate profile for each child applying for the 2023-24 school year
  6. Answer the enrolled sibling, staff, and alumni priorities questions
  7. For each child applying, select schools and programs that fit their interests and skills
  8. Complete and submit an application for each child and for each program you are interested in (magnet, Open Choice, technical high schools) by February 28, 2023 for the on-time period or between March 15, 2023 and September 15, 2023 for the late application period. Applying during the on-time application period increases your chances of a placement. 

PK3, PK4, and Kindergarten Age Requirements for the 2023-24 School Year

  • PK3 (Prekindergarten Age 3): Child was born between September 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020;
  • PK4 (Prekindergarten Age 4): Child was born between September 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019;
  • Kindergarten: Child was born between September 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018 or child was born between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, and has no previous schooling. 

Common Questions to Consider when Applying

  1. Do I have to complete the application all at once or can I save and return to it at a later time? 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, 2023 for the on-time period or as early as possible between March 15, 2023 and September 15, 2023 for the late application period.
  2. If I applied last year and did not receive a placement, do I have to reapply this year for the 2023-24 school year? Yes. All waitlists from previous years have expired. Typically, all waitlists expire on September 30 of each school year. Therefore, families must submit a new application for the 2023-24 school year. 
  3. Can I submit more than one RSCO application for my child to increase my chances of placement? 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 applications for the same child, RSCO will delete the duplicate applications and will only consider the first application submitted. If you have questions about making changes to your application, please contact RSCO at 860-713-6990 or rsco.sde@ct.gov
  4. Do I have to submit a separate application for each of my children? Yes! If you are seeking placements for more than one child, you must complete a separate application for each child under one Guardian account. 
  5. How do I submit an application for siblings with the same date of birth (twins/multiples)? 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 application of each of the siblings (twins/multiples) must follow these basic rules:
    • Apply at the same time. Submit an on-time application (December 5, 2022 to February 28, 2023) or late (March 15, 2023 to September 15, 2023) for the twins/multiples;
    • Apply for the same grade level; 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 twins/multiples' 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.
  6. Is there a  placement advantage to applying early? There are no placement advantages to applying early! As long as you apply by February 28, 2023, your application is on time. The only exception to the rule is the CTECS early application deadline of January 13, 2023 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. 
  7. Do I have to apply to all three school choice programs (magnet schools, open choice program or CTECS schools)? No. You may apply to one or all of the school choice programs that best fit 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.
  8. How many schools can I select on the application for my child? 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 based on their resident zone and rank them in order preference.
    • Open Choice Program for non-Hartford 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 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. 
  9. What are my chances of receiving a placement offer if I submit a late application? If you missed the on-time deadline, we encourage families to apply during the late application period.  As in previous years, we will send placement offers to families with late applications as seats become available. After the first round of placements, families will be able to view an indicator that shows the likelihood of receiving a placement. 

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. 

Additional Application Information

  • 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 for each program you are applying to (magnet schools, Open Choice and/or CTECS).
  • Final Step - Submit Application: After selecting "Submit" for each program you are interested in (magnet  schools, Open Choice, CTECS) check your student details page to confirm that your application has been submitted for each program. Make sure to submit your application for each program! RSCO 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 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 the count that helps the State plan for building capacity at RSCO schools and program. 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 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 the individual choices that do not fit within the demand definition will not be affected in anyway 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.