School Choice

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  • Apply to a School Choice Program

    The Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) commitment to public school choice is evident in the different types of public school choice programming available statewide.

  • Bureau of Choice Programs

    School Choice programs and interdistrict magnet schools are designed to attract students from different school districts to learn together in settings that offer unique, high-quality, themed educational opportunities.

  • Charter Schools

    Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are run independently of the school district and may also have a specialized focus. Charters are granted by the State Board of Education and schools may enroll students in Grades PK-12 as established in their charters.

  • Connecticut School Choice

    The Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) commitment to public school choice is evident in the five different types of public school choice programming available statewide.

  • Explore Your Choices

    Connecticut public school choice programs are an opportunity to raise student achievement and reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation. Explore your choices by finding a school or district program.

  • Public School Choice In Connecticut 

    Information on the five different types of public school choices available statewide.

  • RSCO Transportation Overview

    The Regional School Choice Office (RSCO), a collaboration of the State Department of Education (SDE), the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), and the Hartford Public Schools (HPS), operates the regional transportation system that serves the Greater Hartford regional school choice programs: Hartford Region Open Choice; interdistrict magnet schools operated by HPS, CREC, Goodwin College, Bloomfield Public Schools, and East Hartford Public Schools; select Connecticut technical high schools; and the Suffield Regional Agriscience Center.

  • What is School Choice?

    The term “school choice” means parents have an additional opportunity to choose the schools their child will attend for an elementary and secondary education. Based on both state and federal laws, Connecticut public school choice programs are an opportunity to raise student achievement and to “reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation” as described in the 1997 Enhancing Education Choices and Opportunities Act (Public Act 97-290).