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  • Agricultural Science and Technology (ASTE)

    Agricultural Science and Technology Education (ASTE) programs serve secondary students in full- and shared- time programs. ASTE programs prepare students for college and careers in animal science, agribusiness, agricultural mechanics, aquaculture, biotechnology, food science, marine technology, natural resources, and plant science.

  • 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.

  • Apply to CT Technical High Schools (CTECS), Open Choice or Magnet Schools

    The Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) school choice application includes the Hartford Region technical high schools, the Open Choice Program and approximately 45 interdistrict magnet schools. Parents and guardians with children who reside in Connecticut at the time of application are eligible to apply.

  • 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.

  • Connecticut Technical Education and Career System

    The mission of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) is to provide a world-class, unique and rigorous learning environment for high schools students and adult learners that ensures both student academic success and trade/technology mastery and instills a zest for lifelong learning.

  • 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.

  • Guidelines for Alternative Education Settings

    These guidelines are designed to support the operation of alternative education settings (schools or programs) offered by local and regional boards of education. The purpose of the guidelines is to ensure improved program designs and greater outcomes for students in alternative education settings.

  • Homeschooling in Connecticut

    Homeschooling as an Option to Public School Education

  • Open Choice Programs

    The Open Choice program allows urban students to attend public schools in nearby suburban towns.

  • Public School Choice In Connecticut 

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

  • Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) Home Page

    Welcome to ChoiceEducation.org! The Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) was created in partnership with operator districts to manage the Open Choice and magnet school choice process in response to the Milo Sheff, et al. v. William O’Neill, et al case and the decision in 1997.

  • 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.

  • RSCO Zone Transportation

    RSCO operates a regional transportation system that serves the Greater Hartford regional school choice programs which offers various options, including traditional school bus transport, vans, public bus passes, and parent stipends, where appropriate.