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CSDE Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) Hosts Final School Choice Info Fair for 2019-20 Applicants

On January 26, Last School Choice Fair of 2019-20 Application Season to Feature Programming for Grades Pre-K to 12

(HARTFORD) – The Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) invites parents, grandparents and guardians of children entering Grades Pre-K through 12 to attend the second regional school choice information fair of the 2019-20 application season. During the event, prospective students and their families will be able to explore the many great educational opportunities available within Greater Hartford by speaking with school choice representatives, staff and families that work at or attend a Hartford region magnet school or Open Choice Program.

Event: Winter Regional School Choice Fair for the 2019-20 application season hosted by CSDE RSCO and partners will provide information for families with children entering Grades Pre-K through 12 about the wide array of school choice options available in the Greater Hartford region for Connecticut residents.

  • Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019.  Snowdate: Saturday, February 2, 2019.
  • Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm.
  • Location: Conard High School, 110 Beechwood Road, West Hartford CT 06107.
  • CT Transit Bus: Saturday bus schedule and map for transportation departures and arrivals closet to Beechwood Road.  See
  • Parking: Enter through the schools Beechwood Road main entrance, parking is available on the left.

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.
  • Connecticut residents from Hartford and surrounding suburban areas may apply to approximately 50 available school choice options with specialized magnet themes.
  • The Hartford Region Open Choice Program is another option on the school choice application:
    • Students apply to attend a non-magnet public school outside of their hometown.
    • Once enrolled, Hartford residents may attend a school in their Open Choice district through high school graduation.
  • 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.

For families new to this experience, RSCO staff will be available at the Winter fair to answer questions. Families will also have the opportunity on-site to start an online school choice application for the 2019-20 school year. Applications are not first-come, first-serve; families are encouraged to make an informed decision by visiting open houses and schools during the school choice application period. 

“While you and your family visit the schools and programs who are part of RSCO’s high-quality programming,” said Glen Peterson, RSCO’s Division Director. “I encourage you to gather as much information as possible about school options that may best suit your child. Make an informed decision by asking questions and if you need assistance with your application start one on-site or attend one of the many application assistance sessions where staff can guide you.”

For more information on school events, information sessions, open houses and to apply online, please visit RSCO’s Web site at Call RSCO’s Parent Information Center at 860-713-6990 weekdays (excluding state holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with questions.

2019-20 RSCO Events

Wednesday, January 24, 2019

Hartford Region Open Choice Program Information Session

5:30-7:30 p.m.

CREC Central

111 Charter Oak Ave.

Hartford, CT 06106

Snow Date & Time: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 Saturday, February 9, 2019

Hartford Public Schools 5th Annual Education EXPO

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sport & Medical Sciences Academy

280 Huyshope Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106

Snow Date & Time: Sunday, February 10, 2019 1-4 p.m.

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