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CSDE Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) Hosts Opening Day School Choice Information Fair On November 2nd

First School Choice Fair of 2020-21 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 first regional school choice information fair of the 2020-21 application season on Saturday, November 2nd. During the Opening Day event, prospective students and their families will be able to explore the many great educational opportunities available within Greater Hartford, speak with school choice representatives, staff and families that work at or attend a Hartford region technical high school, Agriscience program, magnet school or Open Choice Program.

  • Event: Opening Day Regional School Choice Fair for the 2020-21 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, November 2, 2019.
  • Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm.
  • Location: A.I. Prince Technical High School; 401 Flatbush Avenue, Hartford CT 06106.
  • Parking: Enter through the main entrance A.I. Prince Technical High School parking lot. Parking is free.

About RSCO 2020-21 Application Period:

  • The 2020-21 school choice application period opens Friday, November 1, 2019 and closes on Friday, January 31, 2020
  • 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; East Hartford Public Schools’ Connecticut IB Academy; A.I. Prince Technical High School, E.C. Goodwin Technical High School, Howell Cheney Technical High School, D.F. Harris Sr. Agriscience Center at Bloomfield High School, Glastonbury Regional Agriscience and Technology Center and the Suffield Regional Agriscience Center.

For families new to this experience, RSCO staff will be available at the Opening Day fair to answer questions and will have the opportunity to start an online school choice application for the 2020-21 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. 

The Regional School Choice Office encourages families to gather as much information as possible about school options that may best suit their children. Families can make an informed decision by asking questions and receive assistance with completing a RSCO  application.

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.

2020-21 RSCO Events

Saturday, November 2, 2019

RSCO School Choice Fall Fair Opening Day

10 a.m.–1p.m.

A.I. Prince Technical High School

401 Flatbush Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106

Snow Date & Time: Saturday, Nov.9 10a.m.–1p.m.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Goodwin College Magnet School Information Session

6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Connecticut River Academy

29 Willowbrook Road

East Hartford, CT 06118

Snow Date & Time: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Hartford Public Schools Education EXPO

10a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Sport and Medical Sciences Academy

280 Huyshope Ave.

Hartford,  CT 06109

Snow Date & Time: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

CREC Magnet Schools of Excellence Fair

5:30 pm – 7:30 p.m.

Discovery Academy

176 Cumberland Ave

Wethersfield, CT 06109

Snow Date & Time: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

RSCO School Choice Winter Fair

10 a.m.–1p.m.

Conard High School

110 Beechwood Road

West Hartford, CT 06107

Snow Date & Time: Saturday, January 18, 2020 10 a.m.–1p.m.

 Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Goodwin College Magnet School Information Session

6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Connecticut River Academy

29 Willowbrook Road

East Hartford, CT 06118

Snow Date & Time: Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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, January 15, 2020 5:30-7:30 p.m.



“The State of Connecticut Department of Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. The Department of Education does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. The Department of Education does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding the Department of Education's nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: Levy Gillespie, Equal Employment Opportunity Director/American with Disabilities Act Coordinator, State of Connecticut Department of Education, 25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457, 860-807-2101.” 


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