An Intensive Arts Experience!

The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts HALF DAY program provides high school students from the capitol region and beyond an extensive training in the arts. Students who attend choose a concentration from a variety of  arts disciplines such as Theater, Visual Art, Music, Theater Design, Dance, and Musical Theater.  All classes are taught by professional Artist Instructors.  

We are the recipients of many awards including Best Arts Magnet School by the “Arts School Network” and School of  Distinction  from “Magnet Schools of America” 

Click on "Areas of Study" below to Learn more about what our pre-professional arts program has to offer.

Areas of Study

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Student's Share Their TestimoniesThe Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day is the award winning program of the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) serving families in and around the capitol region and beyond. We meet from 1-4:15 Mon-Thu. Tuition is covered by the state of Connecticut and transportation is provided by CREC.

Registration to the Academy is done through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) with acceptance by lottery. Anybody is welcome to apply. The lottery will open November 1, 2019.

Prospective Student Open House
Wed., November 13    6 p.m.  
Thurs, December 5    6 p.m.
Tue. January 28      6 p.m.
Sat. February 22   10 a.m.

All Prospective Student Open Houses are held at the Theater of the Performing Arts


To learn more about our amazing program, we invite you to attend our Prospective Student Open House events listed here.  You may also attend one of several RSCO school choice fairs in the region for information.

For more information, on the lottery and the process, click on "Admissions Process." To skip directly to the application, click "Apply Now" (starting November 1, 2019). 

If you have questions about the process, please click on the link below and we will be happy to get back to you.

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Admissions Process


Prospective Students: Come Shadow Us

If would like to experience firsthand a typical day at the Academy, we encourage you to sign up for one of our Shadow Days. Click on the link below to learn more and to sign up. Spaces are limited.

Shadow Days

The Theater of the Performing Arts

Chorus Line The Theater of the Performing Arts houses a 600-seat, state-of-the-art proscenium theater, a 120-seat flexible theater, classrooms and support spaces. It provides a home for Academy performances and is also available to the community  for special events.

Visit the Theater of the Arts Page for performance and event calendar, ticket information, rental information, and more.

Box Office: 860-757-6388 

Theater of the Performing Arts  

 Academy Season

Half Day or Full Day: What's The Difference?

VA StudentCREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School is the umbrella name given to two different CREC schools  “The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day" and "The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day." Both schools are designed to expose students to high quality arts education. Since students have different aspirations and creative paths, CREC responded by designing two individual schools with different approaches to arts and intensity of  training. This allows students to choose how they wish to delve into their arts education.

To learn about the difference between these two schools, click “Learn More” Below.

Learn More

Transcript Requests

Do you need a copy of your transcript? Fill out the Transcript Request Form Below and we will be happy to send one out to you.

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Recent News

Zaccai Curtis
New Jazz Record Features Two Alumni
Drummer Jerome Jennings has worked with legends such as Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, and Phillip Bailley. His recent release “Solidarity” features playing by two Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day alumni. On piano is Zaccai Curtis. Zaccai is presently well known in the jazz world working with such greats as Carlos Santana as well as releasing albums on his own
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Project Transform
Using Theater for Change
Five Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day students were among a group of youth performers who took the stage to advocate for change. A total of twelve young artists worked for seven weeks with Hartford Stage’s guest artist Nilaja Sun to write and perform an original piece about the changes they would like to see in the community/world.
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Allie Furlong
Theater Critic Honors Academy Alumnus
A GHAA Half Day Alumnus had been recognized as “Best Featured Actress” in a drama by the Orlando Sentinel. The paper honored Class of 2016 theater major Allie Furlong for her roles as a high school student in “John Proctor Is the Villain” and Deirdre in “The Humans.”
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