An Intensive Arts Experience!

Choreographers ShowcaseThe 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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Jazz Ensemble We are  now accepting late applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

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The 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 your child's home district.

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.

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

Prospective Student Open House
Wed., November 13 6 p.m.  
Thurs, December 5 6 p.m.
Sat. January 18 10 a.m.

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



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)

Admissions Process  


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  

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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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Looking for the Full Day Program?

The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts has two seperate schools
each with different offerings. If you are looking for The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day, click on the link below.

GHAA Full Day

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