The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half-Day Program provides high school students from the Capitol region and beyond with focused training in the arts. Students choose a major from six different arts disciplines: Dance, Music (instrumental or vocal), Musical Theater, Theater, Theater Design & Production, and Visual Arts. All classes are taught by professional Artist-Instructors.

The Arts Half-Day Program has received many awards, including being named “Best Arts Magnet School” by the Arts Schools Network and a “School of Distinction” by Magnet Schools of America. We are proud to have recently been awarded "Outstanding Arts School" by the Arts Schools Network.


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Areas of Study

Musical Theater
Theater Design & Production



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Application Process
Acceptance to the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half-Day Program is done through a lottery conducted by the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) and the CT State Department of Education (CSDE). If you’re a student entering Grades 9-12 and you’re serious about the arts, please apply. Tuition is covered by participating school districts, and transportation is provided by CREC.

Admissions Process

Attend one of our Prospective Student Open Houses.

Saturday 12/9/23 10am-12pm
Theater of the Performing Arts

Wednesday, 1/17/24, 6-7:30 pm.
Virtual Event (Sign up and link will be provided closer to event)

Saturday, 2/10/24, 10am-12pm
Theater of the Performing Arts

All Open Houses Are at the Theater of the Performing Arts unless otherwise stated. Theater Entrance is on Brownell St.

Directions to the Theater


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