The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half-Day program is one of 17 magnet schools/programs managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in Greater Hartford. CREC Schools and Programs provide students across the region with the chance to identify academic areas of interest (magnets) and pursue them in schools that make racial justice and equity a priority while bringing urban and suburban students together for a common purpose and a shared academic interest, such as our magnet, which is the arts.

Students interested in attending CREC Schools apply through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO). RSCO serves Hartford and suburban students who are interested in public school choice options in the Greater Hartford Region. Any student who resides in Connecticut can apply to our tuition-free schools by following a simple process. 


  Attend the next RSCO Fair or Prospective Student Open House
   Submit RSCO application
   Accept Placement
   Register with your child's school

Using a common RSCO application, applicants for CREC schools and other inter-district magnet, charter, and regional programs, can rank up to five school choice options. The RSCO application window will be open from November 8, 2021 through February 28, 2022. Students who are not offered a seat in the initial round of the placement process are placed on a wait list. Families who are placed on a wait list should accept their wait list placement by the deadline to secure their wait list position. Available seats are offered to students on the wait list through the end of September each year. 

Questions and Assistance with the Application Process?

If you have questions about the application process and/or our program, please email us at the “Questions?” link below, or call 860-757-6385.


Prospective Student Open House and Fair Dates

In Person Events
Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 10:00 a.m.

We encourage all attendees to pre-register HERE.

RSCO Virtual Fair
Saturday, January 22, 2022 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
This fair was originally scheduled for Saturday, January 8, 2022 at CREC Academy of Science and Innovation but converted to a virtual event out of an abundance of caution.

Start Your Application

Click below to start your RSCO Application


Pathways From Other CREC Schools

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School student’s going into 9th grade are guaranteed a spot in Academy Half Day.

Greater Hartford Academy of Arts - Half Day (Grades 9-12) has a pathway school placement priority to the Greater Hartford Academy of Arts-Full Day (Grades 9-12).

A pathway school may be ranked at any number 1 - 5 on the application.

To learn about upcoming CREC recruitment events, please visit


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