How to Apply

The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day program is part of the 17 magnet schools managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in Greater Hartford. CREC Schools provide students across the region with the chance to identify what fascinates them and pursue it through opportunities that they won't find anywhere else.

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.


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. 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. 
RSCO Applications will start December 1, 2020 and run until February 28, 2021. Check back here after December 1 for a link to the application.

For more information about your CREC options, as well as information about upcoming recruitment events, please visit

Choose CREC

Prospective Student Open Houses

Every year, the Academy holds open house events where prospective students can learn more about us, ask questions, meet the staff, and tour the facilities. Dates and times are listed below.

Prospective Student Open Houses
Monday, Nov. 9,6:30pm  
Tuesday, Dec. 8 6:30pm
Thursday, Jan. 7, 6:30pm
Sat. February 6,   10 a.m.

All Prospective Student will be virtual events. Link will be provided at a later date.


Register for the November 9 Open House Event

Questions and Assistance with the Application Process?

Should you have any questions about the application process or about our program, please feel free to e-mail us at the link below or by phone 860-757-6385.


Check back here for a link to the RSCO Application after December 1