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 focused 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.

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Prospective Student Open House
Monday, Nov. 9,   6:30pm  
Tuesday, Dec. 8   6:30pm
Thursday, Jan. 7,   6:30pm
Saturday. Feb. 6,   10 a.m.

All Prospective Student will be virtual events.

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 December 1, 2020 and run until February 28, 2021

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 CREC.

Student's Share Their Testimonies To learn more about our program, we invite you to sign up for one of four Prospective Student Open Houses. In order to attend, register at the link below.

For more information, on the lottery and the process, click on "Admissions Process." To skip directly to the application, click "Apply Now" (starting December 1, 2020).

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If you are in need of technical support regarding distance learning or others, please click on the form below and our IT Person will gladly help you.

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Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up

The Arts Academy Half Day Program will hold our parent teacher conferences on Wednesday, December 9th between the hours of 5:30pm-8:00pm. All conferences will be virtual. Once you have signed up for conferences, you will receive the zoom meeting conference credentials for that/those specific teachers.

Please use the link below to sign up for parent teacher conferences:


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 programs "The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day" and "The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day." Since students have different aspirations and creative paths, CREC responded by designing two individual schools/programs with different approaches to arts and intensity of arts education.

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day is a pre-college, rigorous arts preparatory program expressly designed to develop the skills students need to pursue the arts in college and as a career. Because the focus is strictly on arts education, students will still attend their home district for academics.

At the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day, students explore their own path in arts education by choosing from a variety of arts courses while receiving a fully accredited high school education.

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

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