How to Apply

Application Deadline Extended March 19th!

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. 


Priority may be given to students coming from another magnet school for a limited number of seats.

Sending School Receiving Schools For 2021-2022 RSCO School Choice

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day

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 Dates
New Date Added!

Monday, Nov. 9, 6:30pm  
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30pm
Thursday, Jan. 7, 6:30pm
Sat. February 6, 10am
Sat March 6, 10am

Register for an Open House


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.


See the Academy First Hand!

We are offering for prospective students Online Virtual Sample Classes. We invite you to participate in the excellence that DISTINGUISHES the Arts Academy Half-Day program. Register for one or more of our online classes we’re showcasing for prospective students. .

Dates offered are listed below.

  • Visual Arts – January 12
  • Theater Design & Production - February 10 
  • Theater – January 25
  • Musical Theater - February22
  • Vocal Music - February 9
  • Instrumental Music - February 11
  • Dance – February 25

Learn More

To start your application, click on the application below


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


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