FAQ

CREC Schools can assist school counselors and educators from schools across Greater Hartford who have questions about advising potential students. Here, we answer some common questions and provide contact information to help you get the specific information you seek.

What kinds of schools are available through CREC?

CREC Schools offer a theme-based approach to learning and serve students from age 3 through high school. For more information, view Our Schools.

Who may apply to CREC Schools?

Any student in Connecticut can apply. Students are selected by lottery.

What is the application process like?

The application form is straightforward. Students are asked to complete basic demographic information and rank up to five school choices.

When are applications due?

Lottery Applications for the 2019-20 school year are available from November 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019 at www.choiceeducation.org. Get more information by calling the CREC Magnet Schools Office at (860) 524-4096, or by calling the Regional Schools Choice Office at (860) 713-6972.

If my student was placed on a waitlist and did not get into a school, do I need to apply again?

Yes, you must apply every year to be entered in the lottery.

Does my child need to be toilet trained to attend a CREC school preschool program?


The CT State Department of Public Health guidelines for eary childhood education programs state that it is expected that children attending a public school preschool program will be able to independently toilet themeselves unless there is a special education need.

Are all preschool students requierd to pay tuition?


No. Families who qualify for free & reduced lunch will not be charged preschool tuition. Preschool tuition will be charged for all 2019-20 preschool students whose family's gross annual household income is above 75% of the State Median Income (SMI). The 2018 SMI chart from the State of Connecticut will determine if a family is required to pay tuition. Click HERE for full details regarding preschool tuition.

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