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Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts






WINNER! #1 CT Magnet School
Hartford Magazine Reader's Poll



2014 Outstanding Arts School Award


2014 & 2015 School of Distinction, Magnet Schools of America


 An Artistic and Academic Immersion

Students interested in the arts will find a professionally oriented, highly structured, and academically rigorous curriculum at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. In addition to professional training in vocal and instrumental music, dance, theater, musical theater, creative writing/media arts, and visual arts, high school students learn about the history and criticism of the arts and the arts as a mechanism for social justice.

Interested in attending the Arts Academy? Learn about our Open Houses and application process on the Admissions Page.



The Theater of the Performing Arts houses a 600-seat, state-of-the-art proscenium theater, a 120-seat flexible theater, classrooms and support spaces. Visit the Theater of Performing Arts Page for rental information, event calendar, ticket information and more. Box Office: 860-757-6388




Check out our DAILY STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS that appear on
the School Calendar & News Page.


The last day for half-day students is June 10. The last day for full-day students is June 19.

All students, full and half day, must participate in the jury process. During the jury, each student meets with their arts teachers and department chair to present independent work within their art major and to discuss the student’s progress. 
  • The last day of afternoon arts classes is Thursday, May 29.
  • Half-day studentsreturn only for their jury appointment and Academy Awards day on June 10.
  • Each student is given an individual jury appointment by their Art Department Chair. Juries start Monday, June 2 and run through June 12.
  • All students attend the Academy Awards matinee June 10. Full-day and Half-day awards are given out.
  • Full-day students will take academic final exams, June 13 – 19.
May 25           No School – Memorial Day
May 26 – 29   7:30am – 12:45pm   Regularly scheduled classes
                       1:00pm – 4:15pm     All students (full and half-day) attend scheduled afternoon classes  
                       (last week of classes for half-day students)
June 1-8        7:30am – 12:45pm   Regularly scheduled classes
                       1:00pm – 4:15pm   Juries for all students!!!
                       (full -day students attend afternoon classes when not in juries)
June 9           7:30am – 12:45pm  Regularly scheduled classes
                       1:00pm – 4:15pm   All Students (full and half-day) attend department meetings and Peacefest
June 10          7:30am – 12:45pm   Regularly scheduled classes
                       1:00pm – 4:15pm   All students (full and half-day) attend All-SchoolAcademy Awards Matinee
June 11          7:30am – 10:30am   Regularly scheduled classes
                       1:00pm – 4:15pm   Full-day students attend scheduled afternoon activities
                       6:30pm  Seniors, Full-day and Half-day, attend Academy Awards
June 12          7:30am – 10:30am  Final Exams
                       1:00pm – 4:15pm   Full-day students attend scheduled afternoon activities
June 15          7:30am – 10:30am  Early dismissal:  Final Exams
June 16          7:30am – 10:30am  Early dismissal:  Final Exams
June 17          7:30am – 10:30am  Early dismissal:  Final Exams
                       12:00pm-3:00pm  MANDATORY Senior Graduation Rehearsal (transportation not provided)
June 18         7:30am – 10:30am  Early dismissal:  Final Exams
                       2:30pm – 4:00pm  MANDATORY Senior Graduation Rehearsal (transportation not provided)
                       5:00pm  Graduation
June 19          7:30am – 10:30am  Early dismissal:  Final Exams


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On Friday, April 10th Brianna Perez (Visual Arts) received an Honorable Mention award at the State Capitol for her digital photography in the 2015 Donate Life Connecticut Annual High School Art Contest. Congratulations Brianna!
Jossary Padilla, (Creative Writing/Media Arts) who won the Wallace Stevens Poetry Scholarship. This is the fifth year in a row that an Arts Academy student has won this prestigious award.
Creative Writing/Media Arts seniors Kelly Boggan, Michaela Godding and Ellie Luisi were chosen as finalists for the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival's "Fresh Voices" Poetry Competition.
Senior Michaela Godding (Creative Writing/Media Arts) earned a spot on the CT Youth Slam Team and will be among five high school students representing the state at "Brave New Voices", an international poetry competition held later this year.
Visua Arts student Janet Sebastian-Coleman had her student film Ceci N'est Pas screened at the Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival held at Trinity College on April 25.


The Arts School Network presents The Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts in Hartford, CT with the Outstanding Arts School Award, presented for outstanding overall excellence in faculty and student achievements, community recognition and involvement, arts and academics integration, curriculum innovations, continuing growth and development, and state and national recognition.
Arts School Network is a non-profit association founded in 1981, dedicated to its mission to provide leaders in arts schools with quality resources support, and networking opportunities.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS!  View the official press release.





How to apply
  • Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Arts Academy Dancers
  • Creative Writing Share Day
  • IntoTheWoods
  • Visual Arts
  • Guitar students in Music Department