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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



Wednesday, September 2:  School starts with all full day students coming to the Colt Building to meet with their advisors.  Grade 9 goes to cafeteria. Upper classman who are new to the full day program please report to the Sunbridge studio.

Wednesday, September 2:  In the afternoon ALL students, full and half day will be at the Learning Corridor

Thursday, September 3rd: In the afternoon All upper class students (10-12 graders) will be at the Learning Corridor. All 9th grade students will be at the Colt Campus for their auditions. (Don’t be nervous).

Friday, September 4th:  In the afternoon, full day upperclassmen (10-12) will be at the campus where their department is located (Learning Corridor: Dance, Music, Visual Arts, TDP; Colt Campus: Musical Theatre, Theatre, Creative Writing/ Media Arts).  9th grade full day students will be at the Learning Corridor for further orientation activities.

Monday, September 7th:  NO SCHOOL, Labor Day Observance.

Tuesday, September 8th:  In the afternoon, all upperclassmen: at your regular campus. All 9th graders will begin the afternoon at the Learning Corridor, and then will end their day in the campus of their art department placement

Wednesday, September 9th- All students are in regularly scheduled arts classes in their regular campus

Thursday, September 17 – Academic Back to School Night/Open House. Meet your students’ academic teachers 6:00 -8:00 PM @ Colt Campus.

Thursday, October 8 – Arts back to school night/Open House – 6:00 - 8:00 Both Learning Corridor & Colt Campuses.


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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