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CREC Schools draw students from Greater Hartford and beyond because of the many opportunities our programs offer, including:

  • Specific themes that allow students to identify, refine, and develop their talents and interests
  • Diverse learning communities that prepare students for living and working as global citizens
  • College immersion programs that give students an early college experience, including studying on campus and earning college credits
  • Career preparation programs that focus on skills to give students an advantage in applying for internships, jobs, and higher education
  • Real-world experiences that provide students with meaningful opportunities to apply what they have learned
  • Affiliation as NASA Explorer Schools and partnerships with area universities, industries and organizations
  • State-of-the-art facilities, many specially designed for CREC Schools, that encourage learning, community development, and collaboration

CREC Schools seek to live out the vision of the Capitol Region Education Council that every student can and shall learn at high levels. In addition to a challenging core curriculum, our schools offer a diverse environment, a personalized educational approach for each student, and a curriculum designed to spark a lasting appreciation for knowledge.

About School Choice:

What is Sheff vs. O’Neill? 

Sheff vs. O’Neill is a Connecticut Supreme Court case involving a 1989 lawsuit filed by Elizabeth Horton Sheff and other parents on behalf of their children against Governor William A. O'Neill. The suit charged that Connecticut's system of separate city and suburban school districts led to racially segregated schools and a violation of their children's rights to an equal educational opportunity.

How many Sheff magnet schools exist?
There are 16 CREC magnet schools, 19 Hartford host magnet schools, 2 magnet schools operated by LEARN/Goodwin College, 2 host magnet schools operated by Bloomfield Public Schools, and 1 host magnet school operated by East Hartford.

For a list of CREC magnet schools, go to

    For more information on the magnet schools managed by Hartford, Goodwin College, Bloomfield and East Hartford, please click HERE.

    About the Regional School Choice Office
    The Regional School Choice Office, a branch of the State Department of Education, manages the lottery for all public school choice options for families in Connecticut. These options include magnet schools, the Hartford Region Open Choice Program, and the Connecticut Technical High School System. More information regarding the Regional School Choice Office is available at

    The RSCO on-time lottery application period extends from November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.

    CLICK HERE to learn about school choices and upcoming Information Sessions.

    CLICK HERE to complete your application.

    About CREC Magnet Schools
    CREC's Magnet Schools are leading the way in public education with theme-based programs that provide all students with college and career focused educational opportunities. With highly qualified teachers, cutting edge curricula and state-of-the-art buildings, CREC magnet schools give students from diverse backgrounds a chance to excel in ways that are designed to inspire and motivate.

    Admission to CREC Schools is via a lottery managed by the Regional School Choice Office.

    About the Hartford Region Open Choice Program (Formerly Project Concern)
    Through the Open Choice Program, students from urban communities have the opportunity to attend public schools in suburban towns, and students from suburban towns can attend public schools in the Greater Hartford area at no cost to the student’s family.

    Open Choice serves all children, including gifted and talented, English language learners, and special needs students. Students come from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Many perform at rates that are higher than their peers statewide.

    Admission to the Hartford Region Open Choice Program is via a lottery managed by the Regional School Choice Office.







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