About Our School

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CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day is an arts focused magnet high school serving Hartford and its suburbs.  Here,  a student self-directs their own artistic path as they choose from a variety of artistic course offerings.  We are the winner of many awards including Best of Hartford Magazine’s Reader’s Poll, and “School of Distinction” from the Magnet Schools of America. 

Meets Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 


Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day
Statement of Purpose

The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day provides a rigorous college-preparatory academic education and pre-professional arts education in a an equitable, culturally competent environment.

Arts Infused  Academics

Writing ClassProfessional artistic training is integrated throughout the day with our fully accredited academic program. In our hybrid arts/academic program, students study among other creative like-minded peers.
 Our curriculum is academically rigorous enabling students to work towards achieving the state of Connecticut’s graduation requirements in the areas of Science, Physical Education, Health, Social Studies, Mathematics and World Languages. After completing our program, students leave more than prepared for college. 


Self-Directed Artistic Direction
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Integrated throughout the school day are a variety of artistic courses.  Students chose from these course offerings as they design their own path of creativity and discovery. Classes are taught by Artist Instructors who are professionals in their artistic trade. 




We offer classes in the following

  • Instrumental and Vocal Music
  • Dance
  • Graphic Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Media Production
  • Theater

To learn how to apply, click on the link below.

Application Process


Our Facility

Script WritingThe Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day is part of the Colt Gateway complex in Hartford. The facility nurtures a community where young people can learn and create while feeling at home. Within these rooms  musicians practice, graphic artists design, creative writers workshop, dancers move, and film makers direct. Amongst these spaces are science labs and academic spaces with the latest in classroom technologies.  Film and recording studios, dance studios, music practice rooms, actor spaces, and dance studios are located throughout.


A Diverse Community

LaughThe students and faculty at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts all come from a diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic population. We are a proud multi-cultural community sharing a common love for friendship and artistic expression. Curriculum places sensitivity on the racial and ethnic make up of the student and world populations so that students receive their artistic training from broad perspectives.  Through the celebration and study of artists from all backgrounds, students learn to creatively express themselves and the world around them.