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Arts Academy Statement of Purpose

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

About The Arts Academy

best of hartfordThe Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts is an interdistrict magnet high school. For more than 30 years, the Arts Academy has focused on developing the fullest academic and artistic potential in all students encouraging them to be creative, engaged citizens, while preparing them to pursue college and careers in the arts.

In addition to formal arts study, students experience the arts in a variety of ways including attending professional arts events, and community field trips to meet professional working artists.

Professional artists and alumni are invited to the Arts Academy on a regular basis as guest artists to interact with students, conduct master classes, and give presentations that enrich the curriculum and provide a realistic perspective on college and careers in the arts

Changes for 2019 - 2020

 bass students Starting 2019-2020 the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts will have separate half day and full day programs.

The Half day program will be located at Hartford’s Learning Corridor Campus. In this program, students attend their home districts for academics and then attend Academy classes starting at 1 p.m. through 4:15 p.m. Transportation is provided.

Our full day program will teach both academic and arts classes and will run from 7:30AM to 2:30PM and will be located at Colt Gateway at 160 Huyshope Avenue in Hartford. ​

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day (starting 2019-2020 school year)

focused dancersThe Greater Hartford Academy of the Half Day is  a arts only program that will meet from 1PM to 4:15PM. The program will have a range of arts majors to choose from.  Students in this program will still need to attend their district school for academic requirements. Disciplines offered include

  • Instrumental and Vocal Music
  • Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Theater Design and Production
  • Visual Arts
  • Dance

Meets Monday thru Thursday  1p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

To Learn More about the program and how to apply, visit our Prospective Students Page below.
Prospective studnets

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day (starting 2019-2020 school year)

band beyondThe Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day will be an integrated arts focused and traditional academic high school which will run from 7:30AM –2:30 PM. Traditional curriculum courses such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Health and Physical Education are offered. All of the above courses meet the high demands of the Connecticut Board of Education as requirement for graduation.

In addition to the above curriculum, students attending this program will be able to choose their own artistic path with a variety of offerings which include

  • Creative Writing
  • Media Production
  • Music Production
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Dance
  • Instrumental and Vocal Music
 Meets Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

To Learn More about the program and how to apply, visit our Prospective Students Page below.

Prospective studnets 

Program Structure

guitar studentAll Arts Academy students spend considerable time per week pursuing artistic excellence under the guidance of practicing arts professionals and educators. Students involved in productions and exhibitions spend additional time in rehearsals and in preparation outside of normal school hours.

The curriculum is professionally oriented and highly structured. Art courses in both programs are offered in a number of various disciplines. Many of these classes already the state’s high school graduation requirements in the areas of physical education and the arts. It is understood that all students are individuals, and progress at different rates. The faculty pays attention to the unique needs, backgrounds, strengths and limitations of each student. All students are expected to meet each course objective.

Accomplishments and Post Graduate Plans


pittsburgh tripThe majority of students who graduate from the Academy go on to college and successful careers. Much of our alumni have gone on to do notable things within the arts. While at the Academy, many of our students have been recipients of various awards and scholarships. Click below to learn more.

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vanessa german  photoThe students and faculty at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts all come from a diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic population. In a multicultural community such as this, students share their love of the arts while developing a greater understanding of each other. 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. Arts Academy courses include material from contemporary America, around the world, and from previous centuries. By sharing the traditions and achievements of various artists, instructors encourage students to be receptive to their own possibilities and to the work of others.