About Our School



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.

School Day
Start time:
7:30 am for Full Day students; 1:00 pm for Half-Day students
End Time: 4:15 pm

About The Arts Academy

Best of HartfordThe Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts is an inter-district magnet high school that offers both full-day and half-day programs for students throughout the Greater Hartford area. 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 careers in the arts.

In addition to academics and 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 careers in the arts.

Students Create their Own Paths in the Arts

venessa germanStudents in grades 9 through 12 can enroll in either the full-day or half-day programs at the Arts Academy. There are two campuses: Our Learning Corridor campus is located at 15 Vernon Street, adjacent to Trinity College in Hartford.Our Colt Gateway campus, where all full day academic classes are taught, is located at 160-172 Huyshope Avenue in Hartford. 

Students are placed into arts departments according to their respective disciplines. They have the opportunity to take a variety of afternoon courses in their art form and electives in other art forms. Full-day students take academic courses in the morning sessions that include Advanced Placement courses and a comprehensive core academic curriculum.

Students in the full-day program attend their academic classes Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m at the Colt Gateway campus. Classes offered include English, History, Math (Algebra and Geometry), Spanish and Science.

At 1:00 p.m., full-day students are joined by the half-day students for classes in the arts. (Half-day students attend classes at their hometown high schools in the morning and attend the Arts Academy only from 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. every Monday through Thursday.) 

Program Structure

 student guitaristAll Arts Academy students spend at least 13 intensive hours 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.

Art classes are offered in the following areas: Creative Writing/Media Arts, Dance, Theater, Theater Design & Production, Music (Vocal and Instrumental), Musical Theater and Visual Arts. More information is available in our Areas of Study.

These classes count toward the state’s high school graduation requirements in the areas of physical education, social studies and the arts. The curriculum is professionally oriented, highly structured and academically rigorous. Commitment to serious study is expected of all students, who are expected to maintain a minimum of a “B” average to remain in the program.

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

Dance Dept PittsburghThe 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.

Post Grad  End of Year Summary  Alumni Accomplishments


jazz studentThe student body comprises a racial, ethnic and socio-economic diversity reflective of Greater Hartford. The Arts Academy is committed to identifying and training students from diverse ethnic backgrounds who have developed or undeveloped talent in the performing, creative and visual arts.

In such a multicultural community, students develop an understanding of each other, as well as a greater knowledge of and appreciation for the arts from a broad perspective. Diversity also is sought in the selection of Arts Academy faculty and staff. In developing the curriculum, special emphasis is placed on including courses specifically related to the racial and ethnic make-up of our student population, the Capitol Region community and our global society.

Arts Academy courses include material from around the world and from previous centuries as well as from contemporary America. By sharing the traditions and achievements of various artists, Arts Academy instructors encourage students to be receptive to their own possibilities and to the work of others.

Grades 9-12

For more information, please contact:

Christine Diaz-Ocasio   
Tel: (860) 757- 6300 ext 3501