Admissions Process

The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day program is part of 17 magnet schools managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in Greater Hartford. CREC Schools provide students across the region with the chance to identify what fascinates them and pursue it through opportunities that they won't find anywhere else.

Students interested in attending CREC Schools apply through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO). RSCO serves Hartford and suburban students who are interested in public school choice options in the Greater Hartford Region. Any student who resides in Connecticut can apply to our tuition-free schools by following a simple process.


Using a common RSCO application, applicants for CREC schools and other inter-district magnet, charter, and regional programs, can rank up to five school choice options. Students who are not offered a seat in the initial round of the placement process are placed on a wait list. Families who are placed on a wait list should accept their wait list placement by the deadline to secure their wait list position. Available seats are offered to students on the wait list through the end of September each year. 

Dates to Apply through RSCO start December 1, 2020 and end February 28 2021. 
Check back for an application link.

Half Day or Full Day: What's The Difference?

CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School is the umbrella name given to two different CREC programs "The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day" and "The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day." Both schools are designed to expose students to high quality arts education. Since students have different aspirations and creative paths, CREC responded by designing two individual schools with different approaches to arts and intensity of  training. This allows students to choose how they wish to delve into their arts education.

To learn about the difference between these two schools, click “Learn More” Below.

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Information Sessions.

Below is a list of all of our information sessions for the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day. All of our open houses will be located at 160 Huyshope Ave, Hartford, CT 06106.


Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day
Information Sessions

Information sessions for the 2021/22 School Year will be posted at a later time. 



Should you have any questions about the application process or for more information about your CREC options, as well as information about upcoming recruitment events, please visit

If you need assistance with your application, please contact RSCO by phone at 860-509-3700 or visit in person at 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.

For more information, visit "Choose CREC."

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Check back here for the link to apply starting December 1