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Dwight-Bellizzi NEW Dual Language Magnet School for the 2023-24 School Year!

New for the 2023-24 School Year at Dwight-Bellizzi Dual Language Academy – Students entering Pk4 and Kindergarten have the unique opportunity to learn in a language immersion magnet school at Dwight-Bellizzi!

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Imagine sending your child to learn in a dual language immersion environment in Pk4 or Kindergarten at No Cost. Before now, that option wasn’t available to families in the Greater Hartford Region. New for the 2023-24 school year, Dwight-Bellizzi Dual Language Academy will offer dual language instruction for prekindergarten and kindergarten students as the only dual language magnet school in the Greater Hartford Region at no cost to families! The new magnet school is currently accepting applications for students entering grades PK4 and kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year to learn at this new, dual language school! Apply today!

The school’s language immersion model provides students with instruction in English 50% of the time  and in Spanish the other 50% – by English and Spanish speaking teachers! During their time at Dwight-Bellizzi Dual Language Academy, students will become proficient in both languages by the 8th grade and achieve biliteracy and bilingualism by the time they transition to high school! This is an amazing opportunity for students in the Greater Hartford Region!  

There are so many incredible benefits of a dual language program for the youngest learners! Just a few of these benefits include:

Do you want to learn more about what Dwight-Bellizzi Dual Language Academy has to offer? Contact the school via email: or telephone 860-695-2400 to schedule a tour or visit the RSCO application website for more information. 

New! Full Day PK3 & PK4 Programs at CREC Pre-school at Progress Drive!

Full Day PK3 and PK4 at CREC Preschool at Progress Drive with pathways to one of three quality magnet elementary schools for families in the Greater Hartford Region. 

New! Exciting news from the Montessori Magnet School (CREC) grades PK3 – grade 6 located in Hartford, CT!  Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, families can take advantage of full day PK3 and PK4 programming.

Manufacturing, Your key to a Successful future! 

Manufacturing is no longer dirty, dark, and dangerous. It’s an in-demand, stable, and viable career option. It’s time to get the facts! Watch our video to find out five myths about manufacturing careers.

Attention Middle and High School Students –Take a Step in the STEM Direction!

A STEM-focused education leads to educational and career opportunities in Science, Computer Programming, Finance, Health Care, and so much more!

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students develop the knowledge and skills that are critical for the creation and production of cutting-edge products and services!  These are just some of the many high demand career and educational pathways that follow from a STEM background:

Explore these RSCO interdistrict magnet schools in the Greater Hartford Region and see which of these amazing school options interest you! Talk as a family to find your child’s perfect fit and apply today!

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Hartford-Resident Families – Open Choice Offers Exceptional Academic Opportunities and May Be a Perfect Fit for Your Family!

The Hartford Region Open Choice program is an incredible public school choice option available to Hartford families that provides access to quality academic programming and experiences outside of their home district. 

Unlike magnet schools, the Open Choice Program for Hartford residents gives students the chance to attend great schools in nearby suburban school districts and enjoy the benefits of all those districts have to offer!  

This program offers a great opportunity for students to access amazing academics while learning in culturally diverse and enriching school communities.

 Top Reasons to Consider the Open Choice Program for Your Family:

  1. Start your Education Journey with Open Choice – Students as young as prekindergarten 4 years old (PreK-4) and kindergarten can begin their education with an incredible start at no cost to your family!
  2. Extend your Community –Students get the chance to learn and play alongside students from different communities.
  3. Skills for Student’s Success – Students expand their learning circle. Research shows that diverse classroom experiences, like attending an Open Choice district gives students the skills to think creatively, problem-solve and think critically.
  4. Outside the Classroom: Extracurricular Activities – Students enjoy the chance to participate in district sports teams, and enriching clubs, programs and activities.
  5. College and Beyond – Selective colleges and universities look for students who learn in diverse environments and have meaningful experiences with diversity.

The Hartford Region Open Choice program graduates return to their neighborhood and contribute to their community!

Open Choice Parents

Open Choice Alumni

Watch Open Choice Graduate Video – Henley

Watch Open Choice Graduate Video – Lizbeth

Watch Open Choice Alumnus and a Hartford Parent Video

Behind the Scenes with Art-themed Magnet Schools!

Is your child creative and inventive? Does your child love to draw, paint, sing, dance, write? Do they have a passion for music, theater, visual arts, dance, creative writing, or media production? If yes, keep reading, because RSCO has art-themed magnet schools that just may be a perfect fit for your family! These magnet schools combine the arts with 21st century high-quality academics, making learning interesting, challenging, and fun! 

Students can enroll in one of the amazing arts-themed magnet schools as early as prekindergarten and continue with the arts-theme through high school graduation through a direct pathway from arts elementary-middle schools (PK to 8) to arts high schools (9 to 12) that will have them ready to make the most out of college and start a career in the arts.

Who should apply? The main entry grade levels are PreK, Kindergarten and 9th grade, but the schools accept applications at any grade level.  So apply today!

Let’s talk about IB!

Three of our magnet schools are authorized 21st century International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools.  IB is a global leader in education, developing inquiring, knowledgeable, confident, and caring young people. IB learners take ownership in their own learning and develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in the increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.  Through the School Choice System, students interested in the IB Programme may continue in the magnet theme from pk-12th grade and experience the Primary Years, Middle and Diploma programmes or enter at other grade levels, including elementary grades, 6th grade and 9th grade.

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Applying 9th Graders interested in a trade! Check out the Technical High Schools in the Greater Hartford Region.

The RSCO School Choice Application includes the option to apply to the technical high schools in the Greater Hartford Region – A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford, E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain, and Howell Cheney Technical High School in Manchester.  Whether it’s starting a career, opening a business, becoming an apprentice, or going to college, these technical schools prepare students for the 21st century!

The three technical high schools located in the greater Hartford region offer a unique career and college readiness program that prepares students for immediate employment, apprenticeship programs, and college and career opportunities.  Through the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System, students take challenging high school academic courses while mastering skills in career and technology education (CTE) programs, including such trades as: 

Students graduate with a high school diploma and certification in a trade that can be the stepping-stone to a career, college or both!

Families with children entering 9th grade next school year apply to all three technical high schools, A.I. Prince Technical High School, E.C. Goodwin Technical High School and Howell Cheney Technical High School, in the greater Hartford region and rank the schools in order of preference. 

Families with 5th Grade Students! This is the Perfect Time to Apply!

Themed-based magnet schools offer incredible opportunities for students to learn in an environment that focuses on their specific interests and passions. Students entering 6th grade have the best chance at securing one of those available spaces and continuing the magnet experience through graduation. 

There are so many options, from themes based in science and math to computer coding, international studies, classical and liberal arts, visual and performing arts, and more! When you choose your child’s school based on their unique interests and talents, you help them discover their true potential and achieve their future goals!   Check out the unique facts about our magnet schools with a 6th grade entry grade and then go to the school pages to find out more.  These 21st century-oriented options may be the perfect fit for your student!

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