Many school choice events are scheduled each year in an effort to allow students and their families the opportunity to explore the many CREC school options. The school choice lottery will be accepting applications through March 19, 2021.  A listing of 2020/21 school choice events can be found at the below sites:

CREC School Choice Events (Listing of all CREC choice events)

Choose CREC Virtual Fair

The CREC Civic Leadership High School is one of 5 public magnet high 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 CT Department of Education's Regional School Choice Office (RSCO). The 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.  Accepted students should visit the RSCO website and either accept or decline their selection. Students who are not offered a seat in the initial round of the placement process are placed on a waitlist. Families who are placed on a waitlist should accept their waitlist placement by the deadline to secure their waitlist position. Available seats are offered to students on the waitlist through the end of September each year. 

Please click here for the RSCO application which is open December 1, 2020 through March 19, 2021.

For more information about your CREC options, as well as information about upcoming recruitment events, please visit


Should you have any questions about the application process or need assistance with your application, please contact RSCO by phone at 860-509-3700or visit in person at 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.