Open Choice Program

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In 1966, Project Concern (now called the Hartford Region Open Choice Program) was developed and managed by the Hartford Board of Education. In 1997, it became part of the Open Choice program funded by the state of Connecticut. The statewide program was created as part of the Sheff v. O'Neill Agreement.

In 2016, the Open Choice Program/Project Concern celebrated 50 years of offering excellence in education. The Open Choice Program offers public school students in Hartford the opportunity to attend public schools in suburban towns, at no cost to the student's family. Participation in the Open Choice program is voluntary. The goals of the Hartford Region Open Choice Program are to improve academic achievement; to reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation; and to provide all children with a choice of high quality educational programs.

South Windsor Public Schools is proud to be one of the original participants in the Project Concern/Hartford Region Open Choice Program, welcoming Hartford students since 1966.


Students must complete and submit an application which is available through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO). The Open Choice program is open to children entering grades K - 12 who are currently enrolled in public schools. However, South Windsor Public Schools may not have seats available in all grades at all times. Open Choice applicants are placed into schools through the RSCO lottery. Eligible students with a sibling enrolled in the program are given preference in the lottery for the town in which their sibling attends school. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by CREC's Open Choice office.

Once accepted into the Open Choice program, your child can remain in the program until s/he graduates from high school. However, if you are a Hartford resident and you move out of Hartford, your child will no longer be eligible to participate in the program.

For more information, visit the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) website.

Already accepted into the Choice Program?

More information about South Windsor registration requirements and the enrollment process can be found HERE.