Interested Families/Future Scholars

How to Apply to Connecticut River Academy

Acceptance into our magnet school is determined through a random lottery process conducted by the State Regional School Choice Office.   The lottery application period is now closed for the coming 2017-18 school year.  Registration will open sometime in October, 2017 for the SY 2018-19. Visit for more information.

Information on Lottery Results for the coming SY 17-18:

How will I know if my student has been selected for placement in a school or program through the RSCO lottery?
RSCO will contact you directly when the initial round of the lottery is conducted. After the initial round, RSCO will contact you if your child receives an offer of placement. 

Round 1 of the RSCO lottery ran on Friday May 5th, 2017 and is now closed. 

Round 2 ran on Monday June 5th.  The RSCO office has communicated with all applicants of their standing after the second lottery round.   If you accepted your seat on the waiting list and have not received notification please call the RSCO office at 860-713-6990. 

If my student is offered a placement through the RSCO lottery, what do I then need to do?
If your student is offered a placement, you must either accept or decline the placement offer online with RSCO at Round 2 deadline is June 19th, 11:59 pm, 2017.

What happens if I do not respond to RSCO by the specified deadline date?
If RSCO does not receive your response  by June 19th, 11:59 pm, 2017, RSCO will assume that you do not want the placement opportunity and RSCO will offer that seat to another student.

Is it possible for my student to receive placement in more than one magnet school?
No, your student can only be placed in one of the magnet schools that you selected on your application. Once a placement is offered, your student will be removed from all other magnet school and Open Choice waitlists.

If my student is placed in a magnet school other than her/his first choice, can s/he be placed on the waitlist for that first choice?
No, once a magnet school placement is offered, your student will be removed from all other waitlists.

When an applicant applies to both Open Choice and magnet school(s), what happens when the applicant receives a placement offer?
If a student applied to Open Choice and a magnet school(s) and receives a placement offer in either program, s/he will be removed from all other magnet school and Open Choice waitlists and will not receive another placement offer during that lottery cycle.

If my student is on a waitlist, should s/he be registered in her/his local public school district?
Yes, students should register and attend their district school until they receive a placement letter/offer. In some cases, students may be placed in a RSCO magnet school or Open Choice after the school year begins.

What happens if my student is not selected for placement through the RSCO lottery?
If your student is not selected for placement through the RSCO lottery, then she/he will be placed on a waitlist for each school or program choice. In order to confirm your student’s waitlist position, you must respond online with RSCO by the specified deadline.

RSCO waitlist positions do not carry over from previous year lotteries.  Those who wish to participate in subsequent lotteries must submit a new application for each child.

Why is it important for me to confirm my student’s waitlist position(s)? By doing so, you preserve the opportunity to have your student placed in a school or program that you selected, if a seat becomes available and your student is next on the waitlist.

Waitlist information also guides RSCO’s future planning and program expansion to increase school choice opportunities.

Click here for information about Regional School Choice Office/RSCO, call our Parent Information Center 860.713.6990 or  email


2017 Post Lottery Acceptance: 

To accept or decline your placement offer please visit Next log-in to the RSCO’s online system with the User ID and Password you created to submit your lottery application. Next you will be given the option to accept or decline your placement offer. You MUST accept your spot online to continue the registration process with us within a certain period of time or you will forfeit your seat.

The deadline for Round 1 of the SY 2017-18 Lottery was May 18th, 2017. Round 1 is completed.

The deadline for Round 2 of the SY 17-18 Lottery is June 19th, 2017. 

We will not be hosting registration sessions this round. However, Someone from our school will be calling you to congratulate you on your offer and provide you with important registration information.  If you have not yet received a call from the school, feel free to call the main office at (860) 913-2200.  Emails will also be going out to all accepted students in Round 2 with pertinent information.  

Besides the registration packet, we will also need the following documentation:

  • Copy of Student Birth Certificate
  • Legal documentation – (This is required for any parent(s) who do not share custody or are not the legal guardian of the student.)
  • Most recent report card
  • Record of your child’s most recent test scores
  • Any documentation or academic information from the school (examples: an IEP for any Special Education student, medical records, speech/hearing/language and other evaluations).
  • Hartford Residents only: a copy of deed, mortgage statement, tax bill or utility bill for residency verification

Registration packet may be picked up and returned at the school between the hours of 9am-2pm Monday-Friday.  If you have any questions or are unable to pick up your registration packet please contact Shawnta Mitchell at 860-310-2871 to make other arrangements.

Please note that all paperwork must be completed and returned to the school by June 26th or you will risk forfeiting your child’s seat at CTRA.