Capitol Region Education Council
|Motto||Excellence in Education|
|Purpose||Open Choice Magnet School District|
|Greater Hartford Region of Connecticut|
|Services||K-12 Education and Professional Development|
|Executive Director Greg J. Florio|
Capitol Region Education Council or CREC (pronunciation: //) provides programs and services to meet the educational needs of children in the Capitol Region of Connecticut (Hartford and 35 surrounding towns). It is one of six Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs) established under Connecticut General Statute 10-66 a-n, which permits local boards of education to establish a RESC as a “public educational authority” for the purpose of “cooperative action to furnish programs and services.”
CREC is supported by local, state, federal and private funds. Local school districts become members of CREC with an annual fee of 20 cents per pupil. Each CREC program is discreetly funded with a budget that completely supports its operation and contributes a proportionate share to CREC’s overall management and development.
The CREC Foundation, a tax-exempt charitable 501 (c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 to support the Capitol Region Education Council its members, programs, and schools. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors. By design, the majority of CREC Foundation directors also serve on the Capitol Region Education Council.
CREC provides professional development and consultation services for school districts, municipalities, corporations, and non-profit organizations. CREC's sale of service arm has seven divisions: Community Education; Construction; Data Analysis, Research, and Technology (DART); Operations, Facilities, and Security; Institute of Teaching and Learning; Technical Assistance & Brokering Services; and Transportation.
In order to assist the CT State Department of Education meet the benchmarks of the Sheff Settlement Agreement, CREC operates 19 interdistrict magnet schools in the Greater Hartford region and the Hartford Region Open Choice Program, formerly known as Project Concern. CREC Magnet Schools are tuition free for families. Each school has a specific theme that drives the development of curriculum and the delivery of instruction. Themes include STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), arts and culture, international studies, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, aerospace and engineering, ecology, public safety, museum studies, and medical professions & teacher preparation. CREC Schools enroll more than 7,000 students in Pre-K Age 3 through Grade 12. The Hartford Region Open Choice Program is open to students in the Greater Hartford area. Hartford students can apply to Open Choice for the opportunity to attend public schools in suburban towns. Suburban students can apply to Open Choice for the opportunity to attend Hartford public schools. Open Choice is no cost to families. The goals of the Open Choice program are to improve academic achievement; reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation;and provide a choice of educational programs for children. Currently, more than 1,300 students participate in Open Choice.
Students are admitted to all CREC Magnet Schools and the Open Choice program through a lottery that is regulated, administered, and supervised by the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Regional School Choice Office in compliance with the Sheff v. O'Neill decree and Settlement Agreement.
CREC Schools also operates programs and schools for students with special educational needs, including birth to three programming, Family Enrichment Services, the Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center, Integrated Program Models, the John J. Allison Polaris Center, River Street School, Soundbridge, and Health Services.
Schools Managed by CREC
CREC Manages nineteen interdistrict magnet schools throughout Greater Hartford.
Pre-Schools and Elementary Schools
- Academy of Aerospace & Engineering Elementary School (Pre K - 5)
- Discovery Academy (Pre K - 5)
- Glastonbury-East Hartford Elementary Magnet School (Pre K - 5)
- Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet (Pre K - 5)
- International Magnet School for Global Citizenship (Pre K - 5)
- Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy (Pre K)
- Montessori Magnet School (Pre K - 6)
- Museum Academy (Pre K - 5)
- Reggio Magnet School of the Arts (Pre K - 5)
- University of Hartford Magnet School (Pre K - 5)
Magnet Middle and High Schools
- Academy of Aerospace & Engineering (6 - 12)
- Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science (Half-Day Program, 9-12)
- Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Magnet Middle School (6 - 8)
- Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (9 - 12)
- Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy (6 - 12)
- Metropolitan Learning Center for Global & International Studies (6 - 12)
- Public Safety Academy (6 - 12)
- Two Rivers Magnet Middle School (6 - 8)
- Two Rivers Magnet High School (9 - 12)
Student Services Schools
- Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center (Simsbury)
- John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center (East Hartford)
- River Street School (Windsor)
- River Street Autism Program (Windsor and Hartford)
- Soundbridge (Wethersfield)