Why Classical?

Principal Brooke Lafreniere and Senior Sophia Nelson on Fox News!

What sets Classical apart from other schools? In a nutshell - our entire philosophy! Our school focuses heavily on a classic liberal arts, college prep curriculum that teachs students to think, problem solve, and communicate - skills that transfer to everything and set our students apart. Data shows that people forget 95% of what they learn at school - at Classical we not only teach content mastery but we teach students how to think and question and solve problems which are skills that stay with you through your entire life.

At Classical our graduation rate is 98.5% - 14 points higher than the state average - with a 97.6% college acceptance rate - 15 points higher than the state average! At Classical our students graduate and go to four year colleges. We have an 88% 4-year college attendance rate (those students who attend after getting in) with a 94% college perseverence rate (our alumni graduating college). Both of these numbers are well above the State average and almost all other magnet schools as well!

We have a nationally recognized and nationally award winning theatre program, numerous state championship sports, one of the top music programs in Hartford, and an amazing art program that regularly gets student work into community galleries!

Admission to Classical Magnet is open to all students entering grades 6-12 in Hartford and surrounding towns.  Students are selected through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) lottery process.  All applications and the lottery are managed through the RSCO.

See the NBC News Segment on Senior Shay Pezzulo's admittance to 6 Ivy Leagues!

Apply to Classical Magnet School online at the RSCO website:

The 2017-2018 RSCO Lottery period opens on November 1st at 3:00 p.m. and closes on February 28th.

Open Houses

Open houses are events for potential students and their families to get the full educational experience at Classical Magnet School during guided tours! You will get to meet current staff and faculty and experience many of the wonderful things that make Classical unique. We encourage you to attend an Open House / Informational Session to learn more about the Classical

November 18th, 2017 (Saturday)                10AM-1PM         Classical Magnet                            

February 6th, 2018 (Tuesday)                       6PM-8PM            Classical Magnet                             

February 21st, 2018 (Wednesday)             6PM-8PM            Classical Magnet                             

Recruitment Fairs

 Event dates:

Opening Day        Saturday November 4, 2017    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Dunkin Donuts Park

 RSCO Fair           Saturday January 27, 2018            10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Conard High School (West Hartford)

 HPS EXPO         Saturday February 10, 2018         10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    SMSA

About Classical

Classical Magnet is a Hartford Host Magnet School serving students from Hartford and its surrounding towns.

Students will be selected by means of a random lottery system based on the guidelines imposed by the available seats. Applicants who are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list for future consideration if space should become available.

New assignments must meet the requirements of ethnic and gender balance. Students selected for admission must complete registration materials in their local districts. Students from districts that do not participate in magnet programs are eligible for Classical Magnet because of the Sheff v. O’Neill settlement.

Classical Magnet School does not discriminate in its acceptance policy, which is based on the magnet lottery system.

All students will enroll in and be actively engaged in a rigorous college preparatory education. Upon acceptance, parents will be required to invite a representative from the school to a PPT meeting prior to end the school year and to provide a current IEP. Parents should also expect to attend a PPT meeting within the first marking period to determine the extent of the accommodations and modifications to be made within the curriculum. Total inclusion is the existing service delivery model implemented at Classical Magnet School. Students with an IEP will have accommodations and modifications made within the curriculum which will prepare them for admission and success to college. These accommodations will be made within the rigorous liberal arts coarses offered to students including but not limited to English/Literature, Algebra, Latin, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy and Pre-Calculus.



If you’d like to contact a current parent to chat more about Classical, please feel free to get in touch with the parents below!  They’d be happy to answer any questions and share their experiences with you.

Greg Cook, Parent of 7th grader and 2 alumni
Wendi Clark, Parent of a 10th grader
Cheryl Tafas, Parent of a 10th grader
Nancy Cadwallader, Parent of two alumni
Mark Bissonnette, Parent of 2 alumni
Jeffrey McGowan, Parent of an alumnus
Lisa Matias, Parent of 2 alumni