The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School is one of 17 magnet 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.

Visit us at an upcoming in person Open House on one of the following dates:

  • 12/12/23, 5:30-7:00 PM
  • 1/27/24, 10:00-11:30 AM
  • 2/9/24, 10:00-11:30 AM

Students interested in attending CREC Schools apply through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO). 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 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. 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 the 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.

The 2024-25 application opens on December 4!


Attend the next RSCO Fair click here
Submit Application click here
Accept Placement
Register with your child's school

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


Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary 5th grade students have a direct pathway option to attend 6th grade at Academy of Aerospace and Engineering. To be considered for this direct pathway placement, you must submit an on-time 2024-25 RSCO online application with Academy of Aerospace and Engineering as your first choice.

Priority may be given to students coming from another magnet school for a limited number of seats. 

Sending School Receiving Schools For 2024-25 RSCO School Choice

CREC Academy of Aerospace & Engineering Elementary School

AcademoAerospace and Engineering

Academy of Science and Innovation

Greater HartforAcademof thArts Middle School

CREC Academy of International Studies 6-12

CREC Academy of Computer Science and Engineering Middle

Should you have any questions about the application process or need assistance with your application, please contact the CREC Welcome Center by phone at 860-509-3700
or visit in person at 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06016.