The Open Choice program was established by legislation and is intended to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation among students. Through Open Choice, students who are Bridgeport residents have the opportunity to attend school in participating school districts when space is available.
At Cooperative Educational Services, we serve the Bridgeport region and currently six suburban districts participate with Bridgeport. They are Fairfield, Trumbull, Stratford, Westport, Weston, and Easton.
Students from the suburbs may also elect to go into Bridgeport based on available space. Students apply and are chosen in March from a lottery and are placed in districts. CES provides the transportation through a state grant.
There are 265 students enrolled in the program for the 2020-21 school year. Once children enter the program they become the responsibility of the receiving district. This means that students will remain in the district until they have completed high school.
Please note that only students chosen through the lottery will receive notification of placement.
For more information on Open Choice, contact Eric Nyquist or Karen Barnes.