To settle desegregation lawsuits over the past several decades, the City of Hartford agreed to create "magnet schools" -- public schools with enriched programs. Students are supposed to be chosen by lottery. Capital Prep is the leading magnet school in Hartford, both academically and athletically.
Wonder why their academic rankings were the highest and why they won state championships in football and girl's basketball? There is an easy answer. A recent investigative report by the Hartford Courant and a governmental audit discovered that about one third of Capital Prep's students bypassed the lottery and were admitted based on their high academic or athletic ability.