• The Board’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals


    Cincinnati Public Schools will be a community that ensures equitable access to a world-class education, unleashing the potential of every student.


    We educate all students with rigor and care in a culture of excellence to develop engaged citizens who are prepared for life.

    Equity and Excellence in Education (Board Policy 2255)

    Our students, staff, and stakeholders bring their personal backgrounds into our schools and the District is richer for it. Each of them has a legitimate expectation to have a barrier-free learning environment counteracting the contemporary and historical impact of bias, prejudice, and discrimination which, for generations, has produced a predictability of learning outcomes based on race, class, socioeconomics, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, cognitive/physical ability, diverse language fluency, and religion.

    Anti-Racism Vision (Board Policy 2256)

    The Cincinnati Board of Education (“Board”) and the Cincinnati City School District (“District”) reject all forms of racism as destructive to the District’s mission, vision, values, and goals.  The Board is committed to the following principles:​

    • Establishing and sustaining a school community that shares the collective responsibility to confront, eliminate, and prevent actions, decisions, and outcomes that result from and perpetuate racism.
    • Embracing the racial diversity within our District while actively eliminating practices that perpetuate the racial disparities among our students so that all students have the opportunity to benefit equally referenced in the District’s Board Policy 2255 - Equity and Excellence in Education.
    • Acknowledging that racism is often compounded by other forms of discrimination, including, but not limited to, those protective classes referenced in the District’s Board Policy - 2260 Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity.

    Board Priorities

    The Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education will relentlessly pursue its Vision and Mission of academic excellence for the students in its care by adhering to five priorities:

    • Student-Centered Decision Making
    • Health and Safety
    • Community Engagement and Influence
    • Optimized Capabilities
    • Growth

    Strategic Goals

    Learn more about the Board's Goals and Guardrails here: https://www.cps-k12.org/goalsandguardrails

    Student-Centered Decision Making — We put students first.

    We will ensure students are at the center of all decision making to create equitable educational opportunities and unmatched experiences that deliver results.

    Health and Safety — We focus on personal well-being.

    We will commit to putting the safety, physical, social, and emotional health of our students, staff, and partners at the forefront of everything we do.

    Community Engagement and Influence — We are empowered by our communities.

    We will create unmatched opportunities for meaningful student, family, and community engagement that positively impact student outcomes and inspire collaboration.

    Optimized Capabilities — We get better.

    We will intentionally design data-informed, customer-focused, and user-friendly processes to create efficient and effective systems.

    Growth — We are our communities' first choice for education.

    We celebrate the diversity of our communities and will deliver exceptional educational experiences in all neighborhoods, expanding the CPS footprint and empowering families to choose CPS as their destination school district.

    View and download our community-designed Strategic Plan here: Board of Education Strategic Plan *

    * The CPS School Board is currently establishing the process for an updated strategic plan.