Choosing the Right School
Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision. Cincinnati Public Schools offers many educational choices. So how can parents decide what's best for their child?
Consider three major areas:
- Your child's individual needs and progress
- School or program offerings that will meet your child's needs and interests
- How well the school is performing
What We Do
Cincinnati Public Schools educates children in preschool through 12th grade:
- Neighborhood Elementary Schools — (grades K–6 and K–8; preschool at most) Assigned to a child based on the child's home address
- Magnet Elementary Schools — (grades K–6 and K–8; preschool at most) Selected by parents via online lottery application
- Neighborhood Schools with Magnet Programs — (grades K–6 and K–8; preschool at most) Neighborhood program assigned by child's home address; Magnet program selected by parents via online lottery
- High Schools — (grades 7–12) Selected by students and parents via online lottery application (and paper application for upper grades)
- Combination Schools — (grades K–12, 3–12) — Cincinnati Digital Academy (CDA), Oyler School, Riverview East Academy, Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Children (3–12) and School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) — Entrance by various ways depending on the school
Some Cincinnati Public Schools have entrance requirements, such as an academic entrance exam at Walnut Hills High School and auditions for SCPA's upper grades.