Rebuilding And Revitalizing CPS
Dramatic changes are happening on the campuses of Cincinnati Public Schools, as the district moves closer to the end of its massive 10-year rebuilding plan.
The $1-billion Facilities Master Plan (FMP), initially approved in May 2002, replaces inadequate, deteriorating learning spaces with first-class school buildings.
At the end of the plan, CPS' students will be educated in a total of 50 buildings — estimated to be 34 new buildings and 16 fully renovated existing buildings. All will be modern, attractive, efficient and technology-ready buildings designed for 21st century learning.
As of August 2012, 44 school construction projects had been completed.
More information on FMP Progress
These exciting state-of-the-art buildings offer fresh takes on school architecture.
Features include abundant natural light, technology-ready classrooms designed around educational best practices, efficient heating and cooling systems, and welcoming common areas designed for student and community use.
The main offices in the new schools are located close to the visitors' entrance and designed to be welcoming places.
CPS is creating modern, comfortable learning spaces, each with its own design but all giving students equal amenities.
All elementary schools are designed with four enclosed classrooms clustered around open spaces called Extended Learning Areas (ELAs).
Extended Learning Areas allow teachers the flexibility to use the space for such things as tutoring and small-group work.
All elementary buildings also feature rooms designed for art, music and science; equipped computer labs; full-sized gymnasiums; cafeterias with performance stages; and large classrooms with sinks and counter space.
Groundbreakings and grand openings are filling the calendar as numerous projects start up while newly finished buildings open to students. Demolitions also are happening on many sites as old buildings come down to make room for the new.