Cincinnati Public Schools' buildings and grounds may be rented by the public for use outside of school hours.
CPS' new or fully renovated buildings are designed as Community Learning Centers (CLCs) to help strengthen ties between Cincinnati Public Schools and its neighborhoods. As part of the CLC concept, the district makes its facilities available for rental before and after school, during evenings and on weekends.
Through partnerships, Cincinnati Public Schools are centers of activity, tailored to each community's individual needs for services, and recreational, educational and cultural opportunities. Whenever possible, new buildings were designed with community areas, such as libraries, computer labs, gyms, auditoriums and conference rooms, located away from classroom wings and close to parking lots and main entrances.
School facilities may be used by groups or organizations for any lawful purpose, as long as the use adheres to Board policies for appropriate use and does not interfere with school operations.
Note to film companies interested in using CPS facilities for movies, commercials, etc.:
A location agreement is required before filming can take place inside CPS' buildings or on CPS' campuses. Contact CPS' Public Affairs Department before contacting schools - (513) 363-0020
Fill out the online application form (revised June 2014) and click "Submit Form" at the top of the form. When the application is accepted, a confirmation email from the school will be sent.
Note: Submiting the rental application form electronically requires Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 9, or later. If you cannot submit your form electronically, please print it and fax it to (513) 363-0720.
Potential renters also must submit evidence of liability insurance - a Certificate of Insurance with a minimum of $1 million coverage.
In addition, Cincinnati Public Schools may require:
- A security and safety plan, which must be submitted 30 days prior to event.
- References and background checks, upon request.
Fees may be charged based on the type of organization requesting the rental, the type of space requested for rental and the anticipated personnel costs. A CPS Building Engineer must be on site for rentals during hours that a building normally is closed. Custodians may be required for set up and clean up for an event. If kitchen equipment will be used, a CPS Food Services employee must be assigned.
Schools determine the final rental cost based on an annual fee schedule (updated January 2015). All fees must be paid prior to the event.