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Open Enrollment

CPS Welcomes Out-of-District Students
Under Open Enrollment Policy

Cincinnati Public Schools' Board of Education adopted an Interdistrict Open Enrollment (IOE) policy in January 2013, allowing students who live outside the CPS district's boundaries (but in Ohio) to enroll in CPS schools without paying tuition.

CPS' Open Enrollment policy: Board Policy 5113  (also called Interdistrict Open Enrollment)

CPS Open Enrollment application dates for 2017-18 school year:  April 1 - 30, 2017

Open Enrollment Application

Students who live within CPS’ boundaries have priority for enrollment before out-of-district students are considered.

Students applying under Open Enrollment must meet any entrance criteria required by a CPS school (such as an entrance exam or an audition). 

Walnut Hills and Dater high schools: Students who live outside the CPS district boundaries may take the Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP) entrance examination for a $50 fee for entrance into Walnut Hills and Dater high schools.

Testing Schedule 2016-17 SCPP (For entrance in 2017-18)

SCPP Information for Out-of-District Students  Or, call CPS' Test Administration: (513) 363-0186

School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA):  An out-of-district student interested in applying to SCPA must submit an online application during the Open Enrollment Period, April 1-30, 2017. CPS (not SCPA) will notify parents in June of a child's acceptance via Open Enrollment. If an audition is required (for grades 4-12), the out-of-district student must audition in January 2017, then apply via the online Open Enrollment process in April.  SCPA Audition Details


After a child is accepted via Open Enrollment, the child must be enrolled into Cincinnati Public Schools. To enroll, parents/guardians must bring the following documents to the school:


Open Enrollment Gets Passing Grades (Cincinnati Enquirer article - Dec. 12, 2013)

Frequently Asked Questions  (revised June 2016)
Open Enrollment Guidelines  (revised June 2016)


Call Leslie Bryant, CPS' Customer Help Center: (513) 363-0123

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