Cincinnati Public Schools believes that students' participation in school-sponsored athletic activities improves academic achievement and should be part of a well-rounded education. CPS offers a variety of athletic activities for grades 7 - 12.
Advantages of athletic participation:
- Supports schools' academic mission, teaching students self-discipline, self-confidence and the skills to handle competitive situations.
- Increases academic performance and reduces dropout rates.
- Promotes the values of a positive lifestyle and good citizenship, and helps reduce the effects of negative peer pressure.
- Reinforces students' positive image of self and school, and minimizes disciplinary problems.
Beyond the Game Newsletter
Interested in finding out more about Cincinnati Public Schools' athletic teams and what is going on around CPS in addition to games? Our newsletter - Beyond the Game - brings you updates from CPS' Athletics Manager and our Athletic Departments around the district.
Elementary School (Grades K-6)
Organized, school-sponsored competition between schools is not allowed at K-6, per the Ohio Department of Education. Some K-6 schools offer team competition for their students through outside organizations such as the Soccer Association for Youth (SAY) and the independent Southwest Ohio Basketball League. Check with your child's school for specifics on the extracurricular sports programs available.
Middle School (Grades 7-8)
CPS offers interscholastic competition for grades 7-8 in football, volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, baseball, and track and field. Annual city championship tournaments are held for football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and track and field. Contact your child's school for information on the specific programs offered.
More information for middle school athletics:
High School (Grades 9-12)
CPS offers a wide variety of athletic programs at high schools for both boys and girls. Programs range from traditional sports such as football and baseball to the non-traditional sports such as fencing and bowling.
View listing of sports by school.
CPS schools belong to the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference (CMAC), the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC), the Miami Valley Conference (MVC) and the Ohio Valley Athletic League (OVAL). Teams compete for both team and individual honors in league-sponsored interscholastic athletic competition throughout the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
Information about specific programs at each school is available from the school's Athletic Director.
High School Athletic Directors contact information - 2016-17 (Revised - 11-28-16)
More information on high school athletics:
Athletics Internship Program
Cincinnati Public Schools is seeking college students interested in intern positions to assist in daily operations within CPS' Athletic Department. College students who are passionate about sports business, marketing and high school athletics and want opportunities to build and expand skills in the sports-administration field may apply online at the link below. This internship offers the unique experience of working directly with CPS' Athletics Manager and the Athletic Directors at our 13 high schools.