Magnet Enrollment

Applying to Magnet Elementary Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools' magnet elementary schools offer a variety of content focuses and teaching styles to give parents and students educational choices. Parents choose to send their children to magnet elementary schools via the annual application process. (The district assigns students to neighborhood elementary schools based on home addresses.)

Information and magnet sign-up dates apply only to in-district students (living within the Cincinnati Public School District's boundaries). Students who live outside CPS may apply to CPS schools ONLY during the Open Enrollment Lottery, April 1-30.
(Out-of-district students applying for preschool spaces under the Open Enrollment program must apply at the school they want to attend. Preschool applications cannot be accepted via the Open Enrollment Lottery in April.

SCPA: Scroll down this page for documents specific to the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA).

Magnet School Guide 2015-16  (will be updated for 2016-17 school year in Fall 2015)
(17-page booklet; Guide information is included on Web pages)

Magnet Schools One-page Summary Chart 2015-16

Parents first must apply (one-page application form) to a magnet school for their child via the annual magnet application  process. After a child is accepted into a magnet school, parents must complete a CPS enrollment packet for their child.

Magnet Program-Specific Application Requirements

Magnet Application Periods 2016-17

Magnet School Sign-up Dates for 2016-17 School Year

Early Application Period - Siblings — Oct. 5 - 16, 2015

  • Parents must go to the school to put in an application. Call the school for application hours.
  • Students participating in the Early Application Period must meet a school's eligibility requirements, if any.

Application form available here and at magnet schools Fall 2015.

Who may apply during this Early Application period?

  • A sibling of an in-district student already enrolled in a magnet school may apply to the sibling's magnet school.  Entering students will be given priority over other students to enter a sibling’s magnet school. The sibling must live within the CPS district and must currently attend the magnet school in grades preschool to 5 (or, at AMIS, AWL, Roberts or Roselawn Condon, to grade 7), and must live at the same address.

Parents must go to the school to put in a magnet application. Call the school for hours.

Regular Application Period — (In Area and Citywide)

Begins November 18, 2015; continues through June 30, 2016

Application form available here and at magnet schools Fall 2015.

Regular Application Period is for

  • In-district students who live within the areas (East or West) of the magnet elementary schools they want to attend.
  • In-district students who want to apply to citywide magnet schools.

Parents must go to the school to put in a magnet application. Call the school for hours.

Residents Out-of-Area Application Period — Begins January 19, 2016

Sign-up begins for any in-district student who lives outside the East or West area of a chosen magnet elementary school. A magnet school may accept out-of-area applications only if the school has no waiting list.

Parents must go to the school to put in a magnet application. Call the school for hours.

Magnet Preschool and Kindergarten Requirements

About Magnet Enrollment

Magnet school applications are handled entirely at the magnet school the child wants to attend (except applications received via the Kindergarten Lottery).

Each school sets its own hours for accepting magnet applications within the application period dates set by the district.

First-Come Method

Parents are encouraged to apply early within the designated application periods. Most students are accepted into magnet elementary schools on a first-come basis. Students not accepted into magnet programs attend their neighborhood elementary schools.

Waiting lists: A student's name may be on a waiting list at several magnet schools. However, once the student is accepted into a magnet school, the student's name is removed from all waiting lists.

Acceptance: If a space is available and all entrance requirements are met, a student will be accepted immediately into the magnet school when the parent comes to the school to apply.

Application Process

Application Forms: Application forms are available at the schools and on CPS' Website several days before an application process begins.

  • All magnet applications submitted will be stamped with a date and time.
  • No applications will be accepted, and no waiting lists created, prior to the official application cycle.

Enrollment: After a child is accepted into a magnet school and before the school year begins, the parent must fill out the CPS enrollment form to complete the process.

Exception: School for Creative and Performing Arts

For students applying to the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), application forms are available below, at the school or on the school's Website:

To be considered for admission into SCPA for grades 4-12 for the 2015-16 school year, all students must complete and submit an SCPA Application (including all supporting materials requested in the application), and prepare and complete an SCPA audition.

Please click on ALL of the following PDF links to download all required application and audition information.

2015-2016 Criteria Letter for Admission (students entering grades 4-12)
2015-2016 SCPA Application (students entering grades 4-12)  
2015-2016 Audition Preparation Packet (students entering grades 4-12) 
2015-2016 Arts Teacher Recommendation Form (students entering grades 4-12)  
2015-2016 Academic Teacher Recommendation Form (students entering grades 4-12) 

For K-3 applications to SCPA:

K-3 Admissions Procedures Packet 2015-16

Information or assistance for all Magnet school applications and enrollment: 
CPS' Customer Help Center, (513) 363-0123