CPS Lottery

  • CPS Magnet and High School Lottery Application Submission Open From December 6, 2023 to March 1, 2024

    CPS has simplified our lottery process. Magnet and high school lotteries now have only one extended application period.

    You may designate up to three school preferences. All applications submitted during the application period will be processed in a computerized random order. Applications are not processed in a first-come-first-served order.  Prioritization is given to applicants based on established board policies to ensure each student has an equitable chance of being assigned to first-choice schools. To view the board policies, please visit: 

    Approximately six weeks after the lotteries close, CPS will notify you of your child's placement and provide registration instructions.

  • Who SHOULD participate in the online lottery?

  • Who SHOULD NOT participate in the online lottery?

  • Begin the lottery application process:

    1. Create Account

    Begin Lottery Application

    2A. Returning CPS Students: Link Student ID to Account 

    In this step, parents/guardians link their current enrolled child to their FOCUS Parent Portal account using the child's student ID.

    2B. New Students to CPS: Register as a New Student

    In this step, parents/guardians begin the enrollment process by registering their child into CPS.

    • Note: Registering a student into FOCUS does not automatically enroll the student into CPS  

    3. Complete the Lottery Application

    4. Review and Submit Lottery Application

    • Parent/Guardian Reviews and submits Lottery application


WATCH: FOCUS Explanation Video

  • Questions about creating a FOCUS account?  

    • Contact the CPS Family Technology Support Center at 513-363-0688 or FTS@cpsboe.k12.oh.us
    • The Family Technology Support Center is open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m during normal operating days.  


    Questions about the Lottery process?

    • Contact the CPS Customer Care Center at 513-363-0123 or CPSHelp@cpsboe.k12.oh.us
    • Please note the Customer Care Center accepts calls from 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during normal operating days.