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Facts About Cincinnati Public Schools

Ready for the Real World

Students with ipadCincinnati Public Schools is a progressive and diverse public school district that values teaching and learning that prepares our students to become community and world influencers.

Superintendent Laura Mitchell has established key milestones in each child's educational development; at critical stages, we expect all students to achieve these standards. At CPS, we have a growth mindset, which means all of us are committed to creating a system of continuous improvement, implementing strategic interventions and evaluating our achievement.

Those mile markers are:

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Third Grade Reading and Math Scores
  • Sixth Grade Reading and Math Scores
  • Algebra I and English 9 Scores
  • ACT Score
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • Acceptance into the Three Es Career Pathway

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Our schools are supportive learning environments that provide rigorous curriculum and opportunities for diverse learners to create, connect and engage the world around them. When our students graduate they are ready to compete globally in their chosen pathway — enrolled in higher education, enlisted in the military or employed in their dream career.

Ultimately, our success is measured by the ability of our 5,700 employees, 800 partners and nearly 36,000 families to support each student every step of their educational journey.


Expanded Opportunities and Choices for Families

More families are choosing Cincinnati Public Schools because we offer more choices and options for students in great learning environments. We are focused on student-centered decision making, which means we keep students at the heart of everything we do. 

As a result, our enrollment is growing and our district’s physical footprint is expanding. 

More than 4,000 new students have enrolled at CPS since 2013.

Ten-million dollar state-of-the-art sports facilities: New Stargel Stadium

3 School Communities Expanded

  • Clifton Area Neighborhood School: new site
  • Gamble Montessori High School: new site
  • Gamble Montessori Elementary School: new school

We're Giving More Preschoolers a Strong Start

Kindergarten readiness is a key predictor in future academic achievement. Students who are prepared when they enter kindergarten are better prepared for success in high school.

CPS kindergarteners who attended preschool are 153% more likely to be "on track" on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment in Literacy than students who did not attend a CPS preschool. 

  • 100% CPS preschools with a four- or five-star rating
  • 29.6% increase in preschool students from 2015-16 to 2017-18

Students Making Gains in Early Literacy and Math

Students who read well do better in all subjects they study. 

  • 98.3% of third graders met Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee in 2017-18

Proficiency in Third Grade Literacy Increase:

  • 13.7 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2017-18

Proficiency in Sixth Grade Literacy:

  • 10.3 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2017-18 

Increase in Vision 2020 Cohort 1 Schools Performance Index:

  • 2015-16: 62.2
  • 2016-17: 68.5
  • 2017-18: 71.7    

Students are More Proficient in Math

CPS is making math fun and more accessible. The better students perform in math at an early age, the more successful they are in math in higher grades.

Proficiency in Third Grade Math:

  • 8.5 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2017-18 

Proficiency in Sixth Grade Math:

  • 5 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2017-18

Students are More Prepared for High School

Students who perform well in 9th grade English and Language Arts and Algebra I are destined to do well in other critical subjects, including more advanced math and science, and are better prepared for college and military entrance exams. 

English/Language Arts 9:

  • 13.4 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2017-18

Algebra I:

  • 11.1 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2017-18

Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s World

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My Tomorrow is our initiative to reimagine high school to ensure CPS students graduate from high school prepared for their chosen career pathway — enrolled in college, enlisted in the military and ultimately employed in the competitive workforce. 

My Tomorrow guides students to discovery their passions by providing them career-focused learning opportunities, mentoring, technology, and other support to achieve their goals.

CPS Graduates are Prepared for Life

94.4% of 2019 Graduates Declared Their Career Pathway:

  • 70% Enrolled in Higher Education
  • 2% Enlisted in the Military 
  • 19% Employed in the Workforce

More Students Are Prepared for College

More students are taking Advanced Placement Courses and more students are doing better on AP tests. 

  • 4% Increase in students taking Advanced Placement Courses Since 2015-2016

More students are taking multiple Advanced Placement Courses.

  • 2016-17: 1,048
  • 2017-18: 1,110

ACT Scores:

  CPS Ohio
2016-17 19.0 19.8
2017-18 19.3 19.4


The Class of 2019 earned nearly $80 million in college aid and scholarships!

More Students Are Ready for the World of Work

Our students begin to learn about careers as third graders as part of their Advisory course work. Starting in eighth grade, CPS students explore careers through job shadowing, mock interviews, internships and career-focused learning opportunities. 

Through hands-on experiences, CPS students earn industry credentials and skills that employers demand in competitive career fields. CPS students access a comprehensive education that gives them career-focused learning opportunities, access to College Credit Plus and AP courses, and allows them to participate in traditional high school extra-curricular activities — it’s the home-field advantage. 

  • 15 Career Technical Education Programs
  • 7 Industry Credential Programs
  • 4 Employment Pipeline Programs

57 Businesses Represented 2018 CPS Career Expo

  • 225 volunteers
  • 675 CPS Juniors Attended

Number of CPS Juniors Participating in Job Shadowing with 15 Area Companies: 527 

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