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Ready for the Real World

Students with ipadCincinnati Public Schools is a progressive, diverse school district that values strong teaching and powerful academic initiatives to prepare students for life.

Through rigorous curriculum and supportive partnerships, our students are connected to the world around them and are ready to compete globally after high school graduation. We offer unique learning environments and programs that complement individual student interests and learning styles, helping us earn a national reputation as a top urban school district.

More Families Choosing Cincinnati Public Schools

More than 4,000 New Students Entered CPS Since 2013

  • Enrollment continues to climb, with an increase of 4,462 students since the 2012-13 school year.

(Data Source: Ohio Department of Education District Report Card)

3 New Schools Opened Since August 2017

  • Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students
  • LEAP Academy (Language Enrichment and Academic Proficiency)
  • Rising Stars Academy - Carthage, for Preschool and Kindergarten

We’re Giving More Preschoolers a Strong Start

  • 83% CPS Preschools with a FIVE-STAR RATING
  • More families are seeking our quality preschool programs as the best place to start their child’s education.

508 More Preschoolers

  • 2015-16: 1,308 students
  • 2016-17: 1,478 students
  • 2017-18: 1,816 students

Students Making Gains in Early Literacy

Students who met Ohio’s Third-Grade Reading Guarantee:

  • 84% = 2015-16
  • 96% = 2016-17

Students who met the overall Literacy Proficiency:

  • 30% Proficiency in Third Grade
  • Literacy Increases by 30% since 2015-2016.

(Data Source: Ohio Department of Education District Report Card)

More Families Choosing Their Neighborhood Schools

students building a robotVision 2020, CPS’ comprehensive plan to enhance neighborhood schools, is drawing more students — and bringing some back — to the district. With this plan, neighborhood schools offer innovative specialty programs similar to what is offered in the district’s magnet schools, from fine arts to environmental science, to technology to student enterprise. Vision 2020 has helped increase the Performance Index at these schools an average of 4 percent, from 68.9 in 2015-16 to 71.5 in 2016-17. Enrollment in our Vision 2020 neighborhood schools increased by 202 students in 2017.

Innovative New Vision 2020 Programs

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Art
  • Leadership
  • Career Awareness
  • Project-Based Learning

Vision 2020 helped Increase the Performance Index by 4%

  • 2015-16: 68.9
  • 2016-17: 71.5

(Data Source: Ohio Department of Education District Report Card)

Enrollment Increased in our Vision 2020 Neighborhood Schools

  • 202 Students Enrolled in 2017

CPS' Community Learning Centers Providing Much-Needed Services

  • 44 Resource Coordinators
  • 26 School-based Health Clinics
  • 5 School-based Dental Clinics
  • 2 School-based Vision Clinics

Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s World

Student filming news storyToday’s students are tomorrow’s future employees, entrepreneurs, and business and community leaders. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, CPS’ My Tomorrow Initiative reimagined school and how students are prepared for whatever path they choose — college, military or the world of work.

Our goal is that all seventh-graders will graduate high school within six years with the knowledge needed to confidently pursue their chosen career paths. My Tomorrow helps students discover their passions throughout the course of their education and provides them with the career-based learning opportunities, mentoring, technology and support to achieve their goals.

More Students Taking Advanced Placement Courses

4% Increase in students taking Advanced Placement Courses since 2015-16

  • 2015-16: 1,942
  • 2016-17: 1,928
  • 2017-18: 2,020

More students are taking Multiple Advanced Placement Courses

  • 2015-16: 1,136
  • 2016-17: 1,048
  • 2017-18: 1,110

ACT Scores

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

(Data Source: PowerSchool Student Information System)

Leveraging Strategic Partnerships and Career-Based Learning for Success Beyond Graduation

UC partnership agreementWhile we’ve infused our curriculum with experiences for students to discover their career interests, our strategic partnerships help expose our students to what is available and expected as they prepare to join the region’s future workforce.

  • College Consortium — Partnership convening of college campus & college access partners
  • University of Cincinnati — Information Technology Early College Program
  • Miami University — Miami Cincinnati Scholars
  • Cincinnati State — "Be Great" Grant and Cohort Program
  • DHL — Logistics CO-OP Program (launched 2018)

CPS partnered with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Action Team to create the Business Advisory Council, which links CPS students with business volunteers for mentoring, job shadowing and internships. Our annual CPS Career Expo exposes students to local colleges and businesses to experience first-hand the variety of career opportunities.

  • 55 Businesses represented at the 2017 CPS Career Expo
  • 145 Volunteers involved
  • 760 CPS Juniors attended

Preparing Students for College and Thriving Careers

93% of 2018 CPS Graduates declared:

  • Acceptance into a college program
  • Enlistment in the military
  • Entering the workforce

76% of 2018 CPS Graduates declared College Acceptance

  • $80 Million in College Scholarships
  • $20 Million Increase from 2017

(Data Source: High School Guidance Counselors)

Data verified as of September 2018

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