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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 outcome measures 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 key strategic outcomes are:

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Third Grade Reading and Math Scores
  • Sixth Grade Reading and Math Scores
  • Algebra I and English 9 Scores
  • ACT Scores
  • Advanced Placement Course Access and Test Scores
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • Acceptance into the Three E's: Enrolled, Enlisted, Employed

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 pathways — enrolled in higher education, enlisted in the military or employed in their dream careers.

Ultimately, our success is measured by achieving our Call to Action:

All Cincinnati Public Schools students are empowered through student voice, student-centered decision making, and meaningful learning experiences that prepare them to be community leaders and world influencers.

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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 6,018 new students have enrolled at CPS since 2012-2013 — a 20 percent increase.
  • 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

Adding Grades

  • Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students
  • LEAP Academy — Spanish-language 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 (KRA) in Literacy than students who did not attend a CPS preschool. 

  • 100% CPS preschools with a four- or five-star rating from Ohio Department of Education
  • 1,823 CPS preschool students 2018-2019

Students Making Gains in Early Literacy

Students who read well do better in all subjects they study. In 2018, CPS adopted new English/Language Arts curriculum for all grades. 

  • 98% of third graders met Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee in 2018-19
  • Number of third-graders: 2,685
  • Number of third-grade English Language Learners: 177

Proficiency in Third Grade Literacy Increase:

  • 20 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2018-19

Proficiency in Sixth Grade Literacy:

  • 9.3 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2018-19 

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:

  • 5.6 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2018-19 

Proficiency in Sixth Grade Math:

  • 5.2 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2018-19

Students are More Prepared for High School

Students who perform well in 9th grade English/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 the military and employment. Toward our goal of preparing students for life, all CPS high school students take the Microsoft Office Business course.

Ninth Grade English/Language Arts:

  • 9.6 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2018-19

Algebra I:

  • 26.1 percentage points increase from 2015-16 to 2018-19

Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s World

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CPS has reimagined high school to ensure our students graduate prepared for their chosen career pathways — enrolled in college, enlisted in the military and ultimately employed in the competitive workforce.

CPS guides students to discover their passions by providing career-focused learning opportunities, mentoring, technology and other support to achieve their goals.

CPS Graduates are Prepared for Life

93% of 2018 Graduates Declared Their Career Pathway.

CPS Graduation Rate:

  • 6.7 percentage point increase over 4 years
  • Class of 2014 Graduation Rate: 71.2%
  • Class of 2018 Graduation Rate: 77.9%

More Students Are Prepared for College

More students are taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses at all of CPS’ traditional high schools, which offer students opportunities to enter college a step ahead. In 2015, CPS launched the AP Boot Camp to support students who will take AP tests and to introduce them to life on a college campus.

  • 4% Increase in students taking Advanced Placement Courses Since 2015-2016
  • Students taking Advanced Placement Courses 2018-19: 1,726

More students are taking multiple Advanced Placement Courses.

  • 2016-17: 1,048
  • 2017-18: 1,110
  • 2018-19: 957

The Class of 2018 earned nearly $80 million in college aid and scholarships — a $20 million increase from the Class of 2017.

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. 

  • About 1,500 students participate in Career Technical pathways
  • 15 Career Technical Education Programs
    • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
    • Allied Health and Nursing
    • Animal and Plant Sciences
    • Business and Administrative Services
    • Construction Design and Management
    • Culinary Arts
    • Engineering and Design
    • Information Support and Services
    • Interactive Media
    • Manufacturing Operations
    • Media Arts
    • Medical Bioscience
    • Performing Arts
    • Programming and Software Development
    • Visual Design and Imaging
  • 7 Industry Credential Programs
    • Allied Health and Nursing
    • Construction Design and Management
    • Culinary Arts
    • Firefighting and Emergency Medical
    • Services
    • Microsoft Office Specialist
    • Phlebotomy
    • Supply Chain
  • 4 Employment Pipeline Programs
    • Belcan: Cybersecurity
    • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber: Manufacturing
    • Cincinnati Visitors Bureau/Cincinnati Recreation Commission: Hospitality and Tourism
    • DHL Logistics: Supply Chain

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.

  • 57 Businesses Represented 2018-19 CPS Career Expo
  • 175 Business volunteers
  • 675 CPS Juniors Attended

Number of CPS Juniors Participating in Job Shadowing with 15 Area Companies in 2018-19: 526

Number of  College Credit Plus credit hours taken in 2018-19, which earn students college credits while still in high school: 4,632.

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