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Navigating Our Future

A Roadmap to Destination Cincinnati Public Schools — Our community-designed Strategic Plan

Executive Summary

The Cincinnati Public Schools Strategic Plan A Roadmap to Destination Cincinnati Public Schools is a roadmap to ensure that Cincinnati Public Schools is a District of Destination — for students, families, staff, and partners, and to drive the District's goals, strategies, and measures for Equity, Engagement, and Excellence.

This Strategic Plan reflects the community's expectations, and the success depends on those served by it, as well as internal and external stakeholders. Equity and engagement are pathways to excellence that is based on the District’s cultural tenets. This plan:

  • Charts a course for the District's future;
  • Guides the District’s direction for growth and advancement;
  • Encompasses strategic thinking, informed planning, continuous improvement, and financial sustainability and accountability measures.

In the 2016-17 school year, CPS created Vision 2020, an initiative to ensure that our neighborhood schools have curriculum and enrichment programming on par with magnet schools. Since its inception, the performance index at Vision 2020 schools has increased an average of four percent, and enrollment at Vision 2020 schools has increased by hundreds of students.

Our My Tomorrow initiative ensures that our students graduate prepared for life after high school — enrolled in higher education, enlisted in the military, and ultimately employed in their chosen career paths. Students begin learning about careers in third grade and by high school are active in job shadowing, career expos and career-focused learning opportunities with local businesses. In fact, 94 percent of the Class of 2019 declared their intention for post-graduation plans.

Today, as a result of these and other strategic investments, we are not only Ohio's fastest growing large city District, but we’re also the best performing. This growth in size and expansion of educational opportunities demands a strategic effort focused on long-term financial planning driving academic achievement, personal well-being and career readiness.

During the summer of 2018, the CPS Board of Education established the Strategic Engagement and Planning (StEP) Committee. The StEP Committee is a 30-member team charged with envisioning a three-year strategic plan, with the first year of implementation set for the 2019-20 School Year.

As a result of this, A Roadmap to Destination Cincinnati Public Schools, all of our students will have access to a 5-Star quality preschool, and our neighborhood schools and magnet schools will be unique in focus but alike in high quality. Our high schools will maintain national recognition and certification, and will offer more choices in academics and extracurricular enrichment. Our investment in the employee experience will create positive learning environments.
This strategic plan will ensure that all CPS students are prepared for life through:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Personal Well-Being
  • Career Readiness

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