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College Team

The Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) College Team connects students and their families with opportunities for postsecondary engagement by integrating college-based learning and immersion as an educational strategy; introducing post-secondary experiences and opportunities in partnership and alignment with district, community, and state college access and career partners. The CPS College Team and their partners serve as advocates for equity in post-secondary access and attainment for all CPS students enrolled in grades 7–12 and beyond. 

Three Focuses of College-Based Learning

  • College Readiness — An academic, social, emotional and economic matrix that showcases a student's preparedness for college as an experience. This focus engages K–12 students, families and partners, with guidance from college access and postsecondary partners. 
  • College Access — Providing and knowledge and resources/avenues for students in partnership between K–12 and postsecondary partners to remove barriers and assist students navigating multiple interfacing systems. This focus is adjoint responsibility between the K–12 and postsecondary partners. 
  • College Success — Supporting a student's journey as they matriculate and persist through college toward graduation and further into career placement. This focus relies on the postsecondary partner leading efforts in guidance from the K–12 partner(s). 

College Based Learning Series 

Beyond the Tassel Series

The Beyond the Tassel speaker series was created as an opportunity to connect with students and families around critical topics associated with college and career attainment. The series is streamed online via Facebook live every second and fourth Monday. Students and families get an opportunity to listen and ask questions of area experts in the college and career space. 

Find the 2021–2022 Beyond the Tassel dates.

College Readiness and Access Speaker Series 

Offered to CPS District 7th grade students, this program serves as a broad introduction to what college is all about. Guest speakers — many of whom are College Access or Campus Partners — will level-set with some introductory terms, while also debunking myths that can sometimes become barriers to students entertaining college at this stage.

"How To Make The Most of High School" Event with College Staff Speakers 

Offered to CPS District 8th grade students, this program equips students with tools they can use for a strong start to their high school career, while also illustrating how strong GPA and involvement in extracurricular activities will work to their benefit when they decide to apply to college.

CPS Alumni Student Panels (current college students and recent graduates) 

Offered to CPS District 9th grade students, this program establishes an open dialogue between current CPS students, and current college students (or recent graduates) who hail from the district. Here, 9th grade students have the opportunity to hear about the college experience from the perspective of someone who was “in their shoes” just a few short years ago.

College Campus Visits 

Offered to CPS District 10th grade students, this program provides sophomores with a tangible on-campus experience, during which they explore what it means to be a college student. This experience is meant to enable students to visualize themselves as college students, while also jump-starting discussion around future planning.

CPS College Night

Offered to CPS District 11th grade students, this program affords CPS students and families an opportunity to meet with representatives from over 50 post-secondary programs throughout the region — all in one space. This is particularly impactful for students who are seeking to make a direct connection with multiple institutions and organizations. 

Campus Specific Cohort Programs

Offered to CPS District 12th  grade students, these programs serve as “pre-orientation” events, where students admitted to select institutions are provided with next steps, so that they are prepared for all that will take place (i.e. confirmation, housing, testing, orientation) during the transition from CPS to their post-secondary institution.

College Learning Partners 

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus (CCP) is a dual enrollment program that provides students in grades 7–12 the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from Ohio colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to enhance students' career readiness and postsecondary success, while providing a wide variety of options to college-ready students, at no or limited costs to students and families. Students interested in CCP opportunities can take classes on a college campus, online, or often within their CPS high school building. CPS continues to expand teacher training and college partnerships to offer CCP opportunities in each 7–12 school building. Program qualifications, timelines and course offerings can be found here.  

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