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Enrolling in High School Grades 7-12

2018-19 High School Application Period —
February 20 - March 9, 2018

  • Parents login via PowerSchool to reach the online High School Application portal for students entering high schools in 2017-18.
  • Student link to High School Application online portal to apply to enter high schools in 2017-18.

High School Online Application:  Begins 6 a.m. Feb. 20, 2018; continues until 11:59 p.m. March 9, 2018 - Round 1

  • Round 2 is open April 2-13, 2018
  • Round 3 is open April 30 - May 11,  2018 

Rounds 2 and 3 are only for parents/students who did not enter applications in Round 1.

2017-18 CPS High School Guide - Information about all CPS high schools and how to apply. The 2018-19 guide will be out January 2018.
Translations of High School Guide (available soon for 2017-18)

High School Application Process

CPS does not assign students to high schools based on home addresses. Students and their parents may select from among all CPS high schools.

High schools within Cincinnati Public Schools now serve grades 7-12. This 7-12 grade configuration allows students to begin high school-level work earlier, gain skills faster in demanding subjects such as math and science, and earn high school credits sooner.

Students entering high school at grades 7, 8 and 9 apply to high schools via CPS' online application process, with most seats assigned by random lottery. Exceptions: Walnut Hills High School and School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) do not use the online application process. Applications for these two schools are made at the schools.

Details on applying to high school grades at School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA).
Details on applying to Walnut Hills High School - Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP) 

For the 2018-19 school year, the first round of the online High School Application Period is February 20 - March 9, 2018.

Online high school applications will continue to be accepted after March 4 during the second and third rounds of the lottery; however, waiting until after the first round to submit high school applications is not recommended because students then have far less chance of getting into their first-choice high schools. Many CPS high school fill up quickly. The online High School Application Process ends May 31, 2018. After that, applications to high schools will be accepted at CPS' Customer Help Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, Corryville (45219).

Non-CPS parents who live within CPS' district's boundaries and have children attending private or charter schools in grades 6, 7 and 8 may apply to CPS' high schools by coming to CPS' Customer Help Center at the Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, Corryville (45219). A CPS-network computer must be used to file an online high school application for grades 7, 8 and 9.

Applying to High School for Grades 7, 8 and 9

Non-CPS (In-District) Students Entering CPS

Applying to High School in Upper Grades (10-12)

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