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Carpe Diem Student Enrollment in CPS

After a five-year partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, Carpe Diem Preparatory Academy will close at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Carpe Diem students will complete the 2017-18 school year at Carpe Diem, and have the option to transition into a CPS high school, or another educational option, for the 2018-19 school year. CPS will hold two Application Sessions to assist parents of Carpe Diem students choose a high school option for their child for the 2018-19 school year.

The Application Sessions will be held at Carpe Diem from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 5 to assist parents who want to enroll their child in anther CPS high school for the 2018-19 school year. Parents are also able to make an appointment or visit CPS’s Customer Help Center between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily by calling (513) 363-0123.

Carpe Diem Announcement — Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Carpe Diem closing?

Carpe Diem will close at the end of the 2017-18 school year as a result of the end of the school’s partnership with its sponsor, Cincinnati Public Schools. The closure of Carpe Diem was the result of a decision in February 2018 by the Ohio Department of Education to assume the sponsorship of the school.

The closure of Carpe Diem is not a result of any academic programming or the quality of education the students received at the school.

I’m a parent of a Carpe Diem student. What happens now that Carpe Diem has announced its closing?

Most importantly, your student will be able to finish the 2017-18 School Year at Carpe Diem. For the 2018-19 School Year, you have the option to enroll your student at another CPS High School.  Note that some CPS High Schools have special admission requirements; a CPS enrollment team member can help explain these options to you.

More information about high school enrollment

Who can I talk to if I have questions about community or charter schools within CPS?

You can call our Hotline for Carpe Diem Parents in the Customer Help Center at 513-363-0145 and the staff can provide more information or set up an application appointment.

CPS Welcomes Carpe Diem Students — How to Apply for High School

There is a four-step process for Carpe Diem students registering for a CPS High School:

Step One: Attend a Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Application Session at Aiken High School 5641 Belmont Ave, 45224

  • Tuesday, April 3rd from 12 Noon – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 5th from 12 Noon – 6:00 p.m.

If you can’t attend one of these sessions, please make an appointment with the Customer Help Center (CHC) by calling our Hotline for Carpe Diem Parents at (513) 363-0145.

Step Two: Apply for the CPS High School Lottery (one application per child)        

The following items are needed to submit a paper application for High School Lottery

  1. Parent/Guardian’s valid ID
  2. Transcript/Report Card
  3. Birth Certificate

Step Three: Apply to a CPS High School         

Register child for school for the 2018/19 School Year (Online or Paper)

  • Visit the CPS CHC school days only between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Complete and submit online application for each child.


Complete and turn in the paper registration packet for each child. Provide Trailing documents to the CHC in person.

The following are considered trailing documents:

  • Birth Certificate/Passport
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof Address (see Proof of Residency document)
  • Last Report Card/Transcript
  • Photo ID of Parent/Guardian (Only the parent or legal guardian may enroll a student. A legal guardian must present proper documentation.)
  • Proof of custody documentation required.

Wait to receive a High School Lottery status letter from CPS regarding high school award for the 2018/19 school year.

Step Four: Follow the instructions as noted in your High Lottery Status letter.

Contact the following departments for assistance:    

  • Athletics Department 513-363-9501     
  • Customer Help Center (CHC) Kindergarten – 12th Grade 513-363-0123
  • Department of Student Services 513-363-0357
  • English as a Second Language Department Pre-K – 8th Grade 513-363-3251

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