About Magnet Elementary Schools
Cincinnati Public Schools uses an online lottery process for application into its magnet elementary schools.
Note: Parents of current CPS students must have their child's PowerSchool ID number to submit a magnet school application.
CPS' magnet elementary schools offer a variety of interesting content focuses and teaching styles to give parents and students educational choices. Parents choose to send their children to magnet elementary schools by applying during the district's annual online lottery application process.
Magnet School Guide - 2019-20 (multipage PDF)
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about CPS' magnet school online lottery application
Magnet Schools - 2019-20 (1-page PDF chart)
Board Policy No. 5113.01 - details about how CPS' lottery prioritizes applications for preschool and magnet elementary schools
Other school options are CPS' thriving neighborhood elementary schools, to which students are assigned based on home addresses. To find the elementary school assignment for a specific address, use our online Interactive Cropper Map System in School Finder.
Application Process for Magnet Elementary Schools
Application Dates (to apply for the 2019-20 school year)
Sibling Application Period
Process: Siblings are given priority to enter magnet schools. Paper applications must be submitted at the magnet school during the Sibling Application Period; this applicaton is not part of the online lottery process. Parents should call the magnet school for office hours for handing in paper applications.
Who may apply during the Application Period for siblings?
Siblings of in-district students already enrolled in magnet schools may apply to the sibling's magnet schools. The entering student must meet the magnet school's eligibility requirements, if any, and live within the CPS district at the same address as the current student.
Magnet School Online Lottery Application
Process: Applications to Cincinnati Public Schools' magnet elementary schools are submitted online and seats are given out via random lottery. The lottery process starts at kindergarten; information about magnet preschools is below.
Parents may submit online applications from any computer or tablet with Internet access. Entry time of an application during a round does not matter, but it is important to submit an application during Round 1 for the best opportunities to get into desired magnet schools before they fill up.
The Magnet School Online Lottery Application period is for:
- In-district students who live within the East or West areas of the magnet elementary schools they want to attend
- In-district students who want to apply to citywide magnet schools
- Siblings who did not apply during the Early Application Period for siblings
If needed, parents may enter the Magnet School Online Lottery Application Process using computers in CPS schools or at CPS' Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, 45219 (Corryville) in the Customer Care Center, (513) 363-0123.
Residents Out-of-Area (East & West) Application Period
Process: A magnet school may accept an out-of-area application if the magnet school has no waiting list. The Out-Of-Area Application Period is not part of the online application process. Paper applications must be turned in at the magnet schools where applying. Parents must provide transportation to out-of-area magnet schools.
Magnet Preschool Requirements
CPS’ preschool programs give children a strong start as they begin their educational journey. Preschool is not mandatory, but children who attend preschool gain valuable skills — such as how to count, to share and play with others, and to follow instructions — while enjoying new experiences.
Not every magnet school offers preschool. Parents who want to apply for a seat in kindergarten at a magnet school must participate in the regular application process, detailed above.
After a child is accepted into a magnet school and before the school year begins, the parent/guardian must fill out the Student Registration Information Form and complete the registration process, which includes required documentation.
Only a parent or legal guardian may register a student in school. A legal guardian must present proper documentation (i.e., custody granted by a court or accredited agency).
Important: The information on this page applies only to in-district students (living within the Cincinnati Public School District's boundaries). Students who live outside CPS may apply to CPS schools ONLY during the Open Enrollment Online Application Period. In-district students get priority for seats in CPS schools.
Information, assistance for magnet school applications and registration: CPS Customer Care Center (513) 363-0123