CPS Welcomes Out-of-District Students
Cincinnati Public Schools' Board of Education adopted an Interdistrict Open Enrollment (IOE) policy in January 2013, allowing students who live outside the CPS district's boundaries (but in Ohio) to enroll in CPS schools without paying tuition.
CPS' Open Enrollment policy: Board Policy 5113 (also called Interdistrict Open Enrollment)
Out-of-Neighborhood-Attendance-Area Application for Neighborhood Schools
Cincinnati Public Schools’ resident students who want to be enrolled into neighborhood elementary schools that are outside the attendance areas they live in may apply for available seats during the Out-of-Attendance-Area application window April 1-30, 2017.
Note: A neighborhood school may accept out-of-attendance-area students only if the school has vacant seats after enrolling all in-area students.
During the April application window, CPS will inform families of the availability of seats in its neighborhood schools. If there are more out-of-attendance-area applicants than
seats available in a neighborhood school, seats will be allocated through a computerized lottery process.
This policy only applies to neighborhood elementary schools; it does not apply to preschools, magnet schools or high schools.
Students who accept seats at neighborhood schools outside of their attendance areas may not be eligible for district-provided transportation.
Open Enrollment Details
Students who live within CPS’ boundaries have priority for enrollment before out-of-district students are considered.
Students applying under Open Enrollment must meet any entrance criteria required by a CPS school (such as an entrance exam or an audition).
Walnut Hills and Dater high schools: Students who live outside the CPS district boundaries may take the Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP) entrance examination for a $50 fee for entrance into Walnut Hills and Dater high schools.
Testing Schedule 2016-17 SCPP (For entrance in 2017-18)
SCPP Information for Out-of-District Students Or, call CPS' Test Administration: (513) 363-0186
School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA): An out-of-district student interested in applying to SCPA must submit an online application during the Open Enrollment Period, April 1-30, 2017. CPS (not SCPA) will notify parents in June of a child's acceptance via Open Enrollment. If an audition is required (for grades 4-12), the out-of-district student must audition in January 2017, then apply via the online Open Enrollment process in April. SCPA Audition Details
After a child is accepted via Open Enrollment, the child must be enrolled into Cincinnati Public Schools. To enroll, parents/guardians must bring the following documents to the school:
- Student Registration Information Form (Translations of this form)
- One item showing proof of residency
- Valid photo ID of parent or guardian
- Child's birth certificate
- Child's health record
- Final report card
- Verification of kindergarten attendance, if entering first grade
Open Enrollment Gets Passing Grades (Cincinnati Enquirer article - Dec. 12, 2013)
Call Leslie Bryant, CPS' Customer Help Center: (513) 363-0123