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Open Enrollment

CPS Welcomes Out-of-District Students

Students in preschool through 12th grade who live outside the boundaries of the Cincinnati Public School District may apply for admission to CPS schools during the annual Open Enrollment Lottery period.

Open Enrollment Application  Only one application may be submitted per child per school year.

CPS' Board of Education adopted an Open Enrollment policy in January 2013, allowing out-of-district students to enter CPS schools without paying tuition (if they live in Ohio; students accepted from other states must pay tuition).

CPS' Open Enrollment policy: Board Policy 5113 (also called Interdistrict Open Enrollment)

Open Enrollment Lottery application dates for 2020-21 school year

Open Enrollment Details

Students who live within CPS’ district boundaries have priority for enrollment before out-of-district students are considered.

Students (preschool through 12th grade) 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.

For SCPP Information for Out-of-District Students 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. CPS (not SCPA) will notify parents of a child's acceptance via Open Enrollment. If an audition is required (for grades 4-12), the out-of-district student must audition, then apply via the online Open Enrollment process.  SCPA Audition Details


After a child is accepted via Open Enrollment, parent must register the child at the CPS school. To register, parents or guardians must bring the required documents to the CPS school.


Open Enrollment Gets Passing Grades (Cincinnati Enquirer article - Dec. 12, 2013)

Frequently Asked Questions (revised June 2017)
Open Enrollment Guidelines (revised June 2016)

Non-CPS Students Applying to CPS High Schools — In District and Out of District


Call CPS' Customer Care Center: (513) 363-0123

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