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.
CPS' Board of Education adopted an Interdistrict Open Enrollment (IOE) 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).
Board Policy 5113 (also called Interdistrict Open Enrollment)
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.
SCPP Testing Schedule 2017-18 (For entrance in 2018-19)
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, May 1-31, 2018. 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 2018, then apply via the online Open Enrollment process in May. 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 following documents to the CPS 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)
Non-CPS Students Applying to CPS High Schools — In District and Out of District
Call CPS' Customer Help Center: (513) 363-0123