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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)

Open Enrollment application dates for 2018-19 school year:  May 1 - 31, 2018

The Application form for Open Enrollment and for Out of Neighborhood Attendance Area will be available by May 1, 2018 (This application is used for both procedures.) 

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 30 to May 18, 2018.

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.

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 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:


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 Leslie Bryant, CPS' Customer Help Center: (513) 363-0123

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