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Cincinnati Public Schools Back-to-School 2016

August 23, 2016
Back-to-School 2016 Local Media Coverage
With the rise in enrollment, strengthened neighborhood programs extending the My Tomorrow Initiative deeper into all CPS schools, and a new preschool and community support, CPS has garnered great news coverage for its first day back.

CPS Opens 2016-17 School Year with Rising Enrollment, New Programs Cincinnati Public Schools’ enrollment is projected to grow to 35,112 students in preschool through 12th grade for the 2016-17 school year — up from 34,104 in 2015-16 and continuing a three-year upward trend.

The 2016-17 school year kicked off smoothly on August 17, with the opening of a new preschool-only building in Mt. Auburn to accommodate an additional 400 preschoolers and the launch of new programming at seven neighborhood schools.

Called the Rising Stars Academy at Vine, the new preschool center occupies the newly renovated former Vine Street School building and offers 10 preschool classrooms. Six additional new preschool classrooms are offered at two locations on the district’s west side.

CPS also started five new programs at seven neighborhood schools on August 17: Arts and Culture at Chase School and Woodford Paideia Academy; Student Enterprise at  Rothenberg Preparatory Academy and Westwood School; Environmental Science at Pleasant Hill Academy; High Technology at Hays-Porter School; and the Gifted Academy West at Cheviot School.

The new programs are in response to surveys and community feedback indicating that strengthening CPS’ neighborhood schools was a top priority of district stakeholders. The programs were chosen with community input as being good fits for their neighborhoods.

CPS’ Food Services staff served more than 20,000 breakfasts and 30,000 lunches on the first day of school. Every day, CPS serves more meals than any restaurant chain combined in Cincinnati -- and we do it in two hours.

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