By Ann Heise Kult
Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) enrollment continues to grow and is projected to hit 36,282 for the 2019-2020 school year. "That’s 458 more students than the previous school year," says Sarah Trimble-Oliver, the district’s chief information officer.
"This is unique for urban districts around the country, and it definitely far surpasses any other urban district in Ohio as far as growth," Trimble-Oliver says.
She cites a report showing CPS enrollment is far outpacing other Ohio urban school districts. Specifically, from 2013-2017, seven of the state’s Urban 8 school districts — Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown — gained 682 students combined. During the same time period, 4,462 more students enrolled in CPS.
To what does Trimble-Oliver and CPS attribute this exciting boost in student enrollment?
"There are two reasons for this growth that we can see from our data. We are seeing an increase in the number of school-age children in the City of Cincinnati, so some of that growth can be attributed to more families living in the city. The second reason is, we do have more parents choosing our schools over charter schools in our district, which may be the biggest contributor to our growth."