Cincinnati Public Schools’ Superintendent Mary Ronan announced eight new programs that will be launched at nine neighborhood schools in time for the 2017-18 school year. In addition, Superintendent Ronan announced the opening of two new magnet schools and a new elementary school, also in time for the new school year.
Last year, CPS conducted a stakeholder survey, which revealed that stronger neighborhood schools should be the district’s top priority. Nine neighborhood schools are being enhanced with special programs that offer students unique ways to apply academic concepts through hands-on activities and project-based learning. These new programs and locations are as follows:
- Bond Hill Academy - Math and Science Discovery
- College Hill Fundamental Academy - Expeditionary Learning
- Ethel M. Taylor Academy - New Tech
- John P. Parker School - Global Environmental Literacy
- Mt. Washington School - Expeditionary Learning
- Rockdale Academy - Global Conservation
- Roll Hill Academy - High Technology
- South Avondale School - Creative Integration of Arts and Sciences
- Frederick Douglass School - Dance and Movement
These nine schools join seven other neighborhood schools that received new programs in time for the current school year.
New Magnet Schools for 2017-18
Superintendent Ronan also announced the opening of the Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students, a new citywide magnet school. The success of the Gifted Academies at Hyde Park and Cheviot schools has attracted more students than those schools can accommodate. Spencer Center will help meet the increasing demand and will serve students in grades 3-8 initially, with additional grades added, each year, up to grade 12.
Spencer Center will be located in the former Frederick Douglass School building on Alms Street in Walnut Hills. The building is under renovation.
Cincinnati Public Schools also will open LEAP Academy at North Fairmount as a West-side magnet school offering world language instruction in Spanish. LEAP, which stands for Language Enrichment and Academic Proficiency, initially will serve grades preK-3, and will expand each year up to grade 6.
The North Fairmount building also is under renovation.
New Early Learning Center in Carthage
Cincinnati Public Schools also will open Rising Stars Academy at Carthage inside the former Carthage School. This early learning center will serve preschool and kindergarten students starting next year. Carthage joins Rising Stars Academy at Vine, the district’s other free-standing preschool. With this expansion, Cincinnati Public Schools will add 420 new preschool seats and will be able to serve more than 2,000 preschool students starting next year.
The new neighborhood programs, magnet schools and preschool expansion efforts reflect both Board of Education and stakeholder priorities to improve neighborhood schools and increase quality educational options to meet diverse student needs and expand choices for families.