For Immediate Release November 2, 2016
Contacts: Janet Walsh, Director, CPS Public Affairs: (513) 363-0023, 207-8181, firstname.lastname@example.org
CPS Enrollment Increases in October 2016 Headcount—Five-Year Rise in Students Reverses Years of Decline
Cincinnati Public Schools gained more than 1,000 new students in the 2016-17 school year, exceeding projections and achieving increases in enrollment for the fifth consecutive year.
According to the district’s annual October headcount “snapshot,” 35,159 preschool through 12th-grade students were enrolled in the district’s 56 schools, representing an increase of 1,055 students over last school year and 47 students over projections.
The increase advances a five-year trend of higher enrollment during which the district has gained more than 2,800 students, an 8 percent rise. The last time CPS exceeded an enrollment of 35,000 students was in the 2006-07 school year, when the headcount was 35,052.
“We are tremendously pleased that more families are choosing our schools for the education of their children, and we believe this reflects the progress we are making as a district,” said Superintendent Mary Ronan.
Ronan noted that increases occurred at both elementary and high schools, and in neighborhood schools as well as magnet schools.
Enrollment rose in five of the district’s first seven Vision 2020 elementary schools, which opened this school year with new programming as a part of a multiyear plan to strengthen neighborhood schools, following surveys and community feedback showing this is the top priority of district stakeholders. Increases occurred at Cheviot (Gifted); Hays-Porter (High Technology); Pleasant Hill Academy (Environmental Science); Westwood (Student Enterprise) and Woodford Paideia (Arts and Culture.)
Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Preschool Promise are seeking on the November 8 ballot a combined five-year, emergency levy of 7.93 mills generating $48 million annually. While enrollment has risen, the district has not had a local operating increase in eight years.
If approved by voters, $15 million a year would be targeted to expand access to quality preschool. The remaining $33 million annually would be used by CPS to strengthen programming to ensure that all schools are high-performing; provide additional technology to bridge the digital divide; expand college and career-readiness programs to better prepare students for success in the workforce; and provide essential educational services for the district’s growing student enrollment.