Cincinnati Public Schools serves students in the elementary grades (preschool – 6, or in a few schools, preschool – 8) in neighborhood schools (assigned by a child's home address) and magnet schools (selected by parents).
Neighborhood schools are the foundation of Cincinnati Public Schools, providing strong college-preparatory curriculum and enriching after-school activities, and serving as gathering places and anchors for the community. Students attend neighborhood schools unless their parents choose to enroll them in magnet elementary schools.
Students are assigned to neighborhood elementary schools according to home addresses. The district determines the boundaries for each neighborhood school. To find the elementary school assignment for a specific address, use our Interactive Cropper Map System in School Finder.
Most neighborhood schools are Community Learning Centers with partnerships to provide necessary support services to ensure academic achievement for all students.
Cincinnati Public Schools’ magnet elementary schools offer programs aimed at students' different interests and learning styles.
Started in the 1970s, CPS’ nationally recognized magnet elementary schools offer parents many choices for their children’s education.
CPS offers nine magnet programs in elementary schools located around the district. The choices include teaching methods — such as Montessori and Paideia — and content focuses — such as foreign language, the arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and college-preparatory curriculums.
The Magnet School Guide contains for all information about magnet schools and the online lottery application process.
Magnet elementary schools are grouped into three categories: East, West and Citywide, based on the street address where the child lives. Magnet programs are offered to students living anywhere in the district (citywide programs) or to students living in either area (East or West).
To find your child's magnet area based on home address, use the online Find School Assignment tool.
All magnet elementary schools are open to students with disabilities.