Applying to High School via Online Lottery
Online High School Application
Opens 6 a.m. Feb. 20, 2017, and closes 11:59 p.m. March 3, 2017
Applications for grades 7, 8 and 9 are not accepted at the high schools; they must be submitted online, and most seats are awarded through a lottery system.
Exceptions: Walnut Hills High School and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) do not participate in the district's online high school application process. Apply at the schools.
Exception: Parents of CPS students who now attend CPS high schools in grades 7-12 and who want to change high schools should apply in person at the high schools they select. Information
High school applications are submitted online ONE of two ways.
- Parents of current CPS students -- Submit applications from any Internet-connected computer via Powerschool. Computers are available for parents' use at all CPS schools. (Call the school for office hours.)
- CPS students currently in grades 6, 7 and 8 (from CPS K-6 and K-8 schools) -- Submit applications at their current CPS schools using school computers.
How the Lottery Works
- CPS parents enter the high school lottery on the CPS website, using any Internet-connected computer. Students entering the lottery on school computers will enter applications via a different portal; staff will assist students. Parents of non-CPS students must use CPS-networked computers.
- Select one high school as a top choice, then list four other high school choices in order of preference (in case the top choice is filled).
- Sibling preference applies only to a student's first-choice high school. This means a student will be given priority over other students to enter a sibling's high school. The sibling must currently attend the student's first-choice high school in grades 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11, and must live at the same address.
- Starting in March 2017, applications to the lottery will be processed in random order by computers at CPS' Central Office (to assure that each application received during the application period has an equal chance to be assigned to first-choice schools).
- Parents will be notified by letter, about two weeks after the lottery closes, about high school lottery placement.