Office of the Superintendent

March 30, 2020

Dear Families,

In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the school closure, Cincinnati Public Schools’ buildings will remain closed through at least May 1, 2020.

However, teaching and learning will continue. We have been working for weeks to ensure that students can continue their studies remotely. We also are prepared to serve students who do not have access to technology or internet at home.

Our meal distribution program will continue, as well as the services we offer to students with special learning needs. A limited number of our School-Based Health Centers will remain open, and you can find a list of those locations on our website at cps-k12.org.

To keep students engaged in learning, we will launch our Remote Learning Plan for all students, grades preschool to 12. Included will be digital lessons, hard-copy Enrichment Learning Packets, resources for parents, tips for structuring the school day, and more. We also are exploring opportunities to broadcast academic lessons through cable partners to ensure that content gets to as many students as possible. We will be releasing more information about our Remote Learning Plan later this week.

As we navigate these challenging times, I remain hopeful. Our school family – including teachers, staff and community volunteers – has truly stepped up for our city’s young people. So far, we have given out more than 50,000 meals and countless hygiene kits. Our teachers are instructing from their homes and are reaching out to students without online access. It is clear that our passion for empowering the next generation of world leaders has only grown stronger.

I also am grateful to you, our parents and guardians. I know this hasn’t been easy. But I am hopeful today because I know that we can get through this together.

The challenge of educating more than 37,000 students without classrooms is momentous. But, I am confident that learning in Cincinnati Public Schools will continue. We are #CPSUnited, and we will come through this stronger than ever before.

Please continue to visit our website at cps-k12.org for important updates. We will have much more information to share in the weeks to come.


Laura Mitchell, Superintendent

Education Center · P.O. Box 5381 · Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381 · 513-363-0050 · Fax: 513-363-0060 · cps-k12.org

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Grades 7-12 High Schools

High Schools of Choice — Grades 7–12

High School GuideThere’s an added excitement to reaching high-school age in Cincinnati Public Schools — students, with their parents/guardians, get to pick their high schools.

The High School Guide is designed to help students and parents/guardians make the important decisions necessary to choose and apply for Cincinnati Public Schools' high schools.

2020-21 CPS High School Guide

Apply to a CPS High School

Today’s students are our region’s future employees, entrepreneurs and community leaders. CPS ensures that students graduate with the knowledge needed to confidently pursue chosen career paths. Students select from high-school programs with special focuses that lead into careers and higher education.

CPS’ high schools serve grades 7-12. This gives students an early start on mastering tougher academic standards and graduation requirements.

Why did CPS adopt a 7–12 high school model?

What do all CPS high schools have in common?

  • All prepare students for college. A diploma from CPS is recognized by all colleges and universities. In addition, all CPS high schools now have earned accreditation from the nationally recognized AdvancEd organization, which requires rigorous examination of each high school’s learning environment. (Exceptions: Virtual High School and Cincinnati Digital Academy; online schools require separate accreditation. Spencer Center, a new school, will start accreditation process when eligible.)
  • All offer sports and extracurricular activities (except Virtual High School and Cincinnati Digital Academy).
  • All are open to students with disabilitiesIf your child requires specialized placement, call CPS' Department of Student Services: (513) 363-0357
  • All are open to any child living anywhere inside the Cincinnati Public School District.  Cincinnati Public Schools does not have address boundaries for its high schools, so a student is not assigned to a high school based on a home address. However, some high schools have entrance requirements.
  • Students in preschool through 12th grade who live outside the boundaries of the Cincinnati Public School District may apply for admission to CPS schools during the annual Open Enrollment Lottery.

There are many choices within Cincinnati Public Schools' high schools, which offer dozens of career-interest and college-preparatory 

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