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Student Records (FERPA Compliance)

Records of former students often are needed for employment, continuing education and entrance into the military. Cincinnati Public Schools maintains high standards in records management and is dedicated to providing student records in a prompt, reliable manner for parents, students and qualifying organizations.  CPS follows procedures set by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student education records.

Types of Records

Requests for student records fall into three main categories:

  1. Transcripts — A record of classes taken and grades received.
  2. Graduation Verification — Official letter verifying the graduation date. (Diplomas are unique records, and no copies are made. The only record available is the graduation verification.)
  3. Other Records from the Student Cumulative File — Enrollment and withdrawal information; activities; attendance; test results; discipline records; health and medical records; psychological records (restricted access); child abuse/neglect referrals; work permits; food service applications; and emergency contact information.

Student Records Requests

Student records are confidential. It is important that the district releases these records only to the proper parties. Requests for records of former students usually are processed within six to eight weeks. Student records cannot be released until all financial obligations owed to the district by the student have been paid.

To request records of former students (allow 6-8 weeks for requests to be completed), fill out a Student Record Request Form, and mail or deliver it to:
Cincinnati Public Schools
Attention: Customer Help Center - Inactive Records
P.O. Box 5381
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381

Processing fees - Payment is by cash or money order only. (No personal checks accepted.)

  • Transcript Request = $5 per request
  • Student Graduation Verification = $2 per request
  • Other Records/Information = $2 per request

Special Education Records

If requesting records about a former special education student, such as the child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP), contact the CPS Department of Student Services, (513) 363-0300.

Right to Privacy

Ohio law permits public release of Directory Information on a student unless the parent or guardian requests privacy.

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Student Fees
Student Records

Where to Find Student Records

Records travel with each student, so records are kept at the school the student last attended. Contact Information for CPS Schools.

Current Student with Program & School Still Open

If the student currently is enrolled in a Cincinnati Public school, and the school and program the student last attended still are  operating, contact the school and ask to speak to the School Registrar. These requests usually take about two weeks to fulfill.

Former Student with Program & School Still Open

If the student no longer attends a Cincinnati Public school, but the program and school the student last attended still are operating, contact the school and ask to speak to the School Registrar. These records may be kept off site, so requests may take two to four weeks to fill.

Former Student with Program or School Closed

If the program or school the student last attended has closed, those records have been moved to the Inactive Records Department. For example, a request for records of a student who attended night school at Western Hills High School would go to the Inactive Records Department because the night school program has been discontinued (even though the high school still is open). Inactive Records are stored off site. Requests may take two to four weeks to fill. Call  (513) 363-0438 and speak to the Records Clerk.

Where to Try to Locate Other Records (e.g., yearbooks, school pictures)

The Public Library
Cincinnati Historical Society Library

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