Interested in Preschool?

  • We have high-quality, 4- and 5-Star-rated preschools ready to enroll your child. Call (513) 363-0240 for more information. Or, fill out the preschool interest form, and you will be contacted about a CPS preschool for your child.

    Preschool registration — for both magnet and neighborhood schools — is handled online or at four hub schools located around the Cincinnati Public School District.

    Online Student Registration 

    How to Make an Appointment

    Preschool registration appointments are accepted between 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Friday. A convenient Preschool Registration location will be determined when scheduling your appointment. 

    To make an appointment, call a Preschool Registration Hub at (513) 363-0240.

    • Rising Stars at Vine, Option 1
    • LEAP Academy, Option 2
    • Rising Stars at Carthage, Option 3

    (To determine your preschool's Hub, see the chart below.)

    • Hub 1 — Rising Stars at Vine, 2120 Vine Street, 45202
    • Hub 2 — LEAP Academy, 2001 Baltimore Avenue, 45225
    • Hub 3 — Rising Stars at Carthage School, 125 W. North Bend Road, 45216
    • Hub 4 — Rising Stars at Cheviot/Westwood, 3132 Mozart Avenue, 45211
HUB 1: VINE HUB 2: LEAP ACADEMY HUB 3: CARTHAGE HUB 4: CHEVIOT/WESTWOOD
Rising Stars at AWL Rising Stars at Carson Rising Stars at AMIS Rising Stars at Cheviot/Westwood
Rising Stars at Aiken Rising Stars at Chase Rising Stars at Bond Hill
CANS Rising Stars at Cheviot Rising Stars at Carthage
Dater Montessori Rising Stars at College Hill Rising Stars at Douglass
Rising Stars at Ezzard Charles Rising Stars at Covedale Rising Stars at Evanston
Fairview at Rising Stars Vine Rising Stars at Ethel M. Taylor Rising Stars at JP Parker
Rising Stars at Mt. Washington Gamble Montessori Pleasant Ridge Montessori
North Avondale Montessori Rising Stars at Gamble Rising Stars at Rockdale
Rising Stars at Riverview East Rising Stars at Hays-Porter Rising Stars at Roselawn
Rising Stars at Rothenberg Rising Stars at LEAP Rising Stars at Silverton
Sands Montessori Rising Stars at Midway Rising Stars at South Avondale
Rising Stars at Vine Street Rising Stars at Mt. Airy Rising Stars at Taft Elementary
Rising Stars at Oyler Rising Stars at Winton Hills
Rising Stars at Pleasant Hill Rising Stars at Woodford
Rising Stars at Rees E. Price
Rising Stars at Roberts
Rising Stars at Roll Hill
Rising Stars at Sayler Park
  • Translations — Hub Chart and What to Bring to Register in Preschool

    Information Required for Preschool Registration

    A parent or legal guardian must bring the required documentation when registering a child for preschool. The registration process for preschool will not begin until all required documents are received.

    Immunizations

    A copy of the child's immunization record must be in the child's preschool file.

    Tuition

    Families must pay tuition for preschool or be income eligible for reduced rates. 

    Tuition (2022-23) —  Deposits are due, and must be paid, at registration.

      • $3,700 per school year for half-day preschool ($500 deposit and 8 monthly payments of $400)
      • $7,000 per school year for full-day preschool ($800 deposit and 8 monthly payments of $775)

    For families whose incomes place them at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, various grants may be applied to assist with free or reduced tuition.

    Neighborhood School Preschool Registration

    Families may register a child at any time by visiting the Preschool Registration Hub assigned to that school to submit required documents and the completed CPS Student Registration Information Form. Students eligible for preschool at a neighborhood school follow the enrollment guidelines for Neighborhood Schools. Children must be 3 years old to attend preschool by September 30th.

    Youngsters who have siblings already enrolled in a neighborhood school may apply to that school's preschool program early for the upcoming school year during sibling enrollment.

    Magnet School Preschool Application and Registration

    Applications to magnet school preschools are submitted online during the annual magnet application period. All eligible preschool students are put on waiting lists and sent a letter, pending a review of the application by CPS' Early Childhood Department. Registration to enroll your child does not mean your child has been accepted into a magnet preschool.

    Age Requirements

    • Applicants to magnet school preschools must be age 3 or 4 by September 30.
    • Children who turn 5 by September 30 and are age-eligible for kindergarten should apply to kindergarten.

    A child accepted into a magnet preschool who lives within CPS' district boundaries may stay in that magnet school for higher grades without reapplying.

    Families who live outside CPS' boundaries (Open Enrollment students) with children in CPS preschools must reapply for kindergarten.

    Magnet Preschools

    West —

    • Dater Montessori School (preschool to grade 6)
    • Gamble Montessori Elementary School (preschool to 6)
    • LEAP Academy (preschool to grade 4)
    • Parker Woods Montessori School (preschool to grade 6)
    • Roberts Academy (preschool to grade 8)

    East —

    • North Avondale Montessori School (preschool to grade 6)
    • Sands Montessori School (preschool to grade 6)
    • Silverton Elementary School (preschool to grade 6)
    • Woodford Academy (preschool to grade 6)

    Citywide —

    • Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS) (preschool to grade 8)
    • Academy of World Languages (AWL) (preschool to grade 8)
    • Fairview-Clifton German Language School (preschool to grade 6)
    • William H. Taft School (preschool to grade 6)