How to Apply to CPS High Schools — Grades 7, 8 and 9

  • We use an online random lottery process for entrance into Cincinnati Public Schools' high schools at grades 7, 8 and 9, which helps assure equal access for in-district students.

    Who SHOULD participate in the online high school lottery?

    • Current 6th-graders at CPS elementary schools that end at 6th grade
    • Current 8th-graders at the following six K-8 schools (and current 6th- and 7th-graders at these schools who want to enter a 7-12 high school):
      • Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS)
      • Academy of World Languages (AWL)
      • Hartwell School
      • Roberts Academy
      • Roselawn Condon School
      • Sayler Park School

    Note: CPS students now attending schools with elementary and high school grades (3-9, K-12) may stay at those schools without participating in this application lottery.

    Who SHOULD NOT participate in the online lottery?

    • Current 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders attending a non-CPS school (such as charter, private or home schools) but live within the boundaries of the Cincinnati Public School District.
    • Students who have previously received or registered for a high school are unable to submit an application. Parents/Guardians must contact the high school(s) they are interested in registering their child to attend.
    • Students who live outside the boundaries of the Cincinnati Public School District. This group applies during Open Enrollment in May.
    • Students applying to Oyler School, the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) or Walnut Hills High School.
      Oyler School has a neighborhood requirement for students, and SCPA and Walnut Hills have eligibility requirements; parents must go to these schools to register and complete, or provide proof of, eligibility requirements where necessary.
      1. SCPA application information
      2. Walnut Hills application information
  • CPS Students Applying to CPS High School — In District

  • Lottery Application Process

  • High School Waiting Lists

  • Conditions to Consider