CINCINNATI — It's time for Cincinnati Public Schools students wishing to enter a CPS high school next fall to apply for the lottery.
CPS students in grades 6, 7 or 8 have the best chance to win a spot in their top-choice school by applying during Round 1, now through Feb. 21, according to CPS.
Every student who applies during Round 1 will enter a computerized random lottery with an equal opportunity of being selected for their first-choice school. Students can choose up to five high schools when they apply online through PowerSchool or the CPS website.
CPS students who don’t apply during Round 1 may not have a chance for their first-choice school because some schools fill up in Round 1, CPS says. Late application is available during Round 2 (March 10 through April 3) and Round 3 (April 28 through May 8).
A student may be entered in only one lottery round per school year. Additional applications will not be considered.
Other things to know:
- Walnut Hills High School and the School for Creative and Performing Arts are not included in the lottery. Walnut requires students to take a special test and SCPA has auditions. Click on the school names for more information.
- Parents of CPS high school students who want to change high schools should apply in person at the high schools they select.
- CPS high school students who plan to attend the same school need not reapply.
- Non-CPS students can get information on how to apply through the CPS 2020-21High School Guide.
- The CPS 2020-21High School Guide contains information about the 16 CPS high schools and programs to help students find the right school/program for them.