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Cincinnati Public Schools calls students to enter high school lottery

Apply through Feb. 21 to have best chance for top choice
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Posted at 4:06 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 16:25:14-05

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

SEE complete information on applying for CPS high schools.