CPS High School Online Lottery Opens Tuesday


CINCINNATI (FOX19) – The online lottery to assign high school students to Cincinnati public schools will open at 8:30 am Tuesday.

The lottery will allocate high school places for the 2020-21 school year.

The first round of the high school lottery will run until February 21.

All entries submitted during the first round will be entered into a computerized random lottery.

According to school officials, every application has the same chances of entering first-choice secondary schools, regardless of when the application is made in the first round.

It is not necessary, they stress, to be “first in line” for the first round. However, it is important to enter lottery requests during the first round.

Round 2 will take place from March 2 to April 3. Round 3 will follow from April 28 to May 8.

These rounds are for applications not entered in the first round – and some high schools fill up in the first round.

CPS students now in grades 6, 7 and 8 can submit lottery requests using any computer with Internet access.

Parents or guardians of these CPS students can also participate in high school lottery entries, but a student can only be entered in the lottery once.

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

An online random lottery process is used for entry into Cincinnati Public School High Schools in Grades 7, 8, and 9, which helps ensure equal access for students in the district.

Online lottery for high school registrations

Calendar of applications

Who SHOULD participate in the online high school lottery?

  • Current grade 6 students in CPS elementary schools ending in grade 6
  • Current 8th grade students in the following six K-8 schools (and current 6th and 7th grade students in those schools who wish to enter a 7-12 high school):
  • Multilingual Immersion Studies Academy (AMIS)
  • Academy of World Languages ​​(AWL)
  • Hartwell School
  • Roberts Paideia Academy
  • Roselawn Condon School
  • Sayler Park School
  • Students applying to Dater High School’s Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP)
  • Grade 6, 7, or 8 students now attending a CPS school with elementary and secondary grades (3-9, K-12) who want to change schools

Note: CPS students who are currently attending schools with primary and secondary grades (3-9, K-12) may stay at those schools without participating in this nominations lottery.

WHO SHOULD NOT participate in the online lottery?

  • Current grade 6, 7, and 8 students 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 live outside the boundaries of the Cincinnati Public School District. This group applies during registration open in May.
  • Students applying to the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) or Walnut Hills High School. Both of these schools have eligibility criteria for students, so parents must visit schools to enroll and meet or provide proof of eligibility criteria.
  • SCPA request information
  • Walnut Hills App Information
  • Students who are now in high school in Grades 7 to 12 and wish to change high school.

Lottery rounds and waiting list details; It is important to apply early

The online high school applications lottery takes place in three rounds by May 31, 2019. For the current application schedule, see our application schedule.

Applying for the first round gives students the best opportunity to enter their first-choice high school, as many CPS high schools fill up quickly.

A student can only be registered for one lottery round per school year. Additional requests for the same student will not be taken into account.

Cycles 2 and 3 are intended for parents / pupils who have not submitted an application during cycle 1. Pupils / parents submitting applications for cycle 2 or 3 will have a much lower chance of entering their junior high schools. choice.

After the close of the third round, students currently in 6th, 7th or 8th grade who have not applied for any lottery rounds must submit a paper application to the high school of their choice to be added to the end of the list of expectation of this school.

Paper application form

Waiting lists

Waiting lists in high schools are in effect until June 30.

A student who enrolls in a high school for 2019-2020, but who is on a waiting list for a high school of higher choice, will remain on this waiting list until June 30, 2019. If a place becomes available in the high school of choice of a high school student before June 30, 2019, CPS will notify the parent by letter offering him the possibility of moving to the high school of higher choice.

After June 30, 2019, students are expected to remain in their selected secondary schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

Once the online application process is complete, contact the desired high schools or CPS Customer Service Center for next steps.

CPS Students Applying to CPS High School – In the District

CPS parents or guardians and CPS grades 6, 7 and 8 students submit lottery requests online in high school using any computer with Internet access; students can use computers in their current schools.

Lottery application process

CPS students and parents / guardians participate in the high school online lottery using any computer connected to the Internet.

If the displayed student information is not correct, it must be corrected before the high school’s online application can be submitted.

Corrections are made using the Change Student Information form. The completed form and required documents should be returned to the student’s current school or CPS Customer Service Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, 45219, Corryville.

Student Information Change Form

All information submitted with an online application – names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses – must be correct.

If CPS cannot contact the parents / guardians using the information provided, the student will lose the assigned lottery seat.

  • If, after submitting a request, any changes are made to the contact information, notify CPC using the change student information form. The completed form and required documents should be returned to the student’s current school or CPS Customer Service Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, 45219, Corryville.

How the lottery works

  • CPS students and parents / guardians participate in the high school online lottery using any computer connected to the Internet. Click on the Online lottery for high school registrations link at the top of this page. (CPS students entering the process on school computers will enter applications through a different portal; staff will assist students.) CPS students and parents / guardians can also apply through PowerSchool.
  • Select one high school as the first choice, then list up to four other high school choices in order of preference (in case the first choice is filled).
  • Applications will be processed in a random order by drawing lots by computers at the CPA central office to ensure that every application received during the application period has an equal chance of being awarded to first-choice schools.
  • Parents will be informed of the placement in high school within approximately 30 days.

Conditions to consider

  • On the online application, students (or parents of students) in CPS Montessori, Paideia and STEM Elementary schools are asked if students wish to enter a secondary school that pursues Montessori, Paideia or STEM programs. If so, a choice of these secondary schools will be offered. If a high school is not selected at this point, the student or parent will continue with the lottery process to select a high school.
  • Students who have successfully completed the Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP) test are eligible for Dater High School, or can enter the lottery to select another high school to attend.To note: Although Walnut Hills High School is also an SCPP school, online application is not available; applications should be submitted to Walnut Hills.
  • Sibling preference applies ONLY to a student’s first-choice high school. This means that a student has priority over other students to enter a sibling’s high school. The sibling must currently be attending the student’s first choice secondary school in Grades 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 and must live at the same address. Make sure to check the YES box on the online application to indicate that the student has a sibling in first-choice high school.
  • Only one online application per student and per school year can be submitted. If a parent / guardian wishes to change the online lottery request after submitting it, the parent / guardian should visit the CPS customer service center to make changes within the same time frame as the original request: 2651 Burnet Avenue, 45219, Corryville. Parents / guardians must bring photo ID.

Parents of CPS students who are now attending CPS high schools in Grades 7-12 who wish to change (transfer) high schools must apply in person to the high schools they choose.

CPS students now attend the Spencer Center, Grades 7 to 12, or Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools can stay in these schools without participating in the application process.

Parents of non-CPS students in grades 6-8 who live within the boundaries of the Cincinnati Public School District and are interested in having their children enter CPS High Schools to apply online from a computer connected to the CPS network of the CPS Education Center Customer Support Center located at 2651 Burnet Avenue, Corryville (45219). Learn more.

CPS Students Enrolling in Secondary – Grades 10, 11 and 12

Enrollment in the upper grades of CPS high schools – grades 10, 11, and 12 – is not part of the online high school lottery application process.

  • Parents or guardians of current CPS students who are now attending high school in Grades 7 to 12 and wish to change high schools: Apply in person at the high schools of your choice using the CPS paper application form.
  • Parents or guardians of non-CPS students Currently in 9th, 10th or 11th grade attending private, charter, or home schools who want their children to enter CPS high schools and live in the CPS district: Apply in person at any high school of your choice using the paper application form by CPS.


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