CPS' High School Online Lottery Opens January 7

December 31, 2019

The online lottery to assign students to Cincinnati Public Schools' high schools opens at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

The lottery will assign high school seats for the 2020-21 school year.

Round 1 of the High School Lottery runs January 7 through February 21, 2020. All applications submitted during Round 1 will enter a computerized random lottery; each application has equal opportunity to enter first-choice high schools no matter when the application is entered during Round 1.

There’s no need to be "first in line" for Round 1; however, it is important to enter lottery applications during Round 1.

Round 2 (March 10 – May 8, 2020) and Round 3 (April 28 – May 8, 2020) are for applications not entered in Round 1, and some high schools fill up during Round 1.

CPS students now in grades 6, 7 or 8 may submit lottery applications using any computer with Internet access. Parents or guardians of these CPS students also may enter high school lottery applications, but a student may be entered into the lottery only once.

There are two ways to reach the High School Lottery Application portal:

  1. Go to PowerSchool or
  2. Go to the CPS website

The 2020-21 High School Guide contains information about CPS’ 16 high schools and programs, how to submit online lottery applications and how non-CPS students can apply.

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