Current School Year News

January 17, 2018

CPS' Online Program might be just right for your child

Cincinnati Public Schools offers an alternative to the traditional classroom that may be just right for your child.

Enroll your child, now, in the Cincinnati Digital Academy, an online program from Cincinnati Public Schools for grades K-12. It’s flexible, convenient, and free.

If your child is currently enrolled in the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Cincinnati Public Schools wants to welcome your child back to our district. We offer a rigorous, college-preparatory, standards-based curriculum complemented by an array of highly qualified teachers and administrators who are dedicated to your child’s success.

CPS will provide all the tools your child needs for success. As a student at Cincinnati Digital Academy, your child can also take advantage of the sports, enrichment and extracurricular activities at your neighborhood school.

  • Free, high quality laptop computer with Internet access and technical support.
  • Access to online textbooks, science labs and other supplemental materials.
  • An array of fine arts and elective courses.
  • French and Spanish foreign language courses.
  • Enrichment opportunities.
  • Semester report cards mailed to your home.

You can enroll your child in the Cincinnati Digital Academy today. CPS has created a Registration Gateway for online enrollment form submission. CPS has also established a dedicated hotline to answer parents’ questions; parents can contact our Customer Help Center at 513-363-0570.

Additional information and our enrollment forms can be found on our website.


November 21, 2017

Fifty years, Fifty miles — No Limits

Withrow High School Principal to Showcase “No Limits” Policy with 50-Mile Run on the School’s Track

Principal Corey runs with studentsLife can be challenging at times. But, with the right mindset, you can achieve anything you want. That’s the message Jack Corey, principal of Withrow University High School, wants his students to remember. So, to prove it, he will run 50 miles around the school’s track in celebration of his 50th birthday on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
“I talk with students all the time about how you can limit yourself based on what you think you can do and what others say you can do,” Corey said. “I want them to know that most of the limitations we have in life are self-imposed,” Corey said.
So, starting at 4:30 a.m. on November 21, Corey will begin his laps around the track. Every fourth lap will equal a mile. It should take him about 10 hours to complete the activity, and he will allow students to run with him throughout the day.


November 16, 2017

CPS Launches “Making Progress” Podcast

CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell discusses the importance of public education in driving economic development

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) has launched a new way to share how the district is preparing students for success throughout their lives. “Making Progress with Laura Mitchell” is a new podcast series in which host Clyde Gray and CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell discuss strategic priorities, new initiatives and partnerships designed to strengthen the city’s public schools. Episode one, “Meet Laura Mitchell,” is available for listening.

The pilot episode was taped inside the Corbett Theater at Mitchell’s alma mater, the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Mitchell and Gray discuss a wide range of topics, from Mitchell’s takeaways from her first 90 days as superintendent to strategic partnerships that will help develop the region’s future workforce and ultimately drive economic growth.

“I want Cincinnati Public Schools to be a place of destination,” said Mitchell. “I want our district to be one that draws families to our city and neighborhoods. We’re implementing strategies to bring this vision to life, and I am excited to share the details with our stakeholders.”


November 8, 2017

CPS Superintendent Statement Regarding Renewal Levy Passage

Cincinnati (OH) — Cincinnati Public School District Superintendent Laura Mitchell released this statement regarding the passage of Issue 24, the district’s renewal levy request:

“We are grateful to the voters of the Cincinnati Public School District for approving our renewal levy, sustaining our innovative educational initiatives that ensure our students are prepared for life.

“This levy will support CPS’s significant student growth and overall performance. Our parents are voting with their feet — more families are moving into the Cincinnati Public School District and choosing CPS for their kids’ education. Our enrollment has grown over the past six years, and to keep pace with this rapid growth, we’ve opened three new schools just this year.

“Through our Vision 2020 campaign, we are reinvesting in our neighborhood schools by embedding programs comparable to what we offer in our popular magnet schools.

“We will continue to prioritize our My Tomorrow initiative, which helps every seventh grader develop a plan to graduate in six years into their chosen career path. An incredible 96 percent of our Class of 2017 seniors graduated with a confirmed career path — including 83 percent who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college or trade school.

“At Cincinnati Public Schools, our students start here and go higher. With the passage of this levy, we can get them there faster.”

Contact: Lauren Worley, Chief Communications and Engagement Officer


November 6, 2017

Cincinnatus Awards 2018 Nominations

The Cincinnatus Association is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Cincinnatus Awards:

  • The James N. Jacobs Award, which recognizes outstanding administration
  • The John E. Pepper Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteers
  • The Cincinnatus Woodward Trust Award, which recognizes distinguished teaching

The deadline for submissions is December 8, 2017. Awardees and nominators will be honored at a celebratory banquet the evening of Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Cintas Center Banquet Room at Xavier University. In addition to recognition at this February event, each awardee will receive a monetary award.

View more information and download forms at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Service website.


October 18, 2017

CPS Board of Education Names Timmons to Board

Mr. Lannis TimmonsCincinnati (OH) – Today Cincinnati Public School District Board of Education unanimously voted to select Mr. Lannis J. Timmons of Cincinnati to serve on the Board through December 31, 2019. Timmons was appointed to serve the remainder of the term formerly held by Mr. A. Chris Nelms, who passed away in September.

“As a former teacher and coach within Cincinnati Public Schools, Mr. Timmons brings a strong background in education and leadership to the Board,” said Ericka Copeland-Dansby, President of the Cincinnati Public School District Board of Education. “We are excited to appoint a candidate who has committed his career to supporting the education of our students.”

Timmons, a graduate of Woodward High School and Central State University, has been a teacher and coach in Cincinnati Public Schools. He first taught physical education at Sawyer Junior High School in 1976 to 1977, and Western Hills High School from 1998 to 2001. After a brief stint in Middletown, he returned to Western Hills in 1995 as the head basketball coach, where he was named “Coach of the Year” in 1999, 2000 and 2001. In 2003, he took his talents to Woodward High School, where he was a physical education teacher and head basketball coach. Timmons retired in 2013.

“As a retired school teacher and coach in the Cincinnati Public School District, I’m passionate about kids and education,” Timmons said. “I’m honored to work with those who now dedicate their time and talents to our school system, our children and our community.”


October 16, 2017

Join Us for a Tribute to A. Chris Nelms

A Tribute to Alton Chris Nelms, Cincinnati School Board Member and Civic Leader

Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education cordially invites the community to a tribute in memory of School Board Member A. Chris Nelms. We will honor his career and commitment to our community and our students. Remarks will be made by many who were touched by Nelms throughout his vibrant life, including former students, fellow board members, family and friends.

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rosa Blackwell Interactive Learning Center in the Mary A. Ronan Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue (Corryville)

Note: The hearing of the public will be suspended for this meeting.


September 28, 2017

Cincinnati Board of Education Announces Process for Replacing Vacant Board Position

Cincinnati Board of EducationToday, the Cincinnati Board of Education announced it will appoint a replacement member to the Board on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, to complete the term of Chris Nelms, who passed away in September.

The Board outlined its procedures to solicit applications, conduct interviews, and engage the Cincinnati community in the appointment process, which must be done within thirty days of a vacancy according to Ohio Revised Code. The new member will serve the duration of Nelms’ term through December 2019, and is eligible to run for election in November 2019.

“We are seeking a qualified and committed pool of candidates who represent the diversity of the students in our district,” said Cincinnati Board of Education President Ericka Copeland-Dansby. “It is my personal hope and intent to identify a candidate to serve the remainder of Mr. Nelms’ term who embodies his tenacity, his spirit and his dedication to our community.”

Interested candidates may apply for the position by submitting an application and résumé starting at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 29. Applications must be received by the Board of Education Office no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5. Applicants are required to be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident and registered voter in the Cincinnati City School District. Application materials will be available on the Cincinnati Public Schools website at

The Board also invited the public to participate in a community survey to determine the top characteristics of a potential new board member. The Board will use this input in its deliberations for choosing the next member. The survey will remain open until Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, and the Board will release the results on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The survey is available online.

Questions about the application can be directed to Phyllis Davis in the Board Office. The application process has now closed.



September 27, 2017

Press Conference to Address Board Vacancy

WHAT: The Cincinnati Board of Education will host a press conference to announce its
process for replacing Board member Chris Nelms, who recently passed away. Under Ohio Revised Code, the Board may appoint a new Board member to complete Mr. Nelms’ current term, which expires December 31, 2019.

The Board will announce its timeline and process, which will include opportunities for community input.

WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 2017 — 12 noon

WHERE: Cincinnati Public Schools Mary A. Ronan Education Center

2651 Burnet Avenue (45219)
Room 1A

WHO: Cincinnati Board of Education members, Superintendent Laura Mitchell, CPS staff and community supporters


September 26, 2017

My Tomorrow Family Engagement Conference

Discover how My Tomorrow is leading students toward promising careers:

  • October 21, 2017
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Rosa Blackwell Interactive Learning Center
  • Cincinnati Public Schools Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue (Corryville)

At Cincinnati Public Schools, our role extends far beyond getting students to graduation. The true measure of our success is determined by whether our students can graduate fully prepared to compete for promising careers that allow them to support their families and contribute to our society in meaningful ways.

My Tomorrow, launched during the 2014-15 school year, helped reimagine the high schools of CPS to better prepare students for their futures. It is a bold vision for education that combines higher expectations, technology and mentoring to ensure that students are ready for the workplace – regardless of whether their path requires a two- or four-year college degree, an apprenticeship or internship, an employment certification, or military enlistment once they graduate. The goal is to offer students more meaningful, real-world experiences centered around their own interests, skills and needs.

Join us for this exciting conference to see how My Tomorrow works and how it will benefit your family. Enjoy helpful interactive sessions, door prizes, food and more!

A Sampling of Sessions

  • What is a Growth Mindset and why is it important?
  • How can parents support their children academically, mentally and emotionally?
  • Understanding the new graduation requirements
  • Career-based learning opportunities for students
  • And more…

Register for the Conference

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