Find a Great School in Cincinnati

A great education creates opportunities for your child. With a great education, your child will read at grade level, graduate from high school and be ready for college and/or career.

Check out this page for some of our great schools and note application deadlines for popular programs and scholarships. 

Remember, as you evaluate any school for your child, look at data, ask questions, and make sure the school is a good fit for you and your family. Take our checklist with you as you tour a school. 

Questions? Call or text at 513-452-3213 or send an email to:

Enrolling Now!

Four great schools using the Seton Education Partners blended learning model offer each student an individualized education by integrating small-group instruction with personalized computer-based learning. The schools are now enrolling. Full tuition scholarships are available. For more information, contact:

St. Teresa of Avila School, 1194 Rulison Ave. in West Price Hill, 513-471-4530

St. Cecilia School, 4415 Taylor Ave. in Oakley - 513-533-6060

St. Joseph Catholic School, 745 Ezzard Charles Drive in the West End, 513-381-2126

St. Francis de Sales School, 1602 Madison Road in East Walnut Hills, 513-961-1953


Scholarships for Private Schools

Many families are eligible for Ohio EdChoice Scholarships, tuition-free scholarships to private schools. How to learn more/enroll:

  • Contact the private school in which you are interested and ask if they participate in EdChoice. (search map here) Complete the enrollment/admission process for that school
  • Once your child has been accepted for enrollment at a participating private school/provider for fall 2018, you may then apply for an EdChoice Scholarship at that school. 

The EdChoice Scholarship amount is currently $4,650 for grades K-8 and $6,000 for grades 9-12. EdChoice will pay either the scholarship amount or the private school's actual tuition amount, whichever is less. More information on EdChoice Scholarships.

CPS Magnet School Lottery 

Some of CPS' highest performing schools are magnet schools. CPS has an online lottery system that could place your child in a Magnet program. CPS Magnet Schools offer a variety of academic programs: College Prep, The Arts, Foreign Language and Culture, Gifted or Exceptional, Montessori, Paideia and STEM.

CPS recently opened The Spencer Center, a new citywide Magnet School for its most academically promising children in grades 3-9. The Spencer Center is supported by Accelerate Great Schools. 

East, West, or Citywide Magnet programs are accepting applications for enrollment March 26 - April 13, 2018

If you are interested in sending your child to a CPS magnet school, apply hereMore information on CPS Magnet Schools.

CPS Special College Preparatory Program 

CPS offers an academically rigorous Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP) at Walnut Hills High School. Students must pass an entrance examination to attend the school. 

All Cincinnati Public Schools' sixth-graders take the SCPP exam. If your child is not a CPS student, January 30, 2018 is the last day to register to take the SCPP test for entrance school year 2018-19. The testing schedule can be found here.

Remember, as you evaluate any school for your child, look at data, ask questions, and make sure the school is a good fit for you and your family.

Earn College Credit while still in High School

Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. Taking a college course from a public college or university is free. 

Students must be academically well-prepared to succeed in college courses. Each college sets its entrance requirements for College Credit Plus. Students must pass college entrance exams or meet minimum ACT scores to participate. All students must declare their intent to participate by April 1, 2018 even if they participated last year. More information, forms and instructions can be found here

Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education programs provide students with the education and expertise needed to find success in high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers. Career Technical programs provide students with numerous benefits, including:

  • A rigorous academic foundation
  • Hands-on experience that translates into employable skills
  • Universal skills that are applicable in a four-year school, trade school or the workplace
  • The opportunity to earn industry credentials, state-issued licenses and/or college credit

The result: Students graduate college and career ready, with the technical knowledge and real-world experience necessary for the jobs of today — and the future. Find more information here. Cincinnati Public Schools offers 20 programs in nine career clusters:

  1. Agricultural and Environmental Systems
  2. Arts and Communication
  3. Business and Administrative Services
  4. Construction Technology
  5. Engineering, Manufacturing and Science Technologies
  6. Health Science
  7. Culinary and Food Services
  8. Information Technology
  9. Law and Public Safety

An exciting new offering is CPS Early College Information Technology Program, a novel partnership with the University of Cincinnati giving CPS students the opportunity to complete their first year of UC's IT Bachelor of Science degree while they are in high school and earn automatic admission to the University of Cincinnati.