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Magnet School Application Deadline


The deadline to submit applications for Cincinnati Public Schools' new online magnet school lottery is Sunday.

In August, the district announced it was suspending the camp-out system for a year in favor of a lottery.

CPS says between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4 it will run the lottery in random order. Application entry will not matter.

Letters will go out Dec. 4 to let parents know about their child's lottery status.

The new lottery system for magnet elementary schools is modeled after the district's online lottery assigning students to high schools, in use since 2006.


  • The new lottery does not impact the traditional Early Application Period for in-district siblings of current magnet school students. Parents of siblings will submit paper applications.
  • The district will continue to run the limited Magnet Kindergarten Lottery, in use for three years, for students assigned to specific schools. The kindergarten lottery and the new Magnet School Lottery will accept applications online simultaneously.

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