Cincinnati Public Schools projects its enrollment will continue to slightly increase to an estimated 35,544 students in 2018-19, its highest enrollment since 2005-06. Since 2013, the district has gained 2,543 students.

Some key areas of change include:

  • CPS has 35,355 students enrolled in the 2016-17 school year, an increase of 196 students from the previous year;
  • CPS has opened three elementary schools in 2016-17 to accommodate a growth surge in enrollment for those age groups;
  • Charter school enrollment in the district declined by 189 students this school year;
  • 9 percent of CPS students are Black, Non-Hispanic, which represents no significant change from the previous school year;
  • CPS is giving more preschoolers a strong start, with a projected 440 new students expected to enroll in preschool next year.

Last month, CPS released a report called “Making Progress,” which outlined improvements in the district’s performance, including:

  • 98 percent of CPS third graders met the Third-Grade Reading Guarantee; this represents a 29 percent increase in the number of third graders who achieved the state’s proficiency rate;
  • 96 percent of 2017 graduates have been accepted into a college program, enlisted in the military or entered the workforce, up from 92 percent in 2016;
  • ACT scores increased 5 percent over the last four years.


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