School Choice Lottery (COVID-19) 

    • High School, Middle School, Elementary and Pre-K Lottery Results are now available.  If you need assistance with viewing your results or the acceptance process, please view the step by step video by clicking here.   If you need a user name/password reset and cannot remember the recovery email address you provided, please send a picture ID, your child's name and date of birth to parentportalaccess@columbus.k12.oh.us for assistance.

    Pre-K Lottery Changes for 20-21:

    • In an effort to handle changes due to COVID-19 equitably for all Pre-K families, a School Choice Lottery will be conducted for all available seats at all Pre-K locations.  This lottery will replace the First Come, First Served enrollment approach the District has used in the past.  PLEASE NOTE: At the end of the 20-21 school year,  General Education Pre-K students attending a non-100% lottery school will be enrolled into their school of address for kindergarten.  Families wishing to remain in the Pre-K school for the 21-22 school year, will need to re-apply through the lottery for an opportunity to stay.  General Education Pre-K students attending a 100% lottery school, will transition to kindergarten in the same school.  The 100% Lottery Schools in which General Education Pre-K students will transition to the same school for kindergarten are: Columbus Africentric, Columbus Spanish Immersion, Duxberry, Ecole Kenwood and Oakland Park.


    Families who need to complete enrollment, must complete the Online Registration and schedule an appointment.  Due to social distancing, all appointments are being conducted virtually at your scheduled appointment time.  Families will receive an email at least one day prior to their appointment with instructions and an invitation to join a virtual enrollment meeting online.

    For questions regarding Enrollment, please email centralenrollment@columbus.k12.oh.us

    For questions regarding School Choice, please send an email to schoolchoice@columbus.k12.oh.us 

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General Information

  • Our District’s commitment to School Choice uniquely offers students a variety of high-quality educational options at all levels by giving families a choice on deciding where their children attend school to learn and grow. The School Choice Lottery is widely popular, with nearly 20,000 applications each year.

    Columbus City Schools has modernized the popular School Choice Lottery with a new paperless online process that begins earlier than in previous years. If your student is considering applying to another school within our the District, the important information below will be helpful.

    Use this link or the navigation to the left to view the School Choice Lottery process!

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

  • The online Infinite Campus Parent Portal process is easy to use. You might already be using it to monitor real-time progress on your student. The Parent Portal also allows you to update emergency contact information, view course schedules, grades, attendance and assignments that have been turned in/or missing, even e-mail child’s teacher directly from the portal using the planner feature.

    Before you can log in, you will need a Parent Portal Global Unique Identifier (GUID) Access Key. Each parent/guardian has a personalized GUID code. If you need to obtain your GUID access code, contact your student's school directly or email a picture ID to parentportalaccess@columbus.k12.oh.us .

    Types of School Choice Applications:

    The following types of School Choice applications, must be submitted via the Parent Portal:

     School Choice Lottery: For parents/guardians of students wishing to apply to attend a school other than the school assigned.

    Reservation Admissions:  For students who currently attend a school that is eligible to reserve a seat in the next school with the same programming.  Reservation applications will be available on January 8, 2020 and must be submitted by January 31, 2020 via the School Choice link in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

    Return to Home School: For students attending a school in Columbus City Schools that is not their school of address.  The request will be available for submission beginning on January 8, 2020 and must be submitted via the School Choice link in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal by March 24, 2020.

    Selective Admissions: For students who have been identified as gifted and meet the additional criteria required.  The Selective Admissions application will be available on January 14th for students who qualify and must be submitted via the School Choice link in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal by January 31, 2020.

    Inter-District Open (IOE) Enrollment: For students living outside of the Columbus City Schools boundaries and wish to attend a school in the CCS District.  IOE application deadlines follow the same deadlines as the School Choice Lottery.

    Airforce Junior ROTC  (NEW THIS YEAR): For students entering 9th-12th grade who want to join the Airforce Junior ROTC on the campus of Fort Hayes HS.  Students who are accepted to Fort Hayes through the Junior ROTC lottery, must adhere to all ROTC guidelines. Students who are accepted to Fort Hayes through the Junior ROTC lottery will be returned to their school of address should a decision be made that drops ROTC from the student's schedule.  Applications must be submitted by February 21, 2020

  • Academic Pathways

    A Kindergarten - 12 Academic Pathway, also known as a school feeder pattern, keeps neighborhood children together as they move upward from elementary school, to middle school, and finally to high school.  Families selecting to participate in the School Choice process should be aware that once their child reaches the last grade level contained within a building the student will transition back to the feeder pattern for their school of address. Families wishing their student to attend a school other than the next school in their feeder pattern would need to submit a Lottery application for a chance to attend another school in the District.

    Please click here to view assigned Academic Pathways and the District's alternative school options.

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