School Choice Lottery Process

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    Registering for the Lottery

    The School Choice Lottery application process begins at the beginning of January for middle and high schools and in February for elementary schools, utilizing the new electronic paperless application process.

    To access the School Choice Lottery, you will first need to log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The School Choice Link located within the Parent Portal will allow you to submit your application(s), track waitlist numbers and accept or decline offers. 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.

    If your child is not currently a CCS student, you must complete the online enrollment process prior to submitting a lottery application. Parents are encouraged to utilize the online SpeedyPass registration process and schedule an appointment to present required enrollment documents. You’ll receive your Parent Portal access code at your enrollment appointment.

  • School Choice Fairs 

    Learn about each of the schools at the Virtual School Choice Fairs.

    There are video presentations that give an overview of each school, available by clicking here.

  • School Choice Frequently Asked Questions 

    Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about School Choice

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  • Request to 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 5, 2022 and must be submitted via the School Choice link in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal by March 22, 2021.

  • Reservations

     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 5, 2022 and must be submitted by January 31, 2022 via the School Choice link in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

    Current School

    Reservation School

    Arts Impact Middle School

    Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School

    Berwick Alternative

    Eastmoor Academy

    Columbus Spanish Immersion

    World Language Middle School

    Duxberry Park Alternative

    Arts Impact Middle School (AIMS)

    Ecole Kenwood

    World Language Middle School

    World Language Middle School

    Columbus North International High School

  • Selective Admissions

    Current CCS students who meet specific criteria will receive an invitation to submit a Selective Admissions application to the school for which they are eligible to apply.  The Selective Admissions application will be available on January 10, 2022 for students who qualify and must be submitted via the School Choice link in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal by January 31, 2022.  For additional Selective Admissions information, please click here.

  • Lottery  Deadlines

    Lottery for 2021-22 School Year

    • The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2020-21 school year with CCS is July 30, 2021. 
    • New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 10, 2021.

    Lottery for 2022 - 23 School Year

    If interested in submitting a lottery application for 2022-23 you must submit your School Choice Lottery Application by the deadline in order to be part of the lottery draw.  Late lottery applications will be added to the applicable waitlist in the order they are received. 

    • High School & Middle School Lottery Applications: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Monday, February 28, 2022.
      • The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2021-22 school year with CCS is July 29, 2022. 
      • New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 9, 2022.
    • Elementary School Lottery Applications: Accepted via the Parent Portal Tuesday, February 1, 2022 through Thursday, March 31, 2022. 
      • The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2021-22 school year with CCS is July 29, 2022. 
      • New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 9, 2022.
    • Selective Admissions Applications: Available to eligible students Monday, January 10, 2022 with a submission deadline of Monday, January 31, 2022.  Applications must be submitted via the Parent Portal (see letter templates under Selective Admissions).
    • Request to Return to Homeschool Application: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (see letter template on this webpage).
    • Reservation: Accepted via the Parent Portal for eligible students Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Monday, January 31, 2022.
    • ROTC: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 5, 2022 through Wednesday, February 21, 2022.