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School Choice Lottery Process

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 [email protected] 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.

Elementary School Communities

Reservation Letter from Berwick to Eastmoor Academy

Reservation Letter from Duxberry to AIMS

Reservation Letter from AIMS to Fort Hayes

Request to Return to Homeschool Letters

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about School Choice

Questions?

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, please contact the District’s FACTLine at [email protected] or Central Enrollment at [email protected]

Lottery for 2021-22 School Year

If interested in submitting a lottery application for 2021-22 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 6, 2021 through Friday, February 26, 2021.
    • The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2020-21 school year with CCS is July 9, 2021.
    • New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 10, 2021.
  • Elementary School Lottery Applications: Accepted via the Parent Portal Monday, February 1, 2021 through Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
    • The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2020-21 school year with CCS is July 9, 2021.
    • New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 10, 2021.
  • Pre-K Lottery Application: Accepted via the Parent Portal, to be part of the lottery draw, Thursday, April 1, 2021 through Friday, April 30, 2021.
  • Selective Admissions Applications: Available to eligible students January 12, 2021 with a submission deadline of Friday, January 29, 2021. 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 6, 2021 through Tuesday, March 23, 2021 (see letter template on this webpage).
  • Reservation: Accepted via the Parent Portal for eligible students Tuesday, January 5, 2021 through Friday, January 29, 2021
  • ROTC: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 6, 2021 through Friday, February 19, 2021.

Enrollment School Choice Lottery Process Registering for the Lottery The School Choice Lottery application process begins at the beginning of January for middle and high schools and in

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Interdistrict Open Enrollment

Information for students looking to join the Columbus City Schools District through Interdistrict Open Enrollment (IOE).

Interdistrict Open Enrollment is for K-12 students who live outside of the Columbus City Schools (CCS) boundaries but wish to attend a CCS school.

Applications for the 2020-2021 and the 2021-2022 school year must be submitted via the Parent Portal. If you do not have a Parent Portal account and your child currently attends CCS, please see your child’s school for the activation code or email a picture ID to [email protected] If your child is not currently a CCS student, you must complete the online enrollment process prior to submitting an IOE 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.

General Eligibility for Application:

  • Only those students who would like to be enrolled full-time in grades K-12 in a Columbus City School are eligible to apply for Interdistrict Open Enrollment (IOE). Pre-K and Part-time students are not eligible for IOE placement.
  • Students must be 5 years of age before October 1 to apply for IOE kindergarten.
  • The residence of the custodial parent/guardian must be located outside of the boundaries of the CCS district.
  • Students who were suspended or expelled for 10 or more consecutive days during the previous school year are ineligible to apply for admission through IOE for the upcoming school year
  • Columbus City School residents take top priority for placement.
  • The order of placement is as follows:
    1. On time CSS applicants (students who reside in CCS boundaries)
    2. On time IOE applicants who have a parent employed by CCS
    3. On time returning IOE applicants
    4. Late CCS applicants
    5. Late IOE returning applicants/New IOE applicants

Most IOE Placements occur in the summer, or in August after administrators return from summer break

Important Dates for the 2021-2022 School Year

Middle and High School on-time applications — January 6, 2021 – February 26, 2021

Elementary School on-time applications — February 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021

Late applications for students who attended CCS for the 2020-21 school year will be accepted through July 9, 2021

Late applications for new students wishing to enroll in CCS will be accepted through December 10, 2021

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