Parents can enroll students in magnet schools

By Meghan Mongillo - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Monday marks the first day for parents in the Cincinnati Public School system to try and enroll their children into on of the district's top schools.

However, things are different this year.

In the past, parents have camped out in order to get their children into magnet schools. In 2008, everyone who showed up got a spot in kindergarten - the most competitive grade - but the district says they can't promise anything this year.

The early application period begins Monday for special groups, which include siblings of current students, 6th grade Montessori students and all Schiel Primary students. Schiel is merging with the School for Creative and Performing Arts for a K-12 school that will open in August 2010.

This open enrollment period last for two weeks, ending on Nov. 13.

About a quarter of the 33,000 students at CPS go to magnet programs, which outperform traditional schools on standardized tests.

More information on the application process is available by clicking here.