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High school choice season is here

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 CMSD High School Choice Book
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It’s time again for eighth-graders to choose CMSD high schools, and this year brings more new options as well as a new online portal for making the selections.
New options include two new small schools for Lincoln-West High School and one for James Ford Rhodes. Carnegie Corporation of New York has provided $3 million to plan and launch the models, which will offer a more personal education that better prepares students for the 21st Century workforce.
Lincoln-West will feature an international studies school and a science and health school that has a partnership with the MetroHealth System. The models will start with ninth- and 10th-graders and expand to include all four levels.
A design team will select a theme for the Rhodes small school, which will begin with the ninth grade. A second model is planned for the 2017-18 school year.
The new models join a growing list that includes three small schools started this year at the John Marshall Campus, JFK E³agle Academy and JFK PACT (Problem-based Academy of Critical Thinking), Bard High School Early College, New Tech academies, Ginn Academy, MC²STEM, Design Lab Early College, a redesigned Cleveland School of the Arts and the small schools at the John Hay Campus.
Some existing options will be enhanced as the District revamps its career-tech schools with the help of Ford Next Generation Learning and the business community.
Under The Cleveland Plan, CMSD operates as a portfolio district, offering students and families a variety of school models so they can find the one that best fits their needs. 
Students may attend any school in the District, provided that space is available and, in a few cases, they meet admissions criteria. Data indicates that more students and families are researching their options and making conscious choices.
The school choice period, also open to students and families selecting K-8 or PreK-8 schools, will run from Monday, Jan. 25 to Wednesday, March 16. Students can still choose schools after March 16 but responding before the deadline will improve chances of getting their first selection.
The District is assisting by publishing and distributing a High School Choice Book and holding a high school choice fair from Jan. 25-27 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. The fair will be open to parents and caregivers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 27.
CMSD also has set up a new school choice portal that will go live on Jan. 25
The portal will:
• allow new families to log in and make a choice. In the past, families who were new to the District had to register students in person.
• include an interactive map that shows schools and proximity to students’ homes. 
• list academic data and “conditions for learning” scores – student ratings for safety, support and academic rigor.
• allow parents to stay up to date by registering for email and text messaging.
• let families choose and rank up to eight choices, an increase from the previous limit of five.
New and current CMSD families can find the new portal by clicking here. They will not be able to create accounts or log in until Jan. 25 but until then can use the portal to explore school options.