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High school choice season is under way



High school choice season began Monday with the opening of an online portal -- -- that families can use to make their selections for the 2019-20 school year.

CMSD allows students to attend any school they wish, provided that space is available and, in a few cases, they meet admissions criteria. As part of its portfolio model, the District has developed a variety of options so families can find the best fit.

Last year, 94 percent of the District’s eighth-graders and their parents exercised that right. Volunteers from the True2U mentoring program helped by talking to students about the factors they should consider in making a critical choice on the path to college and career.

In a new development this year, families interested in schools with admissions criteria can fill out a single application that will be used by all seven.

“We can better support families that way,” said Rick McIntosh, executive director of school choice and enrollment. “They don’t have to upload multiple sets of records or get multiple references. It’s more efficient for us and them.”

Students and families can learn more about the criteria schools at a fair scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Cleveland School of the Arts, 2064 Stearns Road. Representatives from the schools will be present to answer questions.

All of the more than 30 District high schools will have a chance to the market their programs from Jan. 23-25, when eighth-graders take turns making daytime visits to the East Professional Center, 1349 E. 79th St.

Families can browse the school options from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at East Professional Center and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Max S. Hayes High School, 2211 W. 65th St.

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