2020-2021 School Choice

"Our goal is to ensure every child in Cleveland attends a high quality school and that every neighborhood has a multitude of great schools from which families can choose."
- The Cleveland Plan


Students and families can begin choosing schools for the 2020-21 school year in December and January, with the portal opening on December 2 for high school choices and on January 13 for K-8 school choices. The portal will remain open through March 13, 2020.

As families explore the many options available, posted below are several choices affected by the Board of Education's recent approval of recommendations for long-term planning of CMSD schools.

East Tech Campus

Programs and career technical education currently offered at East Tech, Jane Addams, New Tech East, and Washington Park will be consolidated onto one campus, with college credit courses offered through High Tech Academy.

Glenville Campus

Academic and career technical programs at Glenville High School and Martin Luther King, Jr. high school will be consolidated onto one campus, with college credit courses offered through High Tech Academy.

John F. Kennedy High School

Programs currently offered at John F. Kennedy and Whitney Young high schools will be will be consolidated onto one campus that features personalized programming in career and college exploration and a focus on manufacturing, college credit courses through High Tech Academy and access to Advanced Placement courses.

West Side Campus

The new campus will include Garrett Morgan School of Science and a new model that focuses on mass communication and social justice, both with a college preparatory curriculum that includes opportunities for students to explore careers, earn college credit during their high school career, participate in the arts as well as in business partnerships and mentorships tied to each student's academic interests.

As these new opportunities are finalized, students and families will be provided with more comprehensive information.

For questions about YOUR school options or how to most effectively engage in the school choice process:
  • Call or visit your school of interest directly, or
  • Speak with an Enrollment Specialist at:
    School Choice and Enrollment Office
    (216) 838-3675
    1111 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114
Say Yes to Education

Cleveland is the fourth chapter of Say Yes to Education!

Say Yes to Education scholarships pay up to the full value of tuition, minus federal and state aid, at public two-year and four-year colleges and universities and Pell-eligible training programs in Ohio and more than 100 private colleges and universities across the country. To be eligible, students must live within CMSD boundaries or the City of Cleveland and attend a CMSD or partner charter high school continuously from 9th grade through graduation. Check out this CMSD-TV video that was played at the announcement.
From the CMSD News Bureau:
Get more information on SayYesCleveland.org


Important Dates

December 2, 2019
High school choice portal opens
January 13, 2020
Portal adds choice for K-8 schools
January 28-30, 2020
High school choice fair for CMSD eighth-graders
January 30, 2020
Eastside Community Choice Fair
East Professional Center - 1349 E. 79th St.
Families Welcome
February 6, 2020
Westside Community Choice Fair
Max S. Hayes High School - 2211 West 65th St.
Families Welcome
March 13, 2020 @ 5:00PM
Portal closes for initial high school and K-8 school lotteries and assignments
March 30, 2020
High school and K-8 lottery results and assignments announced
March 30, 2020
Portal Opens for second round of choices
May 1, 2020
Portal Closes for second round of assignments
June 1, 2020
Portal Opens for summer enrollment
Portal closes for SY 2020-2021 choices




  • Attend the CMSD High School Choice Fair in January
  • Attend parent choice activities at your child’s school
  • Talk to other parents, teachers and family members to get their input on schools you are considering
  • Ask your child about the activities they are doing with their True2U mentor
  • Research which schools have a career tech program, early college options and other academic options your child can participate
  • Think about transportation and how your child will get to school. Take a ride on the RTA with your child to the schools you are considering
  • Decide if attending a year-round school is right for your child


New resources will be posted as they become available.

School Choice Portal Reference Guide


2020-21 CMSD High School Choice Book

2020-21 High School Choice Book


School Choice & Enrollment FAQs -  English  |  Español


School Locator - Elementary  |  High School


Please call the Office of School Choice & Enrollment at 216.838.3675 if you have any questions.



  • Schedule a tour at schools in which you are interested
  • Schedule your child for a “shadow day” at the schools you are considering
  • Attend open houses and information sessions at schools you are considering
  • Ask about what sports, clubs and other activities each school offers



Complete your application in the school choice portal
Select up to 5 school choices
Be sure to mark your choices in the order of preference



The first step is to enter the School Choice Portal and create a “family account” to get started.

Create one family account by completing an application for each child when you apply to a new school:

  • provide an email address
  • create a username
  • set a password

Families are required to create a new family account each year an application is submitted for your child. The same email address or username may be used to create your new account.

Parents and guardians use a single-family account to create, save, edit and submit an application for each child in the family who is applying to a new school. Families will use this account to view lottery results and positions on school waiting list, if necessary. Creating an account with an email address is recommended.



  • Log back into the school choice portal and ACCEPT your child’s school choice by the deadline
  • You may DECLINE a choice if you would like to accept another school on your list




Please call the Office of School Choice & Enrollment at 216.838.3675 if you have any questions.