2019-2020 School Choice Portal

"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


To help families choose schools that meet their needs, our School Choice Portal aims to give you the tools to make informed decisions.


Important Announcement

Say Yes to Education

Cleveland Joins Say Yes to Education!

Cleveland has been become the fourth chapter of Say Yes to Education, a historic development that will bring college scholarships to CMSD students while also providing services designed to keep them on track to graduation. Check out this CMSD-TV video that was played at the announcement.





Important Dates

December 3, 2018
Portal opens for High School Choice
January 7, 2019
Portal opens for Elementary School Choice
January 23-25, 2019
Attend the CMSD High School Choice Fair with your school
January 23, 2019
Eastside Community Choice Fair
East Professional Center - 1349 E. 79th St.
Families Welcome
February 21, 2019 - updated
Westside Community Choice Fair
Max S. Hayes High School - 2211 West 65th St.
Families Welcome
March 22, 2019 @ 5:00PM
School Choice Portal closes
April 1, 2019
Lottery Results announced
April 1 - 19, 2019
Login to the School Choice Portal to ACCEPT or DECLINE school 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



School Choice Portal Reference Guide


2018-19 CMSD High School Choice Book

2019-20 High School Choice Book

English  |  Español


View School Choice Videos for each High School
School Choice & Enrollment FAQs -  English  |  Español
Mythbusters - common misconceptions debunked - (pdf English and Español)


School Locator - Elementary  |  High School
High School Activities
High School Sports


Please call the Office of School Choice & Enrollment at 216.838.5437 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 216.838.5437 if you have any questions.



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