2022-2023 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


The School Choice Portal is now open.


All parents and guardians making school choices for their children will need to make a new account. The portal has been redesigned and will not recognize previous usernames and passwords.

When you create your account, be sure to use a valid email address and cell phone number. You will receive email and/or text communication about your child's application through those methods.

Parents and guardians making choices for a current CMSD student will need the student's first and last name as it appears on their report card. They will also need the student's nine-digit student ID number to access their child's profile in the system. You can find your child's ID number on their report card or progress report. You can also request them in Schoology or call the school to get the ID number.

Parents and guardians making choices for a new CMSD student will create a student profile in the system.




Important upcoming dates

January 26
Community High School Choice Fair at East Professional Center (EPC) 5:30-7:30 PM
February 9
Community High School Choice Fair at John Marshall 5:30-7:30 PM
February 18
Portal Closes for First Round of High School Choices
March 4
First Round of High School Assignments Released
March 14
Portal Opens for Second Round of High School and PreK-8 Choices
April 22
Second Round of School Assignments Announced


Applying to a Criteria High School

If you are applying for one or more of the five criteria high schools (Bard Early College, Cleveland Early College, Cleveland School of Architecture and Design, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, and Cleveland School of the Arts) you will need the following information for that application:

  1. Names and email addresses for two individuals who will be sent a Recommendation Request to complete. The recommenders should be individuals such as teachers, principals or coaches.
  2. A 200-word essay on why the student wants to attend the high school. You can cut and paste the essay into the application.
  3. If your child is not a current CMSD student, you will need copies of their two most recent report cards and State Test reports. These documents will need to be uploaded as part of the application. If your student is a current CMSD student, you do not need to do this.

The application you submit will be used for all criteria high schools that you apply for. An application will not be reviewed if any part of the application is incomplete.

Individual criteria high schools may require additional information such as an audition, interview, or additional testing. Please contact the school if you have any questions.


Questions and Assistance

Call the Office of School Choice and Enrollment at 216.838.3675 for questions and assistance in making a school choice.



Now, more than ever, it makes sense to Choose CMSD.





For all K-12 enrollment assistance, including Project ACT and Special Education, call 216.838.3675.