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For best chance at school choice, sign up by March 13

Families that want to enroll children in a different CMSD school for the 2015-16 school year have until March 13 to sign up if they want the best chance of getting their top choice.

CMSD is a portfolio district, offering a variety of school models to fit students’ varying needs. Students may enroll in any school in the District if space is available and, in some cases, they meet admissions criteria.

Recruiters are focusing most on eighth-graders who will enter high school in the fall. Other students will remain enrolled at their current schools unless they decide to transfer.

Max S. Hayes High School, a career technical school, is drawing the most interest so far. Max Hayes, now on Detroit Avenue, will move in August to a new state-of-the-art building near West 65th Street and Clark Avenue.

Second is Bard High School Early College Cleveland, which opened this school year. Bard, operated in partnership with Bard College of New York, allows students to seamlessly earn a high school diploma and college associate’s degree in four years, all accomplished at the school.

The rest of the top 10 most popular choices are James Ford Rhodes High School, Campus international at Cleveland State University, the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at the John Hay Campus, the Cleveland School of the Arts, Facing History New Tech High School, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, MC²STEM High School and Nathan Hale School.
Bard, the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine and the Cleveland School of the Arts have admissions criteria. 

Demand for Nathan Hale has grown since the District announced that nearby Paul Revere School will close after this school year. Recruiting efforts have focused on convenient alternatives.

If demand for a school exceeds capacity, a lottery will be held to fill seats. Results will be announced March 24.