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High school choice begins Nov. 28

Parents and caregivers can start choosing high schools for the 2023-24 school year when CMSD’s enrollment portal opens for selections on Monday, Nov. 28.

Families may explore the District’s many options online or at choice fairs scheduled Nov. 30 at East Professional Center, 1349 E. 79th St., and Dec. 8 at Max S. Hayes High School, 2211 W. 65th St. Both fairs run from 5 to 7 p.m.

All CMSD eighth graders will also get a chance to meet with high school representatives at East Professional Center during the day the week of Nov. 28.

Families of current eighth graders or high school students who want to switch high schools may submit preferences at No action is necessary for students who will remain at their current high schools. The portal will close for the first round of assignments on Jan. 13.

Under The Cleveland Plan, a customized blueprint for education reform in the city, students are allowed to attend any CMSD school if space is available or, in few cases, they meet admissions requirements.

To help students and families find the right fit, CMSD offers a wide range of high school models, including STEM options, the arts, science and health or medicine, career tech, early college and more. 

The high school choice fairs are being held earlier in the school year than usual. In the past, the first fair typically did not occur until January.

“After parents and their children attend a CMSD high school choice event, they should discuss which high school options the parents believe are best for their children and make their choices in the school choice portal by Jan. 13, 2023,” said Rick McIntosh, executive director of school choice and enrollment.