Enrollment FAQ’s

CLASSICAL will begin enrollment for the 2023-24 school year (kindergarten through 7th grade) on December 19, 2022. We will be adding a grade each year until K-12 is served.

Who is eligible to attend Cincinnati Classical Academy?

Any Ohio resident entering grades K-7 in 2023-24 is eligible to apply to attend Cincinnati Classical Academy tuition-free. (The State of Ohio provides funding for Ohio residents, but not for out-of-state residents.) 

Which grade levels are offered at Cincinnati Classical Academy?

CLASSICAL began in 2022 by offering kindergarten through sixth grade. We will be offering grades K-7 for the 2023-24 school year. We will continue to add a grade each year until K-12 is served.

Is it too late to enroll my child for the 2022-23 school year?

Yes. We will begin enrollment for the 2023-24 school year on December 19.

Is there an Open House for parents to learn more about the school?

Yes. Prospective parents are invited to join CLASSICAL’s headmaster and teachers for an overview of our academic philosophy, academic plan, school life, and planned sports/clubs, and a detailed explanation of the enrollment process on at our Open House on November 10, 2022 from 7-9 PM. Please visit our Parent Info Events page to register beginning in the first week of October. If you are unable to attend the Open House, you may wish to watch a video of one of our Parent Info Nights from 2022. We also have several dates each month for school tours. These dates are listed on our Parent Info Events page.

How old does my child need to be to apply for kindergarten?

Students must be five years old by September 30, 2023 in order to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year.  

Is there an application or form to submit for enrollment?

Yes. Parents should submit one application per student during the enrollment period, which begins on December 19, 2022. After that date, you can click onto the ENROLL button to access the enrollment application. By submitting an application, you are indicating that you would like a seat in a certain grade; however, your student is neither obligated to attend nor guaranteed enrollment if applications exceed capacity.

What happens if the number of applications exceeds capacity?

Because the number of applications is likely to exceed capacity for any given grade, a lottery will be held to determine who is offered admittance and who will be placed on the waiting list. The lottery will be held on March 6, 2023.

Is anyone given preference in the enrollment process and lottery?

Yes. The following categories of students are given weighted preference during the lottery:

  • Students who have a parent who is a full-time employee of Cincinnati Classical Academy
  • Students who reside in the Reading Community City School District
  • Students who already have a sibling in the school or admitted to the school

If I am applying for full-time employment at Cincinnati Classical Academy, will my child be given preference in the lottery?

No. Children of prospective full-time employees will participate in the lottery without the employee priority. The full-time employment priority applies only to those who are already full-time employees of Cincinnati Classical Academy at the time of the Enrollment Application period.

How will I learn the results of the lottery and know if my student has been offered a seat?

Results of the lottery (including waiting lists by grade) will be available in each applicant’s online account on the Parent Dashboard (currently inactive) immediately following the lottery event. Parents will also receive an email with this information. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that CLASSICAL has the most updated contact information (phone, mailing address and email address) for notification purposes. For specific more information about lottery and notification, please visit our Enrollment Process page.

What happens once I am notified that my child has been offered an available seat?

Parents of all students who have been offered an available seat must complete and submit registration forms with valid supporting documents by the deadline communicated by the enrollment coordinator or the student’s seat will be forfeited to a student on the waiting list.

Will my student have to participate in the lottery each year?

No. Once officially enrolled, all CLASSICAL students have the opportunity to re-enroll for future years, subject to continued Ohio residency and other academic and disciplinary guidelines as stated in the Family Handbook. The re-enrollment period for current students runs from November 28-December 16, 2022. Parents of current students must inform the school if they plan to return for the following year.

Will the grade level waiting lists for the current school year carry over into the enrollment period for the following school year?

No. Waiting lists are terminated each academic year and do not carry over. The waiting list is terminated prior to the lottery event for the following school year.

If I have further questions about enrollment and school tours, whom should I contact?

Please feel free to contact our Enrollment Manager, Mrs. Janet O’Callaghan, at jocallaghan@cincyclassical.org