After an inaugural year in 2017, Preschool (age 3 by 9/30/17) and Kindergarten (age 5 by 9/30/17) and First Grade classes started in the Fall of 2018. In the Fall of 2019, Second grade classes have been added. Over the next several years, the school intends to add one grade each year ultimately accommodating students from preschool through 6th grade.

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School office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Phone: 513-363-2200 

We are now located in our permanent building at 3711 Clifton Ave.


Our building.

Draft Vision and Mission Statements

Vision: Our collaborative community celebrates diversity and inspires a lifelong love of learning. 

Mission: CANS embodies the unique multiculturalism, innovation, and arts of Cincinnati’s historic neighborhoods of CUF, Clifton, and Spring Grove Village. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati and other Uptown institutions, we will:

  • Provide innovative learning experiences

  • Create a community of multicultural inclusion and respect

  • Develop the whole child through high academic standards, artistic creation, social-emotional growth, and experiences in nature

  • Connect learning to real-world problems in order to cultivate an engaged citizenry


Partnership with UC School of Education

A formal partnership between CPS and UC School of Education in CANS exists and is constantly developing. Read more here.


Learning Model

After extensive community input, Clifton Area Neighborhood School has adopted Expeditionary Learning (EL) as its learning model. It is not just about academics. We believe in the power of developing the whole child. 

Through our (EL) program, we nurture the social, emotional and physical development of our students to ignite a passion for lifelong learning.

Our curriculum is based on programming developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound USA. Classes feature hands-on, experiential learning both inside and outside of the classroom that is designed to support students in mastering content knowledge and essential academic skills; building leadership, empathy and character; and completing high-quality work.  EL emphasizes critical thinking, a growth mindset, community engagement, and empowers students to take active roles in their education. EL leads to higher than average standardized test scores and has been demonstrated to close achievement gaps. This aligns well with the community priorities that have been expressed for the school, and it aligns well with the UC School of Education priorities.

What Does This Mean for Students?

Students apply their knowledge in authentic ways, instilling a love of learning that serves them well — academically and personally.

Your child will benefit from:

  • Hands-on learning activities

  • An emphasis on shared ownership of a positive classroom and school culture

  • Differentiated instruction that challenges and empowers all students to reach their full potential

  • A commitment to fostering confidence and independence

  • A partnership with the University of Cincinnati School of Education to support the integration of current research in our instructional practices


Explore These links to learn more about EL: