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How to enroll:  Please visit for enrollment information. You can assist the planning for next year’s enrollment by completing a pre-enrollment form for your child at:


What are the boundaries for the 3 neighborhoods – Clifton, CUF and Spring Grove Village - that allow my child to attend? – All streets in the three neighborhoods are within the final boundaries of CANS.  You can confirm that your address is within the boundaries here:


Where is CANS currently located? – The Rising Stars Academy on Vine St. in Mt. Auburn (2120 Vine Street, 45202) is the temporary location for CANS.  This newly renovated location was chosen because it already houses pre-kindergarten classes (including the FCGLS Preschool Program) and is located on the edge of CUF.  You can schedule a tour of Rising Stars Academy on Vine by emailing


Is Rising Stars a good location? – The Rising Stars Academy currently does not have a “star ranking” from the State because it is such a new program.  All teachers and administrators are fully qualified per state requirements, and all documentation is in order for the site visit that will happen in 2017-18.  CPS expects a 5-star rating when that process is complete. The building has been renovated and currently houses approximately 200 students. Additional pre-k classes will be added next school year. The school has a cafeteria/auditorium, a library, a muscle room, an outdoor playground, and a gymnasium with a large play structure on soft ground as well as hard surfaces for toys like tricycles.


Where will the permanent location of CANS be? – The CPS Board of Education decided with a unanimous vote that CANS’ permanent home will be in the former Clifton School building located at 3711 Clifton Avenue (45220).  This building held the Clifton Elementary School for almost 100 years until that school closed. In 2005, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) signed a lease with CPS to use the building, which saved the building from charter school operation or auction. The CCAC is in the process of planning a move to a new location, sometime around late summer 2018. Renovations are required prior to CANS moving to the building in order to create a modern learning environment consistent with CPS’s other recently reopened properties.


When will CANS move to its permanent location? – CANS will operate at Rising Stars until the former Clifton School building is ready for use. This is expected to be no later than the start of the 2019 school year (August 2019).


Are there enough children to sustain CANS? If there are too many children, will my child be excluded? – Based on 2010 Census data, there are an average of 181 children born per year in the three CANS neighborhoods. Even if only 32% of those children attend, a K-6 school would have 405 children, which is a sustainable population for a school. All children within the school boundaries are eligible to attend CANS at any time. Projections for the 2018-19 school year are one pre-k class (3 & 4 year olds), one kindergarten class, and one first-grade class, each with around 20 children. With higher than expected enrollment, it will be possible to open additional CANS classes.


What about people who move into the neighborhood with older children; will they be able to enroll? – Any child moving into the boundaries will be able to enroll and attend at any of the grade levels offered. The anticipated growth is one grade level per year (first grade in 2018-19, second grade in 2019-2020, etc.). However, the CANS Advisory Group is collecting data about older children who would enroll if there were an opportunity; with sufficient interest, CANS might be able to grow to include higher grades sooner.


I’ve heard something about a partnership with UC. Is that happening, and what would it involve?   The CANS Advisory Group, all other community-members we’ve talked to, CPS, and the UC School of Education are all enthusiastic about a potential partnership between CANS and UC. UC and CPS are working to formalize the initial plans for partnership now, though the specific form of the partnership would emerge over time. A UC partnership might influence CANS’ learning model, provide classroom interns (aka student teachers) and provide other forms of teacher support, coordinate enrichment opportunities during school and outside of the school day, etc.


What will the CANS learning model be? – Our learning model and content emphases are currently being developed by the CANS Advisory Group based on community input. This process is approved and overseen by CPS. The Advisory Group is currently developing a survey about learning and content priorities. We will seek your input soon!


Who is the principal of CANS, and who are the teachers? Mrs. Jaren Finney is our temporary principal while we are located at Rising Stars Academy. Our teachers are Mrs. Ebon Wilder (K) and Mrs. Clare Tulley (Pre-K). Our first-grade teacher will be hired several months before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.  Special enrichment programs of music and art are taught by visiting teachers. Our current teachers will move with CANS to the new location, and CPS will hire a CANS principal as soon as feasible. 


Will before-school and after-school care be available?  After-school care runs from the end of classes until 6pm and includes special programming. The YMCA provides this care for a fee (reduced for those who qualify). Currently before-school care is not provided, but if enough students are interested, it will be. Please contact Dr. Carrie King at the YMCA (513) 508 8217 or email for more information.


Drop-off and Pick-up Logistics  Abundant parking spaces are located to the north of and behind the RSAVS school building, and designated doors located around the building are assigned as the entryways for specific classes. Bus service is provided for students in kindergarten or higher grades who live at least one mile from the school.


How can we be sure that CPS will create a good, diverse neighborhood school? Based on 2010 Census data, Clifton, CUF, and Spring Grove Village all have socioeconomically diverse populations. The population of the school will likely mirror this diversity. And, indeed, CANS already includes children from a variety of cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Good schools require strong support and participation from parents and community members, and by all accounts, CANS is off to a great start in this regard. These features, combined with the potential for partnership with UC and other businesses and institutions in Uptown, will create a high-quality school serving a diverse population.


Why can’t Clifton-area kids just go to Fairview? Fairview is a city-wide magnet school, and the enrollment process has changed so that Clifton children do not get enrollment priority. The demand for seats at Fairview greatly exceeds the number of spaces available. Forty children were on the waiting list for the 2017-18 school year.  All of this has created a difficult situation for families who are forced to seek other quality education options.


Will the use of vouchers be impacted by CANS? Yes. New vouchers will likely not be available for those residing within the neighborhood school’s boundaries for the 2018-19 school year. This is because CANS is not rated as a “failing school,” the condition for voucher availability. Students living within the CANS boundaries will be eligible for a voucher only if the family income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines ($49,200 for a family of 4). This is all determined by state law.


Is it possible to send my child to the new school in 2019-20, after it has had a chance to prove itself? Yes, any child in these three neighborhoods can enroll in CANS at any time (so long as s/he is in a grade that has begun). However, the faster CANS enrollment grows, the sooner we will reach important milestones, such as hiring our own principal. And, regardless, we are encouraging all interested parents to become involved now. The CANS Advisory Group hosts frequent social activities for CANS families to spend time and get to know each other, and we encourage all interested families to attend. CANS will be a great success if we all join together to make this long-term commitment for a better community.


What is the CANS Advisory Group, and how can I get involved? - The CANS Advisory Group is a group of volunteers committed to the new school’s success and shaping its initial direction. We are always looking for other community members to get involved. Reach out, and we will help connect you to the initiatives you want to contribute to. 

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