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HOW TO ENROLL:  Maggie Naber, our enrollment advisor, can be reached at:  phone: 363-0258 fax: 363-0245.  Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is always open, please call to ask for a packet.  The CANS Advisory Group has started pre-enrollment for 2018-2019 will begin next year for PreK, K, and 1st grade. Our online pre-enrollment form is here.  2018-19 Enrollment through CPS for PreK will begin on February 1, 2018 and KG – 1st will begin in April.


What type of school will CANS be? Is there any way my child will be denied enrollment? - CANS is a neighborhood public elementary school, offering guaranteed admittance to children living within the established boundaries (check here) who are the appropriate age for offered grade levels.   Admittance does not involve a lottery.  Admittance in grades KG and up is guaranteed for every student, admittance to PreK is determined by the number of seats available.  At this time, we do not expect any child to be denied to PreK living in our boundaries.


What are the boundaries for the 3 neighborhoods – Clifton, CUF and Spring Grove Village - that allow my child to attend?Click here to enter your address in the CPS school finder.  All neighborhood boundaries of CUF, Clifton, and Spring Grove Village are included.   If there are open seats in CANS PreK and K classrooms, “Out of Neighborhood” addresses can apply for consideration for admission by the principals of other neighborhood schools in question.  Please ask our enrollment expert, Maggie Naber, for directions on how to apply for admission when your street address is not assigned to CANS on the CPS school finder page.


Where will the new school be located? - The Rising Stars Academy on Vine St. in Mt. Auburn(2120 Vine Street, 45202) is the temporary location for the new Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS).  This location was chosen because it already houses Pre Kindergarten classes (including the Fairview-Clifton German Language School Preschool Program) and is located just on the edge of CUF.  Rising Stars Academy on Vine invites tours of their facility.  Please schedule your visit by email with Krystn Metzger at


Who is the Principal of the new school and who are the teachers? - The new school will have Ms. Jaren Finney as our temporary Principal while we are located at Rising Stars Academy on Vine Street.  Our first teachers are Ebon Wilder (K) and Clare Tulley (PreK).  When the school is ready to move into the permanent location, CPS and the LSDMC of CANS will work together to hire our Principal.  


What are the start and end times for Pre-K and K classes at Rising Stars on Vine? - All-day Kindergarten and PreK classes start at 8:45 am and end at 3:15. Half-day PreK classes start at 8:45 am and end at 11:45 am after lunch.  We are currently looking at parent interest to move CANS to an earlier start time in the coming years.  Please email if you would like to be a part of the discussion.


Drop off and Pick up Logistics - Previous traffic congestion has been remedied with improved design and operations. Additional parking spaces were created behind the school building, and designated doors located around the building are assigned as the entryways for specific classes.  KG offers bus service to and from school.


Will Before-School and After-School Care be available?   After-School Care runs until 6PM through the YMCA.  The YMCA provides this for a fee (reduced for those who qualify).   Before school care is currently not available due to lack of interest.  We hope to bring this service back next year.   The YMCA contact for before and after school care at Rising Stars is Dr. Carrie King at 513 508 8217 or email for your application.


What about people who move into the neighborhood with older children, will they be able to enroll? - After CANS has grown into a complete K-6 school year-by-year, any child moving into the boundaries will be able to enroll and attend at any of the grade levels offered.  The anticipated period of growth is estimated to be one grade level per year.


Is tuition support available for Pre-K CANS students, through either Head Start or Preschool Promise? - Preschool Promise grants are for full time Pre-K children whose families make up to 200% of the federal poverty threshold. There is a full tuition grant for such children. Head Start, which is federally funded and is only for half-day pre-K attendance, is not currently available, because Rising Stars Academy must first receive state certification, which is currently pending.


What will the educational model be at CANS? - The educational model and special content subjects is currently being developed by the CANS Advisory Group, which is comprised of interested parents and community residents.  This leadership group will contribute members to the first Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) of the new school.   This group is currently meeting regularly with faculty members from the University of Cincinnati Department of Education, with whom CANS hopes to have a strong partnership. The programming committee is an open group and always welcoming to new members.  Please email if you are interested in attending the next meeting.


What do we know about Rising Stars Academy on Vine? - The Rising Stars Academy on Vine Street currently does not have a “stars 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 sometime this school year.  We expect nothing less than a 5-star rating when the process is complete.  The building has already undergone renovation, currently operates Pre Kindergarten classes, and will be ready to house additional classes next school year.   The gymnasium has an indoor playground that will feature a play structure on soft ground as well as hard surfaces for toys like tricycles.


How long will CANS operate at Rising Stars on Vine? - Although Rising Stars Academy on Vine will be primarily used for Cincinnati preschoolers, CANS will operate here until the permanent location at 3711 Clifton Avenue (in the former Clifton School building) is ready for use.  This is anticipated to be no later than the start of the 2019 school year.


Are there enough children to sustain a school? Or, if there are too many children for one class in 2017, will my child be excluded? - Based on the 2010 Census data, there are an average of 181 children born per year in our 3 communities.  Even if only 32% of those children attend, a K-6 school would have 405 children, which is a sustainable population for a school. CPS is planning to open the school this year with one PreK class (3&4 year olds) and one KG class. We expect to have at least one PreK, KG and 1st grade class next year (2018-19).  If more children are enrolled than anticipated, CPS will accommodate all students, using additional classrooms at Rising Stars Academy on Vine Street.


How can we be sure that CPS will create a good, diverse neighborhood school? - Although CANS has only 2 classrooms at this time, our student population includes children from a variety of cultural, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Good schools always require strong support and participation from parents and community members, and this - combined with partnering with businesses and institutions in Uptown - will create something uniquely positive.  Based on the 2010 Census data the neighborhoods of Clifton, CUF, and Spring Grove Village all have diverse populations based on socioeconomic information.  The population of the full school will likely mirror this diversity.


Why can’t Clifton area kids just go to Fairview? - Clifton Fairview German Language School is a city-wide magnet school that has a recently-changed enrollment process. Neighborhoods close to the school have no advantages for admission or being chosen in the lottery. The demand for seats at Fairview greatly exceeds the number of spaces available. There are many children living in the Clifton/CUF/Spring Grove Village area who are unsuccessful with their lottery choices yearly resulting in a frustrating situation for families now forced to seek other quality education options.


Will the use of vouchers be impacted?  - Yes.  We have reason to believe that vouchers will not be accessible for the 2018-19 school year.  With the opening of the new school, it will be unranked for a few years until it is established, and will not be a “failing school.”  Students living within the boundaries of the school 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). We have asked CPS to help us to fully understand this State-determined issue which is still under study.


Is it possible to send my child to the new school in a few years, after it has had a chance to prove itself?  - Yes, but we are encouraging all interested parents to become involved now.  Enrollment at a later time will always be possible, CANS is a neighborhood school and always open to every child within our boundaries.


What is the Advisory Group?  How can I help and how long of a time commitment is expected? - The CANS Advisory Group is comprised of volunteers from our 3 neighborhoods who are committed to the new school’s success. We are looking for parents of potential new students and community members to help with planning and follow-through of every facet of the school.  Any level of time commitment is greatly appreciated. Currently, the Advisory Group meets monthly as we plan and fulfill  tasks.

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