Welcome to CANS letter from Laura Mitchell (Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent):  English or Spanish


Preschool, Kindergarten, First and Second Grades are preparing for a fall opening in our new building



Three of Cincinnati’s most historic neighborhoods - Clifton, CUF* and Spring Grove Village –  are united to grow a great new elementary school! We’re giving our children guaranteed access to quality public education.

We are still on schedule to open this coming August in our new home at 3711 Clifton Ave. 

Visit this online tool to see if you live within the CANS boundaries.

Enrollment for Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade & Second Grade classes for the 2019-20 school year is now open. Please visit the Ed Center at 2651 Burnett Ave to fill out your information and join this great new elementary school.

*CUF is the coalition of Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview


Update: Clifton Area Neighborhood School naming process

When CPS decided to open a new neighborhood school for CUF, Clifton, and Spring Grove Village, 'Clifton Area Neighborhood School', or CANS, was chosen as a short-term name while the school established its identity. With our school preparing to move into our new home this Summer, the time has come for a more permanent decision.  To inform the choice of the Local School Decision-Making Committee (LSDMC), community input was solicited at a school open house on May 7, as well as by electronic survey distributed via the PTO list, CANS facebook group, CANS website, and community councils. Feedback was also gathered from CANS teachers and students. With all of this input, the LSDMC made a decision at its meeting Friday, May 24. 

The LSDMC voted unanimously to maintain the current name: Clifton Area Neighborhood School, and to go through a process of choosing a logo and shortened form of the name (whether “CANS" or something else). Note: the name must still be approved by the CPS Board of Education. 

Over 55% of those polled preferred “Clifton Area Neighborhood School” or “Clifton School", and the LSDMC felt that there was strong evidence that shifting to the shorter name “Clifton School” or similar would fail to adequately include our Spring Grove Village and CUF families and stakeholders. While a number of namesakes for the school were suggested, support did not coalesce behind naming the school after any of the individuals considered and there was some concern that such a choice would be divisive. The LSDMC concluded that "Clifton Area Neighborhood School" was the best reflection of the three neighborhoods the school serves, as well as the identify that the school community has already begun to build.

The LSDMC also voted unanimously to adopt forest green and gold as the school colors and to table the decision of school mascot for a later year when the school has grown to include higher grades of students. 


 About US

We are the CANS Advisory Group, a group of dedicated parents and community members. Partnering with Cincinnati Public Schools & University of Cincinnati Department of Education, it is our mission to help shape our new school so it may offer the best, well-rounded education for all our children and to take advantage of the people, places, and organizations in our community.


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