In September 1975, the Alternative College Preparatory Program began at Covedale School. Hailed a success by parents, students, and administrators, this program serves as a blueprint for similar alternative schools throughout the city.

Each year, the curriculum at Covedale has become more innovative to better meet the needs of the students. The present program of excellence was developed because of the dedication and creativity of the well-educated and highly motivated teaching staff working closely with interested and cooperative parents. In addition, on our road to excellence, the development of the total child is stressed.


    All students in grades 5-9 belong to an Advisory Team. Advisory Teams are made up of a small group of students and a teacher. They are a place where students make plans: for school, for college, for their careers and for their futures. This is a safe time to talk about barriers and needs; to be serious, but to have fun, too. Advisories are helping students build academic and social skills by breaking down barriers, fostering relationships, strengthening listening skills and, most important, building trust.

    CPS' My Tomorrow Initiative

    My Tomorrow is a new vision of education for CPS in which every student is prepared for the remarkable future racing straight at us.

    Content Standards

    At CPS, we aim to ensure all of our students graduate from high school ready for the career paths of their choice. That's why all of our schools offer coursework that challenges and engages our students. We follow Ohio's Learning Standards to ensure our students at all grade levels build the skills and knowledge they need to be college and career ready.


    CPS offers enrichment programs for students who are identified as gifted. Visit the CPS website to learn more about our gifted programs.

    Monitoring Academics and Testing

    Students in Cincinnati Public Schools are tested throughout the school year to determine knowledge and skill levels. These tests measure students’ achievement to determine strengths and weaknesses so teachers can adjust instruction to meet students’ needs. Visit the CPS website to learn more about the testing procedures and monitoring academics.

    Special Education

    Special education and related services are offered to children ages three through twenty-one in public and non-public schools. Visit the CPS website to learn more about our programs and services.

    Third-Grade Reading Guarantee

    Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee aims to ensure that struggling young readers get the support needed to improve. Learn more about how the third-grade reading guarantee works.