School Choice Lottery Process

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    Registering for the Lottery

    The School Choice Lottery application process begins at the beginning of January for middle and high schools and in February for elementary schools, utilizing the new electronic paperless application process.

    To access the School Choice Lottery, you will first need to log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The School Choice Link located within the Parent Portal will allow you to submit your application(s), track waitlist numbers and accept or decline offers. If you need a user name/password reset and cannot remember the recovery email address you provided, please send a picture ID, your child's name and date of birth to parentportalaccess@columbus.k12.oh.us for assistance.

    If your child is not currently a CCS student, you must complete the online enrollment process prior to submitting a lottery application. Parents are encouraged to utilize the online SpeedyPass registration process and schedule an appointment to present required enrollment documents. You’ll receive your Parent Portal access code at your enrollment appointment.

  • Lottery  Deadlines

    Lottery for 2020-21 School Year

    If interested in submitting a lottery application for 2020-21 you must submit your School Choice Lottery Application by the deadline in order to be part of the lottery draw.  Late lottery applications will be added to the applicable waitlist in the order they are received. 

    • High School & Middle School Lottery Applications:
      Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 8 through Friday, February 28, 2020

    • Elementary School Lottery Applications:
      Accepted via the Parent Portal Monday, February 3 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (Date extended to Thursday, April 30, 2020 due to COVID-19)

    • Pre-K Lottery Application:  Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, April 1, 2020 through Thursday, April 30, 2020 (Date extended to Friday, May 15, 2020 due to COVID-19)  - Please note that all General Pre-K seats at all Pre-K locations will be filled using the School Choice Lottery process.  More information can be found on the School Choice and Pre-K webpages.
    • Selective Admissions:
      Letters given to eligible students January 14th , with a submission deadline of Friday, January 31, 2020.  Applications must be submitted via the Parent Portal (see letter templates under Selective Admissions)

    • Reservations:
      Letters given to eligible students January 8th , with a submission deadline of Friday, January 31, 2020.  Applications must be submitted via the Parent Portal (see letter templates on this webpage)

     

    • Request to Return to Homeschool Application:
      Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 8 through Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (see letter template on this webpage)

     

    • ROTC:
      Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 8 through Friday, February 21, 2020