What is School Choice?


Every student has different interests, hopes, and dreams and must have access to opportunities that best open doors to exciting pathways to possibilities for their future. Choice schools expand the options for students to attend schools that best fit their individual interests and skillsets. These schools offer students opportunities that will propel them forward and ensure they are future-ready for college, career, and beyond.
Every student in Hamilton County is guaranteed a seat at their zone school. School Choice provides additional programs and school options through a randomized choice lottery application. Choice options include innovative learning experiences, unique academic curricula, theme-based programs, eLabs, project-based learning, and individualized learning communities. School choice options include Magnet schools, Open Enrollment schools, Future Ready Institutes, Early Postsecondary Opportunities, and Hamilton County Virtual School. 

School Choice Spanish vide

School Choice Lottery Applications Open November 13, 2023.

Choose Hamilton: 
The First Round of Choice Lottery Applications is open!

The first round of School Choice lottery applications is now available. This application window is open now through January 31st. If you have any questions about an existing application please email [email protected]

Current HCS Students Application Link

New to HCS Application Link 
(Kindergarten Applicants and New to the District)


Solicitud en Español

(Spanish Application)


Questions about accessing the application? Check out the How to Apply page. 




School Choice options


First Day Ready Timeline

The first day ready timeline is a great tool with all the important dates for our families to keep an eye on. Here, you will find key dates, deadlines, and events. Download a copy now!

Questions about School Choice? Email [email protected]