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

Choose Hamilton:
The Second Round of Choice
Applications is open!

The second round of School Choice applications is now available. This is an opportunity for families that missed the first application deadline to apply for any of the remaining seats at our open enrollment schools and Future Ready Institutes.

This late application window is open now through July 1st.

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)


Aplicación en Español

(Spanish Application)


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



School Choice options


School Choice Admissions


10/31                 Public sharing of available seats  

11/14                  School Choice application opens   

01/31/23          School Choice application ends

2/10/23           District runs Choice lottery

2/17/23           District shares lottery results with families

2/24/23          Deadline for families to respond to initial lottery offer

3/1/23  Round 2  School Choice applications open for new applicants only


Seats will continue to be offered where seats are available until the 1st day of school.

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]