About Clifton Area Neighborhood School

The Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS) serves the historic Spring Grove, Clifton, and CUF (Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview) neighborhoods. Our school now serves preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students, but we are a school on the grow. Additional grades will be added annually until we offer grades Pre-K through six.

Cincinnati Public Schools launched our school in response to community requests for a public school dedicated to the noted three community areas. CPS worked with the CANS Advisory Group, a coalition of community volunteers, to develop and launch the new school for the 2017-18 school year.

We are a neighborhood public elementary school, offering guaranteed admittance to children living within the established boundaries who are the appropriate age for offered grade levels. Admittance does not involve a lottery.

Start-Up Location

Our classrooms will be housed at the Rising Star Academy on Vine (2120 Vine Street) while we update the beautiful Clifton School building, located at 3711 Clifton Avenue, to meet 21st century education standards. We anticipate moving into our permanent building in the Fall of 2019.

Before and After School Care

After-school care runs from the end of classes until 6pm and includes special programming. The YMCA provides this care for a fee (reduced for those who qualify). Currently before-school care is not provided, but if enough students are interested, it will be. Please contact Dr. Carrie King at the YMCA (513) 508 8217 or via email.

Community Learning Centers

For our schools to transform, our communities must be revitalized. For our communities to revitalize, our schools must be transformed. They are dependent on each other and Community Learning Centers are the link. Our school will become a Community Learning Center.