Should I apply to School Board School?

We’re glad you asked! Check out the information below and if you are still wondering if you should apply, get in touch with us.



Who would make a good School Board School participant? 

Participants will be very different, with different backgrounds, skill sets, and experiences. But what they will all share is a passion for and knowledge about our community, a belief in the ability of all our district’s children, a willingness to learn, and a track record of having positively impacted our community in the past. 

Additionally, participants should be excited to join an organization that is new and is learning as we build this program. We want people who are flexible, entrepreneurial, and are comfortable with emergence.

Participants need 5-10 hours a week to devote to the program. Some weeks, that will be time on your own reading and preparing for group sessions or meetings. But often, that time will be with the group. It’s important for participants to have flexible schedules during the day in order to attend board meetings and school tours. For applicants considering serving on the board, you’ll need a flexible daytime schedule and at least 10 hours a week (AT LEAST!) to devote to the work, so now’s a good time to start considering these variables.


If I want campaign help, should I apply to School Board School? 

There are lots of great organizations that can help you campaign but School Board School is not one of them. School Board School is not involved in political activity. Once participants decide they want to run for school board, they will connect with organizations that specialize in campaign work.


Is the program open to anyone, regardless of political party affiliation? 

School Board School is non-partisan but participants must align with the vision and values of CPS, including those outlined in the below policies and resolutions so that you are working in concert with the people in the district and can move toward better outcomes for kids faster.

Are there any hard and fast requirements?

Since we are currently focused on Cincinnati Public Schools, you have to live in the district’s boundary.

Additionally, participants will sign a media waiver so that we can share all the good stuff we’re doing with the world. That means you need to be okay with your participation in this program being public knowledge. We don’t want anyone’s boss or family to be surprised when they see a picture of you on a school tour during your long “lunch!”

What if I don’t live in the Cincinnati Public Schools district?

We are in the process of growing and expanding School Board School, and hope to start branching out to other communities in 2020. If you are interested in bringing School Board School to your community, please get in touch with us. We’d love to talk!