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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about CISE. Click here to submit a question that is not answered below. We will answer you and post it to our FAQs if we think it is one others might have.

What does CISE stand for?
atholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund. It is also sometimes referred to as the CISE Fund

How many Catholic elementary schools receive funding from CISE?
Currently there are eight schools in the Cincinnati’s urban neighborhoods receiving funding from CISE.

Where are the CISE Schools located?
St. Boniface, Northside
Corryville Catholic, Corryville
St. Francis de Sales, East Walnut Hills
St. Francis Seraph, Over-the-Rhine
Holy Family, Price Hill
St. Joseph, Ezzard Charles
St. Lawrence, Price Hill
Resurrection, Price Hill

How many students are in the CISE Schools?
There are just over 1,800  students (PK-8) enrolled in the CISE schools. In addition here are over 300 CISE school graduates attending local Catholic high schools. Most with financial and other types of support from the CISE high school program.

What are the demographics of the CISE Schools?
Demographics for the eight CISE schools as reported in the Superintendent’s Annual Report are as follows.
– 93% Poverty
– 83% Minority
– 76% Non-Catholic

Does CISE provide funding for high school?
Through a donor-directed high school grant program, which was established in 2000, CISE elementary school graduates can apply for assistance to continue their education at a Catholic high school in their area. For more information contact email

Do the CISE schools accept Ohio EdChoice Vouchers?
Yes! Please contact the CISE school where you would like your children to attend for additional information on the application process and deadlines.

I am a parent and am interested in sending my child to a CISE school.  Where do I start?
Contact the CISE School that you are interested in for information on the application process and deadlines.