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Archdiocese Of Cincinnati

CISE works to transform the lives of urban children by providing access to a strong Catholic education at designated inner-city elementary schools and Catholic high schools. Gospel values are taught in an environment of respect, safety and discipline. CISE works with the schools to promote excellence through collaboration and accountability. Tax ID 31-0538501


Thanks entirely to the generosity of our donors, Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund (CISE) is able to support eight Catholic elementary schools in some of Cincinnati’s poorest neighborhoods.  We know education is the critical component in breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The CISE schools are making a remarkable and positive difference in the lives of our students. 

With your help, all children, regardless of their religious backgrounds and economic circumstances, have the opportunity to receive a quality education at a neighborhood Catholic school in Cincinnati’s inner-city neighborhoods.

Over the past 35 years, the schools supported by CISE have changed as neighborhoods change, always striving to reach the maximum number of children. 

The schools currently supported by CISE are:

  • St. Boniface in Northside
  • Corryville Catholic
  • St. Francis de Sales in East Walnut Hills
  • St. Francis Seraph in OTR
  • Holy Family in Price Hill
  • St. Joseph on Ezzard Charles
  • Resurrection in Price Hill
  • St. Lawrence in Price Hill

This year there are 1,850 students (PK-8th Grade) in the eight CISE elementary schools. In addition, there are 325 CISE students attending local Catholic high schools with financial and other types of support from CISE. 

Student Demographics

  • 94% Poverty
  • 81% Minorities
  • 76% Non Catholic