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The Hospital School Program

We believe school is an important part of every child’s day.  Participation in educational services helps patients achieve their educational goals while receiving treatments. Certified teachers collaborate with the patient’s school on standards-based learning goals, create lessons and assignments, and assess student learning. Individualized lessons are taught during the school year and summer.  

Program Objectives

The Hospital School Program has three goals:

  1. To provide normalization during hospital stays.
  2. To develop and maintain academic skills.
  3. To promote a connection with classroom and peers.

The Hospital School Program at Cincinnati Children's helps your child keep up with schoolwork. 

Components of the Program

  • Preschool (ages 3 to 5)
  • Kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Young adult (GED, advocacy, instruction)

Services Offered

  • Academic instruction by certified teachers
  • Professional volunteer instructors for advanced-placement subjects and post-secondary educational support
  • Communication with high schools, colleges, and universities to develop a plan for course work, and to submit completed work
  • Advocacy for accommodations and modifications when appropriate
  • Extended instructional hours as needed for completion of assignments in multiple subjects
  • GED preparation, practice, and test administration
  • Face Time and Skype to deliver instructional content


  • “We greatly appreciate the comprehensive approach Cincinnati Children's takes with their patients, addressing not only their medical needs but also their educational needs.”
  • “This is one hour a day when my son can feel like a ‘normal’ kid, and with everything else going on it is a welcome time. I cannot imagine what it would be like not having school each day and how far behind he would be without this terrific program and these wonderful teachers.”
  • “He tested ‘proficient’ in all four categories: reading, math, science, and on-demand writing! You played such a huge role in his success!”
  • “The teachers see the child within, not the outward transformed appearance produced by various medical procedures and medications. The education program is invaluable to my family and others dealing with very sick children who are fighting for a future of health and well-being.”

For more information on available services, questions or comments, call 513-803-1022.

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For more information on available services, questions or comments, please call 513-803-1022.

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