About Hays-Porter School

Hays-Porter Elementary School is a neighborhood school in the West End area serving students in preschool through sixth grade. At our school, the mission is possible. Our students are creative thinkers and lifelong learners. By providing them with access to cutting-edge technology and tools—such as a makerspace, 3D printers, video editing software and more—we are giving them a competitive advantage. Our location in the West End enables us to partner with and build on the community's IT resources. Through rigorous academic classes and visionary electives, our students are inspired to take ownership of their futures.

We are committed to working collaboratively with our families to provide results that focus on the success and achievement of every student.


We will work together to foster curiosity and celebrate our students' strengths with fair and consistent procedures. We are determined to maintain a safe, caring and orderly workplace for our school community, empowering all to strive for excellence.

School Motto

Hays-Porter School
Is a Special Place I come to Everyday.
I will try to do my best, I will follow the rules today.
I can be anything I want to be.

After-School Care

Hays-Porter students have access to the FamiliesFORWARD After-School Program, Monday-Thursday until 5:30 p.m. The program provides students with access to enrichment activities as well as a snack and dinner. There are limited slots available. Applications must be completed and submitted to the After-School Coordinator. Priority will be given to families that have childcare vouchers through Hamilton County Job and Family Services. The After-School Program Office is located in the Parent Center. You may contact the FamiliesFOWARD After-School Program Receptionist Monday through Thursday between 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at (513) 363-1097.  Please contact the Families Forward After-School Coordinator with any questions.

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.

What is a Community Learning Center (CLC)?

Schools and the communities they serve are closely linked. Seldom does one succeed without the success of the other. That's why our CLCs support student achievement, enrich and revitalize communities, and maximize the community's return on their financial investment.

We are very proud to be a CLC and a neighborhood anchor. We strive to go beyond academics to focus on the whole child by serving as a hub for community services that are available to all students, their families and the entire community. We are able to offer a variety services thanks to the collaboration and support of our many partners and the committed community of West End.

Our Resource Coordinator

Richara Richardson is the Resource Coordinator for Hays-Porter.

The key component of a CLC is the partners who provide services and support. To manage and align these valuable partnerships, our full-time, onsite Resource Coordinator, Ms. Richardson, plays an integral role in the success of the Community Learning Center.

To learn more about the services available at our school or how your company or organization can become a CLC partner or volunteer, please contact Richardson at (513) 363-1099 or via email.

Local School Decision-Making Committee (LSDMC)

LSDMC is a group of parents, teachers and community representatives. The group functions in an advisory role to the principal, to determine program, policy and budget issues for the school.

School Visits and Tours

We welcome visits from parents and guardians as well as prospective families who would like a tour. To protect student safety, all visitors must register in the office before going to the classroom. Parents/guardians who would like a conference with their child's teacher must schedule an appointment with the teacher.

Tours are also available on request. To schedule a tour, stop by our main office or call us at (513) 363-1000.

Our History

Hays-Porter Elementary School was created in 2006 as a result of merging four schools:

  • George Hays Elementary
  • Jennie Porter Elementary
  • Heberle
  • Washburn

In 2009 the school moved to its current location on Cutter Street — a 66,100-square-foot state-of-the-art facility designed for 450 students.

George Hays and Jennie Porter Bios

Hon. George W. Hayes (1847–1933)

George W. Hayes was a former slave and the first black court crier in Cincinnati. Mr. Hayes married Mamie Forte in 1874 and they had five children. He later served three terms in the Ohio General Assembly, as a Republican. He and his family were members of the Union Baptist Church, Cincinnati. Hayes Elementary School in Cincinnati is named for him.

He is buried in the Union Baptist Cemetery in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati.

Jennie D. Porter (1876-1936)

Jennie D. Porter was born in Cincinnati in 1876. In 1914, she established the Harriet Beecher Stowe School, designed to give African-American children the same educational experiences that white children received. Porter was its first principal and served as such until her death in 1936. Read more about Jennie D. Porter.