NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Metro Nashville Public Schools will host a 1st Choice Festival Thursday evening for parents and student to explore various school options.
The first ever 1st Choice Festival will allow parents to gather information on schools available to their children, meet with representatives, and learn how to apply for an optional school. Options will be available for all elementary school, middle school and high school students.
The event will be held at McGavock High School beginning at 4:30 p.m. A large crowd is expected and overflow parking has been created at The Donelson Fellowship, Two Rivers Middle School, Wave Country and Opry Mills near Bass Pro Shops. Shuttle services will be provided by Anchor Trailways.
In addition to the 1st Choice Festival Metro Nashville Schools also unveiled an online comparison tool for students and parents. The new website allows parents to see the different school options, information about the optional schools' application period and important deadlines for the application.
The comparison tool lets students explore schools by location, grade level, areas of interest, and a variety of other school-specific characteristics.
"This project has been in the works for a couple of years, and we are really excited it is ready to use," said Director of Student Assignment Services Chris Weber. "Our school options and specialty programs are ever-growing, and we want our families to be able to easily explore and compare what is available."
By using the new online comparison tool, families can plug in their address and first find their zoned school to see what it offers. Officials said that the tool is designed to give families a better picture of what their zoned school offers, explore the other options available and make informed decisions.