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MNPS Optional School Program Opens Online Applications

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- November 1st marked the opening of the application process for parents interested in sending their children to Metro Schools outside their zoned area.

The Metro Nashville Public Schools' 2013-14 Optional School Application period runs from November 1 to November 30th. During this time parents can apply for their students to attend schools outside their normal school zone. Metro School officials said this year parents can request up to seven schools during the application process, but each school must be ranked in order of preference.

"The purpose of prioritizing schools is to encourage families to really think about the schools they are submitting applications for," says Director of Student Assignment Services Chris Weber, "not just checking every school option available. We want our students and parents to find a school that really fits the needs of the child and family."

To ease the application process, this year Metro Schools have unveiled an online application tool for parents. The application, available on the Metro Schools web site, allows parents to apply for schools they have chosen. The online application will be available until May 22, 2013, but those families wishing to be included in the Jan. 12 Selection Day must complete the application before 5:30 p.m., on November 30, 2012.

Paper applications for the Optional School Program are also available at the Metro Schools Customer Service Center at 2601 Bransford Avenue.

Also available this year is an online school comparison tool that parents can use to explore school options for their students. The comparison site allows parents to select schools by grade level, geographic location, before and after school care, scheduling, and specific academic program.

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