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Thousands Of MNPS Students Apply To Attend Optional Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The waiting game has begun for families who are hoping to get their kids into a magnet or optional Metro School. Friday was the deadline to submit an application.

It was a busy day at the central office as families waited until the last minute to meet the deadline. No matter when families applied, their applications will be given the same consideration.

"There is no benefit to applying the first day. There is no penalty for applying the last day," Metro Schools spokesperson Meredith Libbey said. "It all comes in. It's all mixed up together."

This year families were asked to prioritize their choices, to give more students a better chance of getting their top picks. Parents told us they want their children to be more challenged, which is why they were applying for a different school than the one they're zoned for. Metro estimates between six to eight thousand students entered the lottery.

"Yeah I'm going to be nervous a little bit because I want my first option," parent Cynthia but of course that doesn't always happen so I'm kind of nervous,"

Metro says in the past seventy percent of students got into at least one of their choices.

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