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Thousands of Families Learn How Students Fare In MNPS Lottery

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The wait is over for thousands of families hoping to get their children into Metro's magnet and optional schools.

If you ask thousands of parents, the seemingly random numbers scrolling on the overhead screen prominently displayed in the Martin Professional Development Center hold the key to their child's future.

"I wanted the best educational experience for my children," parent Lynette Boone said.

Boone wants her children to join the 20 to 25 percent of Metro students who attend a school other than the one they're zoned for.

"My children are at a point where they need to be challenged," she said.

Metro estimates about 5,400 students vied for only 4,000 spots in a lottery for its optional schools.

"We're proud that, unlike a lot of districts, your zip code does not determine where you go to school," Metro Schools spokeswoman Meredith Libbey said. "What determines where you go to school is how you use this choice process."

Nearly 16,000 applications were submitted.

"We saw a tremendous surge in interest for Rose Park," Libbey added. "Meigs Middle School is always very popular, as is Head Middle School, Martin Luther King High School (and) Hume Fogg High School."

This year, families had to rank their school preferences, to give more students a chance at getting their first choice. Andrew Jackson Elementary topped the list for the Boone family

"I might make a lot of friends and this school is going to make me real happy," Boone's son Isaiah said.

"I visited the school. I talked to the principal at the fair that they had, and I was just very impressed," Lynette Boone added.

For those who didn't get their first choice, there's still hope.

"We'll start pulling from wait lists in late February, and we will do that about five more times through the fifth day of school and school starts August first," Libbey said.

After months of waiting, there's relief for the Boone family because the wait is over.

"I'm very excited about my choice today."

February 8th is the acceptance deadline. After that, schools will start offering the open spots to students on the waiting lists.

Metro schools has provided more information, including selection results and answers to frequently asked questions on its website: http://www.mnps.org/Page103950.aspx

 

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