MNPS Open Enrollment Begins Tuesday 3-01-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

MNPS Open Enrollment Begins Tuesday 3-01-2011

Reported By Regina Raccuglia
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
Metro students can start applying to attend school out of their zone Tuesday. The school system opened its annual Open Enrollment Period at 6:30 a.m.

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From now until March 31, students can submit forms to attend a school outside their school zone if the school has seats available and the family can provide transportation.
"People were lined up sitting in chairs, just like they were going to a concert, waiting for their tickets," said Metro parent Alicia Lange.
There are about 40 elementary, middle and high schools on the list. For the first time, six new magnet schools are also an option.
"I want to be better. I don't want to be just 'that kid,'" said Metro student Kinya Phil. "I want to be one of those people (who) people look up to and are, like, 'She did it. She tried. So I can do it, too.'"
Kinya said she wants to be a doctor. But first, she has to pass ninth grade.
She said she doesn't feel challenged enough at Whites Creek High School. So she took her mom to the MNPS office to apply for the open enrollment program in hopes she'll make it into a magnet school.
"Now colleges will look at her and say, 'Oh, look, give her a chance,'" said Kinya's mother, Yohana Phil.
Students must submit the applications online or take them to the MNPS Customer Service Center by the end of March. Applications are selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
Click here for a list of schools available for open enrollment.

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