Dozens of parents visited the Metro Nashville Public Schools headquarters on Friday to beat the deadline for the district's school selection process.
They submitted some of the more than 15,000 applications Metro officials will be sorting through as they make school assignments for next school year.
"Most families - most students - apply for one or two schools, maybe three. We're really happy that we're in a position in this district where we're able to offer students a lot of choices," said Metro Schools spokesperson Meredith Libbey.
For the first time, late applications are being accepted, and those will be placed at the end of the waiting list. While for some schools, that may not help much, for others it could mean getting in.
"We added the wait list option, because we realized that sometimes it doesn't work out well for families. They may be new to the district and didn't know they would be moving here until after our deadline, so we still wanted to give people an opportunity to get on a wait list for a school," Libbey said.
Parents who opted for the old-fashioned paper applications at the central office said the long lines went smoothly Friday.
"It's been very easy. It's not complicated, and everyone here has been very helpful," said parent Marie Morris.
Selection day, when the results of the applications are announced, is set for Saturday, Jan. 12.
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