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Parents camp out for 5 days pays off

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Camping out in freezing temperatures for five nights. Lining up before dawn?

This is what some Memphis parents did to get their children enrolled in optional schools.

Optional school enrollment allows parents to tailor their child's curriculum to focus on theme-based

programs, like college prep or fine arts.

MORE: Parents camp out for optional schools

There is a huge demand for this every year. Even so, the number of students who have already received applications on Tuesday is shocking.

"She wants to go to Harvard, that means you have to get your ducks in a row," said David Phillips, whose 11-year-old daughter Amber has Ivy League dreams.

As soon as he found that out, Phillips knew exactly what he needed to do - get his daughter in the best school possible.

"When they tell you early, you have to prepare early," he said.

Phillips was not the only parent willing to camp out for five days.

"I'm so excited! It's so worth it."

"Absolutely worth it! I've had friends who have been here all weekend."

Hundreds of parents lined up for hours in the freezing cold Tuesday morning just for an optional school enrollment application.

Phillips, who did not camp out with other parents all weekend, left work at 3 a.m. early Tuesday and got in line by 4 a.m. His work paid off. He was No. 195 in line, but that didn't matter because he would stand in line for his child's future education again.

"I would do everything that a father would do to make their daughters dream come true," he said.

Applications were only available until 5 p.m. Tuesday, and will be offered Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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