There are several options for parents when it comes to getting their kids into their school of choice.
For many years Memphis City Schools parents would line up outside of the school administration building, waiting for hours, sometimes days to get into an optional school or into an international baccalaureate program.
Since MCS has merged with Shelby County Schools, the optional school choice is available to all students, but there is a criteria.
"Usually the criteria centers around test scores, grade, behavior, attendance, but it does vary school to school as to what those criteria are," explains William White, MCS' Executive Director of Student Research.
White says as far as optional schools are concerned, they're on a first come first serve basis. He also says these types of schools, for example White Station and Overton High schools, must also have the space available. This program will be available until the school year starts.
"If you're interested in optional or IB (international baccalaureate) programs, you can still research those programs and get an application," White added.
The IB, or international baccalaureate, is a rigorous academic program where a student can get an internationally recognized diploma. The most recent option for students is the general choice. It's the former open enrollment for MCS and the old student transfer process for Shelby County.
"We have blended those processes and we now have this online process that will start on Friday and that will be the process on getting a transfer just based on availability."
Even though all of the choices are available to parents right now, next year is still a work in progress.
"We're certainly listening to all of the feedback we're getting from our parents and our community and those decisions will get made based on that input. Certainly our board will weigh in on how certain things are handled," says White.
So parents, if you want to give your child the best academic chance, it's your choice to pick the best academic option.
You can call the Office for Division of Optional Schools at 901-416-5338 or 901-416-5830. Enrollment closes April 1.
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