Fingers are crossed each year as Metro students and parents hope they’re lucky enough to squeeze into a limited number of academic magnet school, or other optional school, slots.
It feels like playing power ball. Seemingly a game of win or lose, Metro Nashville Public Schools has historically dubbed the process its “lottery.”
Call it that no more. In a public relations move, combined with some new innovations to make the schools application process easier, Metro has scrapped the word “lottery,” rebranding it the district’s “fall selection process.” The application period for the 2012-13 school year begins Nov. 7.
“The random selection process that has been used is the same,” Chris Weber, the district’s director of student assignment services, told Metro Nashville Board of Education members Tuesday night. “We’re just using a different name.
“We feel that this is more or less easier for parents to understand, and also it gets away from the term ‘lottery,’ which oftentimes has negative connotations with winners or losers,” he said. “Ultimately, we would like to have more winners in our fall selection process.”
Metro’s selection process kicks off Nov. 7 –– the day applications for the 2012-13 school year are available –– at Isaiah T. Creswell Middle Arts Magnet School where parents can learn about the district’s assortment of magnet, charter and other options besides their zoned schools. Representatives from 33 schools will be hand.
“We want to encourage parents to visit schools,” Weber said. “Oftentimes a parent may seek the advice of a neighbor, and when they do, they often find a perfect school for their neighbor’s child but maybe not their own.”
He said Metro is asking parents to list the schools they visited on their applications.
For the first time in Metro, Weber said parents would be able to access an “online application process.” He said six schools –– all with academic requirements –– won’t be available via the online application this year.
Weber said the district’s new application webpage would allow parents to view their geographically zoned schools, prioritize geographic preference and view school cluster maps.
Applications are to be turned in Dec. 2. Parents can learn where their child has been admitted on Jan. 7 at the Martin Professional Development Center.