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January 28, 2019
Memphis parents submit 1,700 school applications online in first hour
That includes Shelby County Schools’ most popular “optional” schools that have academic requirements for admissions and any school that a student is not zoned to attend.
October 26, 2018
As Memphis parents struggle to find information about schools, one parent group is calling for a simpler enrollment system
In unified enrollment, each family across the city would fill out a common application listing their top choices and submit them electronically by the same deadline.
January 25, 2018
New online application for Memphis’ most popular schools goes live Monday
Though parents laud the move to online applications as a significant step toward equity, the time-sensitive nature could still favor students from wealthier families.
December 6, 2017
Inequities of ‘tent city’ would persist online under plan for applying to Memphis’ most popular schools
The mostly first-come, first-serve approach would still challenge parents without digital access or with inflexible schedules.
September 13, 2017
‘Tent city’ is ending in Memphis. Will online admissions to prized schools be fairer?
In January, Shelby County Schools will move its process for applying to optional schools completely online, and it's exploring other changes too.
September 11, 2017
Parents: Here’s your chance to offer feedback on the race to get into Memphis’ most popular public schools
The optional school application process — which is academically selective and done on a first come, first serve basis — has long been a source of criticism.
March 14, 2017
Debate over Sunday sports bumps vote on Memphis school tuition vouchers
About 40 Memphians made the seven-hour round trip drive to Nashville, only to have the voucher bill that rallied them delayed.
February 24, 2017
To convert historic East High into T-STEM school, Hopson taps proven STEM principal
Shelby County Schools turns to one of its veteran educators — and an East High graduate — to transform one of its most iconic schools.
January 21, 2016
Here’s the optional school that has Memphis parents camping out in January
"Tent City" emerges again on the lawn of Shelby County Schools' central office as families seek to secure spots for hot schools.
February 21, 2014
Plans for selective school in Fairview building prompt questions about meeting needs of all students
Less than an hour after Shelby County Schools announced a new principal for its highly-anticipated new optional STEAM school in midtown Memphis, board members raised concerns about plans to require all students to meet a certain academic threshold to attend the school.
January 27, 2014
Parents wait in bitter cold in hopes of enrolling children in selective public school programs
In Memphis, hundreds of parents lined up by the school district’s home office in midtown this morning in hopes of being able to send their…
January 17, 2014
Students enrolled in municipal districts can attend Optional Schools for free
Students who are enrolled in the new municipal school districts being created by six Memphis suburbs will not have to pay tuition to enroll in…
January 15, 2014
Deadline approaching for optional schools application process
Parents, it’s time to dig out your child’s old report cards and standardized test results. The mad dash to get your child into one of…
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