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Optional Schools Application Now Available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 31, 2016) – Nashville families can now start planning for the 2017-18 school year by choosing where they want their children to attend school. The Optional Schools Application opened this morning, allowing families to apply for more than 90 Metro schools. Application booklets will also be sent home in student backpacks beginning today.

While families are always guaranteed a seat in their zoned schools, every year, the Optional Schools Application allows them to choose among open enrollment schools, as well.


  • Visit MNPS.org/SchoolChoiceInfo

  • Apply for up to seven schools

  • Rank choices in order of preference, one to seven

  • In January, a random selection process will determine to which schools a student is accepted.


  • We've adjusted the academic entrance requirements for Hume-Fogg Magnet High, Meigs Magnet Middle and MLK Magnet to account for having no state test scores from 2016.

  • Students who qualify for these schools are still being identified. Families will be notified by mail if their children qualify.

  • Pre-school and pre-K seats for Stanford and Hull-Jackson Montessori Schools are not on the application and will instead be offered as part of the pre-K application period next spring.

  • Eleventh and twelfth grade applications have to be reviewed first by the principal before being turned in to Student Assignment Services.


  • The deadline for the Optional Schools Application to be considered in the selection process is Monday, December 2.

  • Applications received after the deadline will be added to the end of applicable waitlists.

  • Paper applications must be received by 5:30 p.m. on December 2, and online applications will close at 11:59 p.m.

  • This deadline includes all pathway continuation forms, but does not apply to applications for pre-K, 11th or 12th grade.


  • Families can explore their options by visiting a school’s website, finding out their zoned school or researching their options using the district’s school finder.

  • Families can visit a school during Walk-through Tuesdays. Touring a school is the best way to see if it is the right fit. To participate in Walk-Through Tuesdays, families can visit their preferred school on the designated day and time or call the school to schedule an appointment for a different time.


Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.