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Metro Schools to release school-selection results Saturday

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Saturday is a big day for Nashville students and parents, because they'll find out if they've won the school-choice lottery in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

It is a big and emotional issue for many parents, and the process has undergone a few changes this year.

The goal this year is to get more students into their preferred schools so that means a change in how they are accepted and placed on waitlists.

After it received the state's coveted Reward School designation and SCORE prize, Rose Park Magnet Middle School has become a popular choice among parents.

"Parents today are more informed than ever about the status of a school and how they are doing, and I believe that's what led to a rise in the selection process," said principal Robert Blankenship.

Rose Park received more than 800 school choice applications. Overall, a record 15,700 school-choice applications was received from 5,900 families.

"Most students applied to two or three schools, and our goal is to get students into their highest-ranked schools and let them know as quickly as possible," said Metro Schools spokeswoman Meredith Libbey.

Many families will find out Saturday if they got their first choice.

For the first time this year, families had to rank the order of their preferred schools. Students who get into their first choice are automatically admitted and not waitlisted for any other school.

However, those who are selected for their third choice will be admitted to that school and also waitlisted for their top two preferences.

"That allows us to free up those seats for families for whom your third choice was their first choice," Libbey said.

At Rose Park, school leaders are thrilled more families are recognizing their hard work by choosing their school.

"I believe this is what happened: the word got out, 'Hey, they are doing it well. We need to go check it out and see if they are for real.' And they did," Blankenship said.

Results of the selection process will be available at the MNPS website Saturday morning, and parents can also visit the Martin Professional Development Center to find out the results.

Staff will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon to answer questions.

Acceptance letter must be submitted by Feb. 8.

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