Parents camp out to reserve spots in optional schools

Parents camp out to reserve spots in optional schools

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Dozens of Shelby County Schools parents camped out to get their children into optional schools Wednesday night.

Many parents arrived and set up camp Wednesday morning and plan to stay outside SCS headquarters until Monday when applications become available.

The school district stresses there is no need to camp out because families can use bar code applications that reserve their place in line up until the deadline at the end of the month.

Parents say they'd rather be at the headquarters in person.

"It's really not a sacrifice. It's what you do for your children," said father Seth Agranov. "What we're doing out here is getting our kids into the best schools in Memphis. The problem is that there are only so many good schools in Memphis."

The district says the bar code method is the most fair and efficient.

Last year, 99.8 percent of qualified applicants were offered spots in the optional school of their choice. Click here to learn more about the SCS Optional School program.

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