@SCSK12Unified OPTIONAL SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS STARTS JAN. 30; First Day for Bar-Coded Applications is Jan. 26

OPTIONAL SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS STARTS JAN. 30; First Day for Bar-Coded Applications is Jan. 26

The bar-coded Application for Optional Schools will be available for parents to pick up starting Monday, January 26. The bar-coded application reserves a parent’s initial place in line and allows them to submit the completed application using their method of choice. Bar-coded applications can be submitted by mail, online or in person before 5 p.m. on Friday, January 30.

The bar-coded application process helps ensure that applications are submitted and processed in a fair and efficient method. It also helps dispel the idea that it’s necessary to ‘camp out’ in order to get into an Optional School. In 2014, 2517 applications were submitted during the January 27-31 submission window for bar-coded applications. Out of this number, 99.8% of qualified applicants were offered positions in an Optional School of their choice.

“We are extremely honored that parents recognize the excellence of our programs and are always eager to begin the application process,” said Linda Sklar, Director of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics. “However, I want to reassure parents that lining up days in advance of the application process isn’t required for acceptance. We have a great system in place that ensures the integrity of the process and also provides parents with several convenient options for submitting applications.”

The submission dates for bar-coded applications this year are January 26-30. (See specific details below.)

This application process is for students who are not zoned to their Optional School of choice. Students who are currently enrolled in an Optional School and want to remain in their same program do not have to complete this process. For more information and application requirements, see attached FAQs


Application Pick-up

  • January 26, 6:30 a.m.

SCS Board of Education Auditorium, 160 S. Hollywood

  • January 27 – 29, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

SCS Department of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics, 160 S. Hollywood, Room 106


Application Submission 

Online: After obtaining a bar-coded application, visit the Optional Schools website and select the Online Application link. You must submit the completed application before 5 p.m. on January 30. Please note that only students who currently attend a Shelby County school are eligible to submit the online application. If you complete the online application and receive an official confirmation receipt, you will not need to return to the SCS Coe Board of Education in-person on January 30.

Mail: Mail the completed application and required documents to the Department of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics, 160 S. Hollywood, Room C106, Memphis, TN 38112. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on January 30.

In-person: Completed bar-coded applications will be accepted in person on Friday, January 30, 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Board of Education Auditorium.

Parents can also submit non bar-coded paper applications during this time and until the first day of the 2015-16 school year, but these are processed after bar-coded applications.

Parents who would like to find out more information about any of the District’s Optional Schools are strongly encouraged to attend one of the upcoming open house events. If your school of choice’s Open House has passed, you can also contact the school to schedule a tour.

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