Welcome to the RCS School Choice & Open Enrollment site! School choice means giving families access to a variety of K-12 education options for their students. Rutherford County Schools (RCS) is committed to ensuring we are responsive to our families’ needs, that our families are engaged as partners, and that students have access to a variety of options. Our school choices include high-quality community schools, specialized academic programs and academic magnet schools, a virtual school program, an MTSU laboratory school, and personalized learning environments.
Rutherford County Schools has published the following guide for parents to learn more about choice school options for 2023-2024 — including academic magnet schools, advanced academic program schools, open choice schools, a virtual school and a charter school. This guide provides important information for parents wishing to apply, including a list of schools and their available openings, how to apply, important deadline, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Please CLICK HERE to download the School Choice guide.
We encourage you to learn more about our academic offerings, enrichment opportunities, and exceptional choices through this School Selection Guide. Please use this resource to explore all that Rutherford County Schools has to offer.
For more information about school choice in Rutherford County, visit our website or email email@example.com.
All applications will be processed electronically and checked for accuracy. Any falsification of information may result in your registration not being processed and/or denied.
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Available for 2023-2024 School Year
Academic Magnet (December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023)
Important! Applications for Academic Magnet programs closed on January 31. Applicants to McFadden School of Excellence and Central Magnet School will receive notification of their admissions status via mail during the month of February. Applicants to Thurman Francis Art Academy will be notified by the second week of March. Students who received admissions offers in February or March will have until April 1 to accept their seat in Scribbles.
Advanced Academics (December 1, 2022 - April 1, 2023)
Important! Applications for Advanced Academic programs at Oakland High School and Smyrna High School closed on January 31. Applicants will receive notification of their admissions status via mail during the month of February. Students who received admissions offers in February or March will have until April 1 to accept their seat in Scribbles.
Applications for Lavergne High School’s Early College at Motlow will remain open until April 1. Applicants will be notified during the month of April.
Open Choice (December 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023)
Important! On February 2, RCS will run a lottery for Open Choice zoned schools that have more applicants than available seats. Families will be notified of their application status that date via email and the Scribbles Dashboard.
Applications for all Open Choice schools with remaining seats will re-open at 8: 00 AM on Friday, 2/3/23.
Applicants who receive an admissions offer to Homer Pittard Campus School will be contacted by mail during February and will have from February 20- February 28 to accept their seat in Scribbles Family Dashboard.
Holloway High School will continue to accept applicants for the 2023-2024 school year on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer.
Virtual (December 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023)
Important! Rutherford County Virtual School will continue to accept applicants for the 2023-2024 school year on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer.
Charter (June 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023)
Important! Since the application to open Springs Empower Academy was approved by Rutherford County Schools, they have been working diligently to find a high-quality location for their program. The team at Springs Empower Academy is still finalizing the details of purchasing land and therefore have chosen to delay enrollment for one year.
While waiting until the fall of 2024 is not what they had hoped for, their team believes that building a brand-new school in Smyrna will give them the needed time to continue connecting with families looking for a public charter option, hire an excellent team of teachers and administrators, and ultimately establish their long-term home for Springs Empower Academy.
They will continue to share updates, including information on their location, renderings of the new facilities, and how you can submit an enrollment interest form in the coming weeks. Be the first to get updates on Springs Empower Academy by following them on social media at @SpringsCharterSchoolsTN.
Employee (December 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023)
Please note, pursuant to School Board policy, employees who live out of county are not eligible for slots at schools without a zone, including Central Magnet School, Holloway High School, Homer Pittard Campus School, McFadden School of Excellence and Thurman Francis Arts Academy. If an employee works at one of these schools and lives out of county, they may obtain an exemption to a nearby traditional school.
Employees who have questions about submitting a zone exemption request through the Scribbles platform should contact the Community Relations Department at 615-893-5812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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