Families visit every Metro School in one place at 2018 School Choice Festival

IMG_20180123_170126 On Tuesday, January 23, more than 2,000 students and families visited the Fairgrounds Nashville to attend the annual MNPS School Choice Festival. For two hours, families could explore every MNPS school, including our public schools, charters and specialty options for the 2018-19 year. The space was bustling with people and filled with the unique personalities of 160 schools. Many booths displayed student projects, or let their own student ambassadors tell the stories of their schools, but all booths gave families the chance to learn more about their offerings and meet school staff. Attendees could also visit information sessions to learn about the general school choice process.

Attendees also enjoyed puppet shows, a musical petting zoo, face painting, free children's books donated by our community partner Book’ Em and games on Microsoft devices. The School Choice Festival is not possible without our community partners and the volunteers at Central Office and from our schools—thank you to all who attended and made this year’s event a success!

This year, the School Choice  Festival was held during the optional schools application period. School choice applications opened on Jan. 10 and will remain open until Friday, Feb. 2.  Families can apply online at or can request a paper application from their school. If you’re interested in applying but you don’t know where to start, call the Family Information Center at 615-259-4636.