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Rutherford Choice


School choice means giving families access to a variety of K-12 education options for their students. 

Rutherford County Schools 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. 

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, email [email protected], or follow on Twitter @RCSchoice.

RCS Choice School Guide


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. 

Priority Deadline: Requests for all academic magnet schools, advanced academic schools and open choice schools will be accepted Dec. 1, 2022 through Jan. 31, 2023. Except for the academic magnet programs, which use ranking systems, a random lottery of all complete and qualified applications will be conducted to determine which applications are accepted. For information about sibling priorities, please see the frequently asked questions section at the end of this guide. 
Secondary Deadline: Requests will be accepted for any remaining seats at open choice and advanced academic schools through April 1, 2023. 
Those selected for a seat for an academic magnet school will be notified during March. In all cases, parents have until April 15 to confirm they are accepting a seat for a student.