Nashville parents waited in long lines on Friday to turn in magnet school applications for their children.
Students will find out if they can attend the Metro magnet school of their choice during a lottery drawing on January 10.
Leketia Johnson was hopeful that waiting in line would pay off for her daughter.
"I'm trying to get her at a better school because I believe education for my children is the way to go," she told News 2.
Metro said applications for lotter/optional schools are up significantly this year, due, in part, to rezoning in the district.
Some parents, like Johnson, said is has to do with the failing public schools.
"The middle school she's in, she's not being challenged enough. She has really good grades, and I just think their curriculum is not at her standard," Johnson said. "Parents having to stand in a long line, and hope and pray that my child will get lottery, I think that is sad."
Parent Debbie Turner also hopes waiting in line will pay off the day of the lottery drawing.
She said, "We certainly as concerned parents want the best for our children. It would be my hope that she can have an opportunity at either the optional or the magnet school to enhance her knowledge."