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Parents camp out to submit magnet school applications

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2012 17:36 PM

Students who reside outside of the Marietta school district in Georgia still have an opportunity to enroll in the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA), an elementary magnet school for high-performing students, The Marietta Daily Journal reported.

However, places are limited. This is why 60 people recently chose to camp out in line for 24 hours to be among the first families to submit an application when MCAA started accepting them at 7:30 a.m. on February 6.

To be eligible for a seat at the magnet school, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0, according to the news source. In addition, they are required to have scored in the 75th percentile or higher on the reading and math portions of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS).

"We’ve done tours of a number of different schools in the area, [and] nothing against them, but nobody has pushed the science, engineering and math as the focus of the program," Prasanna Katta, a father who hopes his twins will be accepted to MCAA’s third grade, told the news outlet.

At MCAA, the classrooms are rich with technology, and students are equipped with laptop computers, according to the Center’s website.