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  • Dear MSCS Families,

    We are writing with an important update regarding the Optional Schools and General Choice Transfer application launch. As many of you are aware, we encountered a technical challenge this morning due to a nationwide outage from one of our software vendors. This unexpected event coincided with our planned application launch, and we understand the frustration and inconvenience it caused.

    We want to assure you that your ability to apply for Optional Schools and General Choice Transfers has not been compromised. The application window has been rescheduled to open at 10 a.m. on THURSDAY, FEB. 1, 2024.

    The application can be accessed by visiting the links below or from the District’s homepage ( or PowerSchool ( with your parent/guardian login. 

    Optional Schools:English Choice Transfer:English Windows:

    The priority window for Optional Schools: Applications received by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2024, are processed first. [UPDATED]

    The priority window for General Choice Transfers: Applications received by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2024, are processed first. [NO CHANGE]

    We take our commitment to providing fair and equitable access to this process very seriously. Representatives from IT, Communications, Optional Schools, and General Choice met today to thoroughly understand what happened and conduct a comprehensive analysis. We are taking all necessary steps to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future.

    Important Dates:

    • Application Window Opens: Thursday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.
    • Optional Priority Window Closes: Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m.
    • General Choice Transfer Priority Window Closes: Friday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Progress Reports issued: Tuesday, Feb. 7


    • Optional Schools FAQs - English
    • Optional Schools FAQs - Spanish
    • General Choice Transfer FAQs - English
    • General Choice Transfer FAQs - Spanish

    We appreciate your patience and understanding and will continue to keep you informed of any further updates.

    Sincerely,The Memphis-Shelby County Schools Team

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  • Hi Families,

    Welcome back to the 23-24 school year. Please take a moment to read the  Welcome Back Letter and review the Family Handbook. 

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  • Please see the attached PDF for the 23-24 school year supply lists and uniform information. 

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