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(Memphis) – Southern Avenue Charter School rolled out the red carpet for students Friday, bringing them in in shifts to learn more about high school and college choices.

Southern Avenue Charter says more parents are putting in applications as they  look for more one-on-one education for their children.

“Our class sizes are generally 20 or less. Each of our grade levels offer an academic coach or specialist,” says Southern Avenue Charter School Principal Toby Finley.

Parents like Natasha Lewis aren’t waiting to see how things turn out with the merger of Memphis and Shelby County schools.
She enrolled her 5-year-old in Southern Avenue Elementary this year and has already seen the benefits.

“She is reading on a third grade level. She is 5. She knows her continents,” says Lewis.
Students say the more attention they get, it’s easier to learn.

“This school is really small. Teachers  have more time to teach you and more space to teach you.” says 7th grader Kelsea Anderson.

“When I need help the teacher comes and helps me on something I need more help in,” says 7th grader India Hines.

Charter schools are free public education not private.
Their students come from all across the city and only  a limited number  can be accepted.
But for parents who want more choices for their kids, it’s an option worth considering.
There are about 30 different charter schools in Memphis and more are planned.
You normally have to fill out an application for admission and some already have a waiting list.