With just more than three weeks left to sign up, more than 180 students have applied to attend one of Rock Hill's "schools of choice" - campuses open to any student in the district.
It's not clear how many seats are available at each school.
Associate Superintendent Luanne Kokolis said she would meet with principals when all applications are in to determine final capacity.
Families can apply to enroll children in one of five programs across seven schools of choice. The deadline is March 31 and enrollment is first-come, first-served.
The choices are:
Northside Elementary School of the Arts
The Children's School at Sylvia Circle's Montessori program
Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies' magnet program for gifted and talented students
Ebinport and Richmond Drive elementary schools' Spanish language and global studies programs
Saluda Trail and Sullivan middle schools' Middle Years International Baccalaureate programs
The number of applicants ranges among schools from 12 to 58, according to district figures as of Tuesday.
More are coming in, principals said.
Sunset Park was leading the group with 58 applications, about the same number the school had received at this time last year, principal Tammy White said.
The growing push among public school systems to offer choice and magnet programs reflects parents' demand for more options, Northside Principal Linda Crute said.
"Whatever we do in today's society, people want choice," she said.
Any Rock Hill student can apply to attend a school of choice. Those in the school's attendance zone get first choice and bus transportation. Families outside the attendance area must provide transportation.
The exception is Sunset Park's gifted and talented magnet program, which requires applicants to meet the state's "gifted and talented" guidelines. However, any elementary-age student can apply for the school's accelerated studies program.
The best way for families to see if a choice program is right for their children, Crute said, is to visit.
"Even if they have an inkling that they're interested, just go visit the schools and see what's going on," she said.
"We look forward to more and more people coming to visit."