Some magnet-school programs in Nashville, Tenn., allow students to choose from numerous Advanced Placement courses or earn dual high-school and college credit, but entry into the top schools is determined by a lottery and seats typically are available for only about one-third of the students who apply. The city's traditional high schools are being improved through a new academies program designed to enable students to pursue specific academic interests in an effort to ensure all the city's students are prepared for college and careers.

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