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Parents line up to get children a spot at Sunnyslope High School

Posted: 2:29 PM, Jan 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-06 09:18:24-05
Parents at Sunnyslope High School

PHOENIX — Some parents really will do anything for their kids.

"This is the ultimate in parental love and sacrifice," Kim Garcia laughed.

Garcia pitched a tent outside Sunnyslope High School. As of Sunday morning, she was one person of about 100 in line to register her child to attend Sunnyslope next school year.

A coffee and heater were the only things keeping her warm on the cold morning. She got in line at 3 a.m. Sunday.

"It was a whole group effort," she said. "A lot of coordinating and planning."

The parents have children in other schools and are hoping for a variance to attend Sunnyslope, part of the Glendale Union High School District.

There is no class Monday morning, but the office will be open to start registering students.

Christopher Yap was among the few students also camping. He'll be a freshman next year and is number two in line.

Why did he wait with his parents?

"Because they forced me to," he smiled.

A little more than 2,000 students attend the school. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks it one of the top high schools in the nation.

In the 2019 rankings, the school easily breaks into the top 10 percent of high schools nationwide at number 1,300 of 17,245 schools. In Arizona, it lands at number 18 of all high schools, number five among traditional public schools.

The rankings are based on performance on state assessment tests and how well the school prepares students for college.