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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Thousands of Huntsville City School students from these nine failing schools are now eligible to transfer to non-failing schools.

Parents are also eligible for a $3,500 tax credit if a student goes to a private school.

The Country Day School in Huntsville is planning on taking applications from transfer students. But school leaders said not everyone that tries to transfer will be accepted.

They are looking for students that care about education and parents that take an active role in what their children are learning. School leaders said private schools have a very short window to fill out paperwork and qualify for the new Accountability Act program.

Another hurdle is tuition. Country Day's founder said tuition is around $7,000 a student but they're willing to help families that reach out to them.

"They would sign a contract with us that would assign their tax credit," said Sherri Naff. "That's $3,500 and the other $3,500 we would help them try to find a scholarship for."

It is unclear how many students will transfer out of the nine failing Huntsville City Schools. 

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