PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- It's turning into a Valley tradition, dozens of parents and students lining up to register at Sunnyslope High School.
Parents have been camped out for more than 24 hours in advance to register Monday morning at one of Arizona's top high schools.
Superintendent Kathy Hoffman was "shocked" by the line of parents who waited to register students for Sunnyslope. She applauds the school choice but reinforces the need for school funding.
"I feel sad knowing that there are so many parents feeling that the school in their neighborhood that's close by is not able to offer the programs that their child needs," Hoffman said. "It is good to know parents are doing their research and trying to find what they think is the best school, but at the same time I wish that every school can be the best school for every child."
Hoffman emphasizes that this is not going to be easy. She thinks continuing to put more effort into teacher recruitment and retention is helpful. She also believes that better pay will gain better teachers. "I think by having the highest trained, most effective teachers in the classroom, we can make sure we have the best achievement for students," she said.
In 2019 rankings, the school breaks into the top 10% of schools nationwide at 1,300 out of about 17,000 schools. In Arizona, Sunnyslope ranks No. 5 among traditional public schools.
"We've heard great things about Sunnyslope," said one hopeful parent. "We know a lot of families whose children have either gone here or are going here. It's a great school for sports, it's a great community school."
There is no class Monday but the office is open to start registering students at 6 a.m.
The school will first take legacy students, that's children of staff and teachers. It's unclear how many students will be accepted once registration begins.
Sunnyslope High School is located at Central and Dunlap avenues.