Parents wanting to get their children into Tel Aviv's highly sought-after nature or arts schools are proving to be willing to go to surprising lengths to ensure a place for their offspring, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. The city was astonished recently to discover that wealthy north Tel Aviv parents are forging rental contracts to show south Tel Aviv addresses because acceptance procedures at the schools are easier for students from the impoverished south. According to the report, the two schools - the Nature, Society and Environment school on Rehov Herzl and the School for the Arts on Rehov Lloyd George - have reputations for quality and receive numerous applications from around Tel Aviv. With 30 percent of places at the schools reserved for students from south Tel Aviv, aspiring students from other areas face stiff competition to get in, and must pass tough tests of their abilities and talents. The report said the city was finding that "not a few" parents are unwilling to accept that their children's talents alone might not be enough to win them a place. "We are very disturbed by this phenomenon, which is growing and widening," a municipal Education Department spokesman said. "Parents from the north of the city are taking advantage of the finances they have (to forge rental contracts), at the expense of students from the south, who are thus being prevented from studying at the schools." The city has reportedly hired a private detective to investigate parents suspected of having forged addresses, and those found to have done so will have their enrollments cancelled immediately.