Online Enrollment and School Choice Platform Expected to Include City’s Charter Schools in Coming Years
SAN FRANCISCO, June 14, 2016 – Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) in Cleveland, Ohio partnered with SchoolMint, the leading provider of mobile and online enrollment and school choice systems for PreK-12 district, charter, and independent schools, to support the implementation of its school choice program. As a result of the use of this award-winning system, the district was able to serve 3,644 families in the 2015-16 school year and plans to expand its use of the system to include the city’s charter schools.
CMSD initially implemented its school choice program in 2014 in response to declining enrollments and in an effort to address equity and transparency for parents and their children. Following the initial program implementation, the district sought a technology system that would further simplify the choice, selection, matching, waitlist, and registration processes for parents and for the administrative team.
“We were in need of a technology-enabled, centralized data clearinghouse to support and manage informed school choices for our more than 30,000 families here in the district,” said Kevin Alin, CMSD’s Executive Director of School Choice and Enrollment. “SchoolMint represented a number of value propositions we were seeking and provided us with an integrated system to efficiently manage our school choice program.”
SchoolMint’s comprehensive system makes the end-to-end enrollment experience easier to manage for both school staff and parents. Its four primary solutions include Application and Lottery Management, Registration and Re-enrollment, Digital Forms and Documents, and School Choice and Unified Enrollment. These solutions provide a mobile and user-friendly option for parents as they navigate enrollment and school choice.
“With the right technology partner, we are able to offer parents greater transparency and enable fair and equal access to the schools of their choice. SchoolMint has helped us manage our high volume of application data and informed our system-level thinking,” Alin said. “It has improved parent communications which will be important as we expand the school choice program with our charter schools in the future.”
SchoolMint is currently used by more than 2,500 schools in 70 cities in 30 states and four countries. This includes use in districts such as CMSD, Camden City School District, and Indianapolis Public Schools, and leading charter school networks such as Achievement First, Uncommon Schools, and Aspire Public Schools.
“We understand the unique needs of districts and charter school networks alike,” said Jinal Jhaveri, SchoolMint CEO. “Districts such as CMSD should offer equity-based systems to parents so that all students have an equal opportunity for a quality education that serves their individual needs. Our system has helped thousands of families and staff members at school systems nationwide navigate the enrollment and school choice process with ease in an efficient, intuitive, and streamlined way.”
SchoolMint provides a cloud-based student enrollment and school choice platform to PreK-12 independent, charter, and district schools. Since its founding in 2013, more than 2500 schools worldwide have chosen SchoolMint to streamline all aspects of student enrollment and registration, school choice, lottery management, fee collection, and year-round parent-school communication. Available online and on mobile devices, SchoolMint’s user friendly design transforms the end-to-end enrollment experience for district staff and parents. Visit www.SchoolMint.com to learn more.
Chief Marketing Officer