Los Angeles, CA
In 2015, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a Los Angeles-based high performing charter network serving 12,500 low-income students spanning grades 6-12, was looking to automate its application, lottery, and registration process to save time and to increase efficiency for both staff and families. “Many schools in our network were completing the application process in a manual fashion and with different timelines,” said Charlie Wolfson, director of project management. “We wanted a more streamlined, consistent approach.”
SchoolMint’s online and mobile system provided Alliance with a cost-effective, transparent, and user-friendly solution for automating the overall application and lottery management process. For parents in the network, the SchoolMint platform allows them to utilize an online common application so they can apply to multiple schools across Alliance at one time versus applying school by school with paper applications. And, the system provides them with timely communication and updates throughout the entire application process.
The robust platform provides Alliance staff with real-time visibility to application data, ensures tight compliance, and enables more insightful reporting, analysis, and planning. Automation with SchoolMint also meant no longer having to manually input or re-enter application data into PowerSchool, Alliance’s SIS. Having one system which houses student data across all schools from the application process through the registration process was a key reason Alliance selected SchoolMint.
“We initially piloted SchoolMint with six schools and then expanded to 21 the following year,” said Wolfson. “Our schools are able to better manage the application process from start to finish, plus it makes the process significantly easier and more intuitive for our families. I would recommend it to any charter management organization.”