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Discussion on a Common Application - Featuring NYC and Missouri

Join the NYC Charter School Center and the Missouri Charter Public School Association as they discuss their experience in launching a common application.

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05-Interview Blog-Web
Focus on the Field: Evaluating School Choice Systems

Join us in our conversation with Steve Glazerman, a Senior Fellow at Mathematic Policy Research as we discuss the different factors that affect the choices parents make when selecting schools.

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Articles + Papers


Introduction to Unifying Enrollment

With the large amount of schools available today, parents are faced with difficultly deciding on which is best for their child. To help simplify the decision making process, more schools around the nation are beginning to unify their enrollment systems through either creating a common application or implementing a full unified enrollment system.

September 13, 2016
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Unified Enrollment Timeline

Curious to see what the enrollment timeline looks like for different cities? Check out our infographic and learn when application and lottery periods begin and end for various cities.

September 13, 2016
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It's Complicated: Explaining Unified Enrollment to Families

What exactly is unified enrollment? Although the idea seems simple, explaining how a unified enrollment system works can get complicated. Need help? We've got just the inspiration to help set you up for success!

September 9, 2016
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Latest News

How Game Theory Helped Improve New York City's High School Application Process

For both students and parents, school admission processes can be stressful and grueling. With so much demand, students are often disappointed when they get placed into schools that weren't of preference at all. This is an ongoing allocation problem seen within the school system. To help address this flaw, students are advised to determine exactly who they're competing against for a seat. Through the use of Game Theory, NYC's application process has seen improvement.

October 7, 2016
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One-Stop Shopping for More than 200 Schools at 'Edfest' in D.C.

Parents in Washington, D.C. are now in their third year of using a common application. To help smooth this process, the city hosts an annual "Edfest" and invites various traditional and charter schools. It's simply a one-stop shop filled with information for parents!

October 7, 2016
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Across the country, there are many examples of cities unifying their enrollment systems. View the map to see cities that have implemented a “common application” or a full “unified enrollment” system, and to learn more about their processes.

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