Streamlined Online Admissions Platform Helps Ohio District Accelerate School Choice Program

Using SchoolMint, the mobile and online student enrollment and school choice platform, CMSD was able to serve a record number of families in the 2015-2016 school year.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) in Ohio partnered with SchoolMint to support the implementation of its school choice program, allowing CMSD to serve a record number of families in the most recent school year.

CMSD first implemented its school choice program in 2014 in an effort to raise enrollment in its schools. However, administrators continued to see a drop in enrollment and sought to implement a technology system that would further simplify the choice, section, matching, waitlist and registration processes for parents and for their administrative team.

CMSD partnered with SchoolMint, a cloud-based student enrollment and school choice platform that is available online and on mobile devices. SchoolMint helps Pre-K–12 school systems streamline all aspects of their student enrollment experience, including registration, school choice, lottery management, fee collection and year-round parent-school communication. More than 2,500 schools in 70 cities within the country and across the globe currently use SchoolMint.

“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, executive director of school choice and enrollment for CMSD, in a prepared statement. “SchoolMint represented a number of value propositions we were seeking and provided us with an integrated system to efficiently manage our school choice program.”

Through the partnership, CMSD was able to serve 3,644 families in the 2015-2016 school year. The district plans to expand the system to include surrounding charter schools in the near future.

Further information about the platform is available on the SchoolMint site.

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