Smart Choice™ Online Student Application & Lottery System
The Smart Choice™ platform is a powerful online Student Application & Lottery Management software system for schools and school systems with selective enrollment or open enrollment programs, including magnet schools, choice schools, charter schools, career academies and gifted & talented programs.
This powerful online student application & blind lottery management software system is composed of four primary components:
- Online applications
- Program and application administration
- Student selection lottery
- Wait list management
The Smart Choice™ platform is designed to effectively manage the growing administrative load created by the rapid growth in attendance within these selective an open enrollment programs. Smart Choice™ gives administrators a trusted means to implement and manage an automated and paperless student application process and selection lottery (blind lottery) in a timely and effective manner.
Below is a product overview of the base components followed by a list of Pro Features. To learn more about the product as it relates to your needs please click one of the following:
The Smart Choice Applications™ component is an online software component that provides parents with a quick and simple online application process. Parents create applications for one or more children with a single sign-on account. Parents can apply to one or more programs, ranking their preferences, depending on program policies. Email alerts and notices inform parents of deadlines, next-steps and other important info to ensure a successful application submission.
Program & Application Administration
The Smart Choice Administration™ component provides school system administrators with powerful features packaged in a system that’s fast, efficient and easy to use. Administrators can add administrative users with limited or full access to the administrative tools and add new programs and program application criteria in minutes. These are just a few of the many tools available to administrators. Powerful reporting features allow administrators to review and edit applications, monitor application progress and send out notifications to parents.
Student Selection Lottery
The Smart Choice Lottery™ component is the blind lottery parents, teachers and administrators can trust to be fair and secure. Smart Choice™ provides safeguards to protect the integrity of your school system’s blind lottery process. The Smart Choice Lottery™ component is configured to select students based on your school or district’s selection criteria making sure that each lottery is fair, efficient and tailored to your needs. Using the parent notification component, status updates can be made in real time, ensuring all parents are notified of their student’s placement with just one click.
The Smart Choice Wait List™ component allows administrators to manage one central real-time wait list, eliminating errors and the tedious process of updating multiple documents. Working together with the Smart Choice Lottery™ component, the Wail List component automatically manages selection results and notifications in real-time.
Following lottery selection, for students not selected, parents are notified of their student’s wait list status and rank. The system allows for selected applicants to accept or decline their seat within the program. When seats are declined and become available, wait list students are moved into open seats and parents are automatically notified of the changes.
Smart Choice™ Pro Features
In addition to the Smart Choice™ base platform components, the platform offers a range of Pro Features that expand upon the base features.
These Pro Feature modules include:
- Smart Choice™ ON THE GO – Mobile Component
- SIS (Student Information System) Integration
- Custom Design Templates
- Online Enrollment
- Payment Integration
- Audition & Test Scheduling
- Online Recommendations
- Letter Builder