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Approximately 32,000 Students
Magnet Programs, Career Academies
Over 35 Programs Offered

Pro Features

  • Mobile Component
  • SIS Integration
  • Custom Transfer Application Module
  • Appeals Management Process
Durham Public Schools offers many magnet school options for students interested in applying to a school with a specialized program, non-traditional instructional method, or one that operates on a year-round calendar.These magnet schools and programs serve the district by promoting school diversity. They provide effective school facility utilization along with diverse and relevant district program offerings that meet student interest and provide expanded learning opportunities.

Durham Public Schools (DPS) began accepting online applications using the Smart Choice platform in February 2013. The system offers a simple to use multi-step application that can be submitted from anywhere, even on a smart phone or tablet using the Smart Choice ON THE GO Mobile Component.

The application is also equipped with student information system integration for currently enrolled students. NC Wise, the student information system used by DPS was directly integrated with the Smart Choice platform. The integration auto-populates the application using the student’s ID number, first name, last name and DOB. This makes filling out applications for magnet programs quick and easy for students already in the system.

The application also features a customized address look up system that utilizes the Street Finder application used for transportation. This feature makes populating fields like “base school” or “eligible schools” based on walking distance simple and accurate.

In addition to the standard application and lottery features, Smart Choice created an online system for transfer applications. This system allows parents to submit online transfer request applications using their accounts.
These applications are easily reviewed and managed by administrators using the same Smart Choice administrative tools they already know.

Appeals and approval/denial letters can also be generated directly from the system making communications with parents and internal documentation of this process efficient and fair.

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More Case Studies



The Smart Choice System has allowed us to fine tune how we handle our lottery process and how we get our message across to parents and community members.

Randall Domingue, Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator, Lafayette Parish Schools of Choice

Not only has the Smart Choice system improved the user experience for our application and lottery process, it has created a new system of accountability and control for our district choice process.

Enid Rey, Director of School Choice, Hartford Public Schools

The excellent customer service provided by the Smart Choice team has been the best we have ever received. The staff was so responsive to our districts needs...This application and lottery management system has truly been the “Smart Choice” for Durham Public Schools.

Donna Hudson, Director of Student Assignment, Durham Public Schools

Smart Choice Technologies has been all that Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) could have hoped for in an online application management and lottery system and more! What makes Smart Choice Technologies stand out...

Sherry Kully, Elementary Magnet Schools Coordinator, Glendale Unified School District

Smart Choices’ customer services and system tailoring have proven to be very helpful, quick and precise in meeting needs for the first year rollout. We look forward to a long relationship with Smart Choice.

Lou Kruger, Executive Director, St. Louis Public School Magnet and Choice School Placement

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