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Over 175,000 Students
Launched in November 2013

Pro Features

  • Mobile Integration
  • SIS Integration
For years, Palm Beach County School District families have experienced extraordinary educational opportunities at local choice schools. Today, applying to these schools is now faster and easier than ever, thanks to the new Smart Choice online student application and blind lottery management system.

The Office of Choice and Career Options of the Palm Beach County School District offers theme- based, gifted and specialty programs that allows nearly 180,000 students to apply to two choice programs using the Smart Choice platform.

With extensive restrictions for applications based on address or zone, Smart Choice integrated with the district’s GIS system in order to do address verification automatically. The system’s Student Information System was integrated with making it possible to pre fill applications for currently enrolled students, GPA calculations and more possible in an automated fashion.

The district allowed for applications to be accepted both online and offline (paper applications) and the system accommodates both types with tracking features by application type. For their lottery process, the district selects students based on zone then a series of 8 priorities depending on the school or program. The system’s lottery was customized to fit the district’s board policy during the lottery configuration process which is part of each Smart Choice implementation.

The Smart Choice system will allow the roughly 22,000 applications from students seeking seats in a choice program each year to be processed faster online, district Director of Choice and Career Options Pete Licata said, while adding that it would save the district $100,000 annually in data-entry labor costs.

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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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