Cleveland schools expand SchoolMint online program

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The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is expanding its use of SchoolMint, a mobile and online educational provider, in the upcoming academic year, officials said.

The tool, which simplifies selecting, matching, waitlist and registration processes for parents and students, was launched in 2014 to address declining enrollment and equity in schools. The district, with nearly 40,000 students, will expand the San Francisco-based program to their charter schools.

District officials said they were able to serve more than 3,000 families in the 2015-16 school year with 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, CMSD’s executive director of School Choice and Enrollment. “SchoolMint represented a number of value propositions we were seeking and provided us with an integrated system to efficiently manage our school choice program.”

SchoolMint’s system is composed of four solutions, including Application and Lottery Management, Registration and Re-enrollment, Digital Forms and Documents, and School Choice and Unified Enrollment.

Charter schools are public schools that are privately run. Cleveland has been toying with the idea of setting up a common enrollment system, which would mean one large lottery system for all schools in the city, both district and charter, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer article.

SchoolMint is currently used by more than 2,500 schools in 70 cities in 30 states and four countries. Participating districts include Camden City School District in New Jersey and Indianapolis Public Schools. Charter school networks include Achievement First, Uncommon Schools and Aspire Public Schools.

“We understand the unique needs of districts and charter school networks alike,” said Jinal Jhaveri, SchoolMint CEO. “Districts such as CMSD should offer equity-based systems to parents so that all students have an equal opportunity for a quality education that serves their individual needs.”

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