PowerSchool and Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter Schools Improve Management of Student Data with Online Enrollment Management Solution

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Freedom Prep prepares for new elementary school enrollment with new system in place

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PowerSchool is providing us with an intuitive solution that gives us immediate access to student data and improves the security of that vital information.

PowerSchool is modernizing the student application, lottery, and enrollment process for Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter School (TN). Implementing the online solution will streamline processes for staff, as well as improve outreach efforts and family engagement. The 1200-student charter school experienced 200 percent growth last year and anticipates the online system will increase efficiency and effective communication.

“We have to keep up with the advancement of education technology and implement tools that help us stay better connected, especially as we grow,” said Paul Dunbar, Community Outreach Manager at Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter School. “Last year we received approximately 700 applications and we identified the need for a solution to help us better manage each step in the enrollment process,” he added.

Once the application date closes and the school’s lottery is complete, a robust toolset, complete with an audit log, will facilitate the waitlist management process in the PowerSchool administrative portal. These tools will automatically adjust the waitlist as seats are accepted or declined, providing both families and school staff with peace of mind.

During registration, families who have more than one child in the school can ‘snap’ data from one student to another. SmartForm™ technology, an intuitive tool built into the solution, will collect relevant data based on previously entered information or choices (grade, activities, medical history, etc.). The data submitted by families is reviewed, polished, and formatted to meet school policies and then seamlessly delivered back into the PowerSchool student information system (SIS), resulting in up-to-date and accurate records on the first day of school.

“PowerSchool is providing us with an intuitive solution that gives us immediate access to student data and improves the security of that vital information,” notes Dunbar. “Overall, the solution will allow us to better serve our community and exhibit the excellence that is inherent to the Freedom Prep culture,” concludes Dunbar.

About PowerSchool Group LLC
PowerSchool is the #1 leading education technology platform for K-12, serving more than 40 million users, 15 million students, and 70 countries around the world. We provide best-in-class, secure, and compliant online solutions, including student information systems, registration and school choice, assessment and analytics, and special education management. We empower teachers and drive student growth through innovative digital classroom capabilities, and we engage families through real-time communications across any device. Visit http://www.powerschool.com to learn more.

About Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter Schools
Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter Schools (http://www.freedomprep.org) is a Pre K-12 charter school in Memphis, TN. Our mission is to prepare all students to excel in college and in life. Freedom Preparatory Academy was established in 2009 with nearly 100 6th graders and now serves more than 1200 students. Since our founding, FPA students have exceeded local and state averages in Math and local averages in English language arts on the state exam. Three core beliefs drive our mission: Every child deserves the right to a high quality public education; a foundation in character development is essential; and direct exposure to opportunities and experiences provides children with the self-confidence and social knowledge to compete globally. We will accomplish our mission through a highly structured, academically rigorous environment in which students will master the core subjects, develop advanced academic skills and demonstrate the school’s core values of: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Excellence and Community.

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