District Facts

Location: Durham, NC
K-12 Enrollment: 31,577
Staff: 5,184
Certified: 2,512 Teachers
Administrators: Not Noted
Facilities/Buildings: 53

Demographics: 41% of students in the district reported being African American, 33.2% Hispanic/Latino, and 18.3% White. 51.65% of students reported being economically disadvantaged.

Providing expanded learning opportunities through an online enrollment system.

The Challenge

Offering a variety of magnet schools and programs within the district, Durham Public Schools strive to provide diverse learning opportunities to meet student interests and promote academic achievement.  Managing the enrollment process for all of these schools and programs however, proved to be a challenge. The district needed a system that allowed them to not only manage the enrollment process effectively and fairly, but also to ensure effective school facility utilization for their large district.

The Results (Data Points):

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Number of Programs Managed
  • Provided an easy to use electronic application system that can be submitted from anywhere at any time, including from a smartphone or tablet, to ensure equitable access to all families.

  • Decreased the amount of time to fill out student applications by utilizing student information integration for students already in their existing information system.

  • Created an online system for transfer applications, allowing parents to complete this piece of the process online as well.

  • Communicated effectively with parents and families by providing information, such as about appeals or approval/denial letters, through the system ensuring up to date information.

The Solution

  1. Identify enrollment process deficiencies and district/family needs.
  2. Manage student data into an online enrollment system to provide more access and reduce time and cost burdens.
  3. Maintain open lines of communication with parents and families throughout each step of the process instantly.
  4. Utilize an efficient and fair process to make student placements and guide future enrollment decisions for special programs.

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