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Student Online Registration: “Nothing short of absolutely amazing!”

Now families can do student online registration for school the same way they buy movie tickets and order pizza, and school districts are freed from an ocean of paperwork.

This hosted solution comes from K-12 Online. The student online registration system was tested at a California school district in 2011 with astounding results. An ordeal that previously took three or more hours, bringing comparisons to airline travel and Christmas at the post office, was reduced to an average of 40 minutes.

One administrator called the pilot project, “Nothing short of absolutely amazing.” Another stressed how it freed teachers and staff from shuffling papers and allowed them to talk with students and parents and take advantage of the day that shapes first impressions of a new school. READ MORE » » »

Eco-Friendly Schools Save Money and Resources with Online Registration

Becoming an eco-friendly school is made easy with the K-12 Online registration process.

Are you an eco-friendly school?  One of the foremost concerns of this era is conservation. With issues in the media such as deforestation, overpopulation, greenhouse gases, global warming, etc., schools have been increasingly trying to educate the next generation about environmental conservation. Most schools have already integrated recycling systems: separating bins for plastic waste, metal waste, electronic waste, and paper. Using web-based technology school administrators can teach students by through setting an example. Schools can be eco-friendly from the very start: during enrollment and registration.

Step 1. Eliminate unnecessary forms.

Traditional method: In order to cater to the different needs of each student and their family during enrollment and registration, schools include all possible information flyers and reports as well as forms in multiple languages within a bulky registration packet.

“It takes one 15-year old tree to produce half a box of paper.”

Eco-Friendly method: With web forms, parents and guardians can access all pertinent forms, flyers, and reports via the web, and they can choose to read these in their native language by choosing from the multiple language options. READ MORE » » »

Online Registration Systems Save Schools Time and Money

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Some California Districts have made it their goal to figure out ways to save their schools time and money and service their “customers” better.

For one school in California, its goal was to reduce the time students and parents spent waiting in line during the registration process. The administration understood that students’ and parents’ time is important and wanted to find an effortless way to achieve their goal during registration, a time when students and parents come to school prior to the beginning of school to register their students.

According to Aaron Peralta, Principal of Costa Mesa Middle School in California, implementation of K-12 Online‘s online registration reduced the time spent by students and parents in line to about 45 minutes. The previous year, parents and students waited close to 3 hours. Not only did the online registration system save time for the students and parents, but the easy usage and ability to prepay for school items was a great feature.  Unlike some built-in SIS registration systems, K-12 Online is more robust with many features that ultimately save schools time and money.

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Five Easy Ways Schools Can Save Money

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During the difficult challenge of finding ways to save money, administrators are looking in all areas to make positive changes without sacrificing the quality of education and services to their students. Rather than sacrificing the quality of the educational experience for students, administrators can look at their administrative processes and procedures to determine where and how they are spending time and money.

1. As many educational technologies advance, schools are now able to take advantage of more solutions to eliminate unnecessary costs. These advances include automating the system of communication between administration and parents, student information system that hold important student information (grades, progress reports, attendance), and online registration systems which, if taken advantage of, can be a benefit to all involved.

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Why Online Student Registration for Schools?

line-2Who’s setting up the tables? Did I remember to give the supply cabinet key to Mr. Smith to get materials for the signs? Whew, these lines are taking forever. Oh no. Is that irate mother headed my way with more complaints? How many days left until summer?

Excessive use of time and materials can make registration time a nightmare for public schools and school districts. Even smaller charter and private schools struggle to make registration periods an efficient process for administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Online registration is a wonderful opportunity for a school district or a charter school to redirect it’s energy towards the parents and students who need it, while leaving the paperwork aspect of the job in one secure, fast, and convenient location.

Five Main Advantages of Online Registration:

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Online Registration and High School Athletics: More Than Meets the Eye

high school athleticsWhen you hear about online registration for schools, you probably think of nothing more than what the phrase implies – an online method of registering students for the back to school season. You might be surprised at the versatility of an online registration system with vital tools to support other areas such as high school athletics. Let’s use football as an example. Several issues, complications, and hassle can arise during football season. Some problems may include underfunded programs, a mountain of paperwork, and messy data collection. 

We’ve highlighted a few areas of a typical timeline associated with a high school football season below.  You may recognize some common problems and see how online registration can simplify the experience for athletic directors, students, and parents.

Pre-football season: Underfunded high school athletics programs

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Student Lunch Debt: A Growing Problem for Schools

school lunch debtIt’s common knowledge that school districts across the nation face budget crises. But what’s less common knowledge is that a large part of the crises can be attributed to student lunch debt. An Edweek study revealed that in 2010, a 21,000 student district registered $54,000 in unpaid meal debt. A poorer 9,000 student district in Connecticut registered more than $60,000 at one point.  What can be done to tackle these problems?

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