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A Better Implementation Experience

See how three Texas districts, large and small, were able to meet their accelerated implementation timelines.

Better than Free

What made this progressive TN district bypass a free, state-provided SIS in favor of Skyward?

Community Engagement Leads to Improved Outcomes

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County Officials Automate and Save

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Early Returns Lead to Universal Buy-In

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Engagement is Bigger in Texas

Proactive parent and community engagement is a fundamental component of this large Texas district.

Family Access Results Hit Close to Home

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Improved Reporting, Better Results

With the help of Skyward’s Student Management Suite, two Florida school districts have transformed their processes to become more efficient and improve communication.

Multi-District Consortium Favors Stability

In an industry where features and functionality can start to blend in, a proven track record of excellence and loyalty is still important.

No Thank You; We'll Stick with Skyward

When the state of South Dakota offered a free, state-sponsored student management system, this long-time Skyward partner decided to take a pass.

One Partner + One Platform = Big Results

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Perfect Fit for Unique Situations

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Reducing Costs with SIF

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Saving Time and Money with Automated Business Practices

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Small IT Department, Big Results

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State Reporting Done Right

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Streamlined Workflows and Flexible Integration

The depth of product is matched only by Skyward's commitment to continuous improvement.

The Bigger the District...

See how one of the nation's largest school districts was able to consolidate its student management, financial accounting, and human resources operations.

Two Illinois Districts Simplify Business Office Tasks

Antiquated technology can be a challenging barrier to school district operations. These districts are glad they looked to a future with Skyward.

What Making a Change Should Look Like

A smooth implementation shouldn't be the exception, but for this southern Wisconsin district, it was a welcome break from the status quo.

When 5 Months > 10 Years

After struggling for a decade to implement its previous SIS, this Kansas district decided to go in another direction.

Success Story

Fort Bend Independent School District (Texas)

Enrollment: 72,473
Schools: 75
Implemented: 2010

At Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) enrolling new students was often a challenging task. With a student population of more than 70,000 and 
75 schools within the district, new student enrollment
 was a painstaking process for teachers, parents and administration staff.

Lisa Mirza, director of student information systems at FBISD, said registration forms varied widely by campus. For a district with a large student population and multiple campuses, the lack of standardization caused many inefficiencies and headaches for district staff. The administration knew a change had to be made to better facilitate student enrollment practices within the district. As a Skyward customer since 2010, FBISD was familiar with the features that Skyward offered and excited to pilot the latest innovation in an online enrollment solution.
Before beginning an online 
enrollment transition, the
 district created a committee 
including campus administrators, campus registration staff, and district administrators to produce a standardized registration form that would be available online district-wide. “We standardized what we wanted as a district and made decisions such as eliminating paper forms,” Mirza said.
After customizing the standardized registration form, FBISD was ready to implement the new Skyward enrollment solution. The district successfully made a smooth transition to a technology that streamlined the enrollment process for its new students. 


“We were trained well on how to use Skyward’s New Student Online Enrollment,” Mirza said. “Skyward let our district and campus staff practice the online enrollment process with the software in a training environment, so we were able to test it first, which was very beneficial.” The district’s soft-opening of the new enrollment solution was on June 1, 2014, and parents could begin registering their children online. The district also purchased front office computer kiosks for all of its schools, so parents could register their children on site if needed.
“The opening of New Student Online Enrollment was
 a huge success. Our parents were able to complete everything they needed to before coming to school,” Mirza said. “This allowed our campus administrative and registration staff to spend quality time with parents and students – answering questions they felt important or giving a tour of the school – by not having to focus on registration paperwork.”
“All registration paperwork is completed online by the parents before campus registration staff finalize the enrollment into school,” she said. “Our parents appreciate that they
 can complete this process online at home, at their convenience. They don’t have to take off work to come into the school to complete paperwork. Parents only have to enter demographic information once, and it populates automatically to other forms including forms for siblings.”
With the implementation of a solution designed for enrolling new students through a customizable online process, the district was successful in completing more than 7,500 new student online registrations during an initial three-month period of the process.
“It helped us to standardize our registration process across the board,” Mirza said. “We are so excited about New Student Online Enrollment. The software is great, and it allows you to customize the registration process to meet your district’s needs."

In order to be successful, the district sent press releases to local media to communicate the implementation of the new online enrollment process for students. They also communicated via the school messenger system, Skylert, and posted messages on Family Access for families of students with younger siblings who may be registering. The district also created ads and flyers and posted information on social media platforms.
To assist parents in the online process, how-to’s were created and posted on the FBISD website. “Even if parents didn’t read the instructions or how-to’s, parents could figure out how to complete the online process,” Mirza said. “Skyward’s New Student Online Enrollment is intuitive and very easy for parents.”
The new enrollment solution gave the district and its families the ability to complete additional tasks online. “Parents of students have Family Access accounts with Skyward from the beginning,” Mirza said. She explained that in the future the district plans to further embrace the paperless model. Parents will have to opt-in for paper copies of report cards and progress reports next fall. “Report cards and progress reports are available online now, and by adding the additional hard-copy opt-in, we will create a cost savings for the district in the future.”
In addition to efficiency and convenience, data integrity was also important to the district. “Our campus registration staff could review what the parents entered during 
the online registration process and verify the data for accuracy prior to saving it in our system,” Mirza said. “New Student Online Enrollment ensured all paperwork was accurate and complete.”
The district streamlined its registration process for new students with the implementation of innovative technology. Fort Bend Independent School District maintained data integrity while increasing administration efficiencies and creating a convenient process for students and parents. To date, the district has successfully enrolled more than 10,000 new students through Skyward’s New Student Online Enrollment. 

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