Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia, has educated and prepared thousands of students for college for the last 60 years. As a college preparatory school known for its strong academic program with an emphasis on leadership and service, Brookstone has always aimed to optimally serve its more than 800 students and their families.
“What differentiates [PowerSchool Registration] from other vendors is the relationship clients have with their solution specialists and the service they provide. Our solution specialist works tirelessly to meet our needs whenever possible. He instills confidence and offers optional suggestions if an idea is unattainable. I find it reassuring to know that he has a vested interest in Brookstone’s success.”
– Judi Butler, Enrollment Associate & Database Manager, Brookstone School
Prior to implementing PowerSchool Registration, Brookstone processed its inquiries, applications, and enrollment using paper processes, telephone calls, and large mailings of information packets, forms, brochures, contracts, and more. Administrative staff would sift through papers, manually enter data into their student information system, organize and shuffle paper files, and store years of them on campus. Brookstone accepts applications on a rolling basis for 3K-12 students, thus administrators were constantly handling and processing papers while trying to spend quality time with current and prospective families.
In 2012, the administration at Brookstone School reached out to the PowerSchool Registration team looking for a better way to serve current and prospective families in the school’s admission and enrollment processes and reduce the paper chase. Enrollment Associate and Database Manager, Judi Butler, was charged with implementation and design of Brookstone’s online systems. “We wanted our potential and current families to access, review, update, and submit data quickly and easily,” says Butler. Additionally, Brookstone wanted to remove any barriers to inquiry and application for prospective families.
After viewing a PowerSchool Registration demonstration and talking with several of PowerSchool Registration’s customers, Brookstone decided to implement several online services provided by PowerSchool Registration. This included inquiries, applications, admissions tracker, online decisions, and re-enrollment, including the annual enrollment contract. Brookstone has moved its business processes entirely online, with fantastic results.
“We were striving to take the complexity out of manual form completion and create the ease of entering student data online. Our [PowerSchool Registration] solutions simplify our business processes, improve manageability, track progress, and allow us to capitalize on the use of the internet as our primary source for admission communications,” Butler said.
Brookstone’s PowerSchool Registration offers more than an efficient way to collect student data. The solutions completely streamline processes, boost office ROI, and add value to the school while building its reputation. Most importantly, they provide administrative personnel with the tools, resources, and time to communicate with current and prospective families. “Our solutions from [PowerSchool Registration] are innovative,” says Butler. “[PowerSchool] has partnered with us to tailor our solutions that allowed us to become more efficient.”
“What differentiates [PowerSchool Registration] from other vendors is the relationship clients have with their solution specialists and the service they provide,” adds Butler. “Our solution specialist works tirelessly to meet our needs whenever possible. He instills confidence and offers optional suggestions if an idea is unattainable. I find it reassuring to know that he has a vested interest in Brookstone’s success.”
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