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Brightways Student Management for Homeschool Support Programs


Home-educating, or “homeschooling,” is growing — about 2-8% every year nationally. For many public schools, this means lower student numbers and tighter district budgets.

To maintain FTEs and better serve their students, districts nationwide offer programs to support homeschooling families, enabling them to keep students enrolled in their districts and retain their talented teachers and staff.

But managing homeschool support programs can be daunting for schools. Enrollment and transcript management, developing standards-based ILPs, tracking courses and credits, creating reports, and tracking communications take a coordinated effort with parents.

Brightways Student Management (BSM) is an online system designed specifically for districts and schools that offer distance education and homeschool support programs. BSM’s programs and services help bridge the communication gap with parents and improve the cooperative workflow. Ultimately, BSM enables program staff to handle more home-based students more effectively by streamlining the processes, including:

  • Encourage collaborative parent access for developing ILPs in real-time and with custom district settings

  • Track and organize communications with families

  • Simplify and manage the complexities of enrollments and transcripts

  • Significantly improve on-time submission of term grades and student work samples

  • Custom and pre-built exports make state reporting and other data-driven tasks a breeze

Administrators, teachers, registrars, and parents love BSM’s online tools and services. “Brightways Student management has been an excellent solution for ILP management for our homeschool program,” said Lori Oritz, Fast Track Home School Coordinator from Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District in Alaska. “It is intuitive and user friendly, but the best thing about the product is that it is so well supported by a knowledgeable and professional education team at Brightways Learning. It was easy to launch the program and whenever we got stuck, we received quick, capable and personal help. Help was never more than a quick phone call or email away! I would recommend Brightways Student Management to my peers in the home school network.”

To learn how BSM can help your district or school develop or manage your home-based support program, please visit our website or contact us.

Brightways Student Management System has been a valuable resource for our district’s homeschool program. It is an efficient way for Raven to track our enrollment, increase our productivity, and establish solid family communications. Brightways has been instrumental in our program’s overall success!
— Andrea N Cottrell, Principal at Raven Homeschool, Distance Education, Yukon Koyukuk School District