Brightwheel’s Admissions Process & Tracker functionality helps administrators to easily organize enrollment steps and manage relationships with prospective families. An Admission Process is a collection of forms, contracts, or document requests that can be bundled together in trackable steps. These process steps can be shared directly to parent level contacts in brightwheel, automatically opening up access to all the included forms. Once shared, the students will appear on the process tracker so administrators can easily track families progress on submitting required paperwork.

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Creating a Process

Adding a new process requires that administrators have admissions forms, contracts, or document requests already created on the Forms & Requests tab. When there is a library of admissions forms ready, administrators can follow these steps to create the first process:

  1. Navigate to the Process tab in the Admissions section of brightwheel

  2. Choose Create New Process to get started

  3. Fill in the required fields and choose Save & Complete to open the step builder

Here is an overview of the field options when creating a new process:

  • Name - The name of the process which will be included in the email when it is shared with families.

  • Due Date - An optional date to help administrators stay aligned on parent progress. Parents will not see this due date and they will still be able to submit applications past that date.

  • Welcome Message - An optional text that will be sent to families once the process is shared. This is a great place to share any instructions that would be helpful for parents to know when completing the process.

Adding Steps and Tasks

Once a process has been created, administrators will be prompted to add the first step in the process. Administrators can use the steps to organize forms, contracts, and document requests into logical groups of tasks to help when tracking family progress on the process. The step names are to assist administrators with internal progress tracking and will not be visible to parents. Here is how to add a step from the popup page:

  1. Enter Step Name

  2. Select tasks from the list of forms, contracts, and document requests that should be completed in this step

  3. Press Save & Complete

  4. To add any additional steps to the process click the +Create New Step on the bottom of the page

  5. Click the grid to the left of the step number to drag and drop to rearrange the order of steps in the process

Changing Process Status

When a process is ready to be shared with families, administrators can change the status to Live. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the Settings tab on the process detail page

  2. Under Status use the dropdown to change from Draft to Live

A process must be marked as live to share with families. Administrators can also set the status to Archived. The archived process will remain on the account but are not shareable to new families.

Processes in the Draft status can be changed to Live or Archived, but once moved out of the draft status they cannot be changed back. However, administrators can change from Live to Archived and back again all from the Settings page. Processes in a live status are able to be edited.

Please note: archiving a process will not revoke access to any forms previously shared with families.


Sharing a Process with Parents

Once a process is in a live status, it can be shared directly to parent level contacts within brightwheel. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the Process tab in the Admissions section of brightwheel

  2. Click on the name of the process that needs to be shared

  3. From the Actions drop down menu select Send to Parents

  4. Select one or more students to share the process with

  5. Choose the Share button

The student list will default to show students with active, prospect, toured, applied, waitlist, or enrolled status. To choose students with a status other than those listed, remove the student status filters.

Once a process has been shared, those parent level contacts will receive an email letting them know that they have new process documents available in their brightwheel accounts. Parents will need to log into their brightwheel accounts on the web in order to access all the process forms.

All the forms, document requests, and contracts associated with the shared process will be made available to parents and will appear on their student’s Forms & Documents page. If any form in the process has already been shared with parents they will not be duplicated, but any previously completed items will count towards their process completion.

Tracking Process Completion

Once a process has been shared with families the Student Progress tab within the Process will be populated with all the students included in that process. From this page, administrators will be able to see which families have started filling out their forms and be able to track progress through each process step. A green check mark under the process step indicates that the family has submitted all required tasks to complete this step and they have all been approved by an administrator.

Administrators can use the filters to quickly search by individual students, rooms, or programs. Using the Process Status filter allows administrators to quickly sort the table to only show families who have complete, are in progress, or have not started the process. The Actions dropdown next to each student can be used to quickly send messages to families or remove students from the process.


Please note: If a student is removed from the process, it will not revoke access to the shared forms. If needed, these removed students can be easily added back through the shared workflow and any previously completed steps will be represented on the table.



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