Sycamore Education

Sycamore Education

Education productivity & management platform

4.5/5 (44 reviews)

Sycamore Education Overview

Administrators:
One Powerful Database
Student/Family Demographics
Student Information
Online Enrollment
Classroom Management
Centralized Address Book
Accounting
QuickBooks Interface
Donor Management
Cafeteria Management
School Calendar
School News
School Documents
Safety Alert
Discipline Tracking
Attendance Reports
Integrated Grade Book
Configurable Grade Cards
Configurable Transcripts
Custom Reports
Bar Code Scanning
Thumb Print Reader
District Communication
Integrated Email
PayPal Interface
… And much more!

Teachers:
Work from any computer
Integrated Grade Book
Classroom Web Pages
Classroom News
Classroom Calendar
Classroom Documents
Classroom Photos
Classroom Directory
Post Daily Lesson Plans
Classroom Links
Online Testing
Missing Assignment Report
Online Attendance
Lunch Orders
Student Notes
Post Grades
Progress Reports
Seating Charts
Email Parents
Memo Maker
Pass-A-Notes tm
Custom Reports
BlackBerry Synchronization
… And much more!

Parents:
Check Attendance
Review Grades
Check Assignments
View Student Schedules
Check Lunch Menu
Communicate with
Teachers/Staff
View School Calendar
View Student Directory
Review Family Lunch Acct.
Pay Tuition/Lunch Fees, etc.
… And much more!

Students:
Information Online Anytime
Get Assignments
Review Grades
Communicate with
Teachers/Staff
Download Documents
& Assignments
Classroom Links
School Calendars
View Class Schedules
Classroom Home Pages
Turn in Assignments Online
… And much more!

Pricing

Starting from
US$1,20/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Sycamore Education Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
91% positive reviews
26
Excellent
14
Very good
2
Average
2
Poor
0
Terrible
Verified Reviewer

Comprehensive Edu Software

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/02/12
Review Source: Capterra

Overall we were happy with Sycamore. I highly recommend them for smaller schools and it may be the right fit for larger schools. I think they just need to evaluate what workflows are most important to them and understand the trade-offs of having a wider than deeper program.

Pros

First of all, they have excellent customer service. They really are doing their best to help schools succeed. They have great integrations with google, which for us was one of the primary deciding reasons for going with them. They now have a quality app and more features than most programs have for a fraction of the cost. They also have a REST API which is extremely helpful for expanding the potential of the software.

Cons

One of the hard parts about being an educational software is that it is hard to know when to stop developing different​ features and instead focus on making the features they do have into amazing experiences. IMO Sycamore has a broader instead of deeper development philosophy. This is good for small schools that need a comprehensive solution, but it can be frustrating for schools with more users that end up choosing multiple solutions because the overall experience and depth of usability are better. An example of this is how they have 3 different enrollment/admissions portals that they have tried to develop. Instead of making one amazing, they have tried multiple times. Their most recent one is promising, but still,​ isn't​ usable for schools who need all of the features available.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Melodye B.

Sycamore enabled us to get into the 21st century by using an online management system. We love it!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/09/08
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Communication has increased between parents and teachers as grades can be tracked and paper grades don't get lost. It also has provided accountability in that teachers are posting grades on a more timely basis. It allows consistency between grades and years. The system is very powerful; customer service is probably the most helpful that I have encountered. I love the ability to create transcripts and that these are kept on the system. It tracks attendance much better than we were doing previously. The medical logs have been helpful. Doing online admissions has taken us to a new level as well.

Cons

The system isn't as intuitive as I would like. Because I have worked with it several years, it's much easier now and people end up coming to me to figure out how to do specific things with it.
I have been frustrated a bit b/c it doesn't allow for creative flexibility (for instance transcripts don't have a lot of space for extra activities) or for things that aren't the same in different countries. We have worked around a lot of the barriers, and Sycamore has been very helpful to put things on the list of potential fixes.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Jon C.

Comprehensive School Information System

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/09/08
Review Source: Capterra

Centralized Student Records and Report Cards. Centralized Calendar and Attendance.

Pros

Moving from paper report cards a few years back to centralized report cards and student information through Sycamore has been an excellent transition. Their setup team worked to make it a smooth transition. We probably only use half of its functionality at this point but we saw immediate wins with a centralized calendar, documents and family data. The reporting functionality of the system is also very helpful. As we compared Sycamore to other SIS options, it became clear that it was one of the best values that we researched. The live US based tech support has been outstanding. Every staff person I have talked to knows the system well and has been extremely helpful. I highly recommend Sycamore.

Cons

The user interface can be difficult to navigate sometimes and find the exact feature you are looking for. It is an excellent School Information System (SIS) but we did realize that its functionality around lesson plans and curriculum is very basic.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Lee ann C.

Administrator

Reviewed on 2009/08/29
Review Source: Capterra

1. I would love to see you all at the Mid-Atlantic Convention in Lancaster PA.

2. I had a new family comment that they were telling a group of people their child was coming to the school. Someone in the group, who does not have a child at our school and we are not sure how they even know about the school, spoke up and said "Well they have Sycamore and it is a wonderful program!". Someone is talking!

Pros

1, Very cost effective
2. You are purchasing all that the program has to offer. There are no additional fees for upgrades
3. Customer Service is awesome! Quick to respond, helpful and you can reach them by phone or PAN.
4. Very user friendly
5. HIGH HIGH rate of parent satisfaction with being able to access grades, teachers, one another, etc. All of them rave about the program!
6. Sycamore Leaf keeps us updated
7. Sycamore is always seeking to improve their program
8. PAN - we absolutely LOVE this feature. Our high school classrooms are in "learning cottages" aka trailers - and the teachers are separated. This feature allows all of us to feel so connected!

Cons

1, Not too many or serious... we did notice that if you make a change on the family or student information (you have the mother's name wrong ex.) then when you correct it, you cannot do it in just one area, you have to go into multiple areas.

2. We had some issues with the GPA configuration. I did not deal with it, but I know our high school conselor had numerous phone calls and PAN' s to get it figured out properly. For some reason we now have to do something different to get our proper grading.

3. Getting my parents over the learning curve of using the program. It is frustrating to hear them say " We seldom check Sycamore" and in our memos and everything else we keep saying HOW MUCH we put on Sycamore and to check it out. Word of mouth is helping this... I hear parents telling other parents that they really need to use it, or someone asking another how they knew about something and they will say "on Sycamore" .

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Sharon W.

Sycamore is a great solution for small and medium sized schools. It is very reliable.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/09/07
Review Source: Capterra

This database keeps all of our school management information secure and well-organized. There are fields for lots of information and the ability to add custom fields as well. There are features for organizing events, room use, cafeteria management, etc. It does allow teachers to record grades and the grades are then accessible by parents and report cards are easy to generate.

Pros

The support is fantastic. Trouble tickets are answered quickly and phone support is great.
The database is securely hosted on-line so it can be accessed anywhere and there is no set-up for a new computer.
The cafeteria feature works really well even with 24 teachers entering attendance / lunch orders at the same time.
Easy to send batch emails and individual emails to parents.

Cons

We don't use the "pass-a-note" feature very much. Sometimes parents use it and it comes up on the teacher's screen when they log-on in the morning.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Sycamore Education Pricing

Starting from
US$1,20/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Sycamore is the most affordable option on the market today.
Customers get our entire system for an affordable price starting at $1.20 per student per month.
Visit our pricing page: http://www.sycamoreeducation.com/school-management-software-thats-affordable

Sycamore Education Features

  • API
  • Learning Management

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Calendar Management
  • Communication Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Customizable Branding
  • Data Import/Export
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal

Additional information for Sycamore Education

Key features of Sycamore Education

  • 100% Cloud-based
  • Admissions
  • Built in Learning Management System
  • Communication Features
  • District Functionality
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Master Scheduler
  • Mobile App
  • Secure database
  • Transcripts

Benefits

Sycamore Education dramatically increases productivity. Everyone within the school's environment - administrators, teachers, parents and students - stays connected and informed. Everyone is able to securely access all information from any computer at anytime. Sycamore Education is truly cloud-based. No special hardware is required. No servers are required. No software required.

Sycamore Education FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Sycamore Education.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sycamore Education offer?

Sycamore Education offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$1,20/month

Pricing model: One Time License, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Sycamore is the most affordable option on the market today.
Customers get our entire system for an affordable price starting at $1.20 per student per month.
Visit our pricing page: http://www.sycamoreeducation.com/school-management-software-thats-affordable

Q. What are the main features of Sycamore Education?

Sycamore Education offers the following features:

  • 100% Cloud-based
  • Admissions
  • Built in Learning Management System
  • Communication Features
  • District Functionality
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Master Scheduler
  • Mobile App
  • Secure database
  • Transcripts

Q. Who are the typical users of Sycamore Education?

Sycamore Education has the following typical customers:

Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Sycamore Education support?

Sycamore Education supports the following languages:

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sycamore Education offer?

Sycamore Education has the following pricing plans:

One Time License, Subscription

Q. Does Sycamore Education support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Sycamore Education supports

Q. What other apps does Sycamore Education integrate with?

Sycamore Education integrates with the following applications:

PayJunction

Q. What level of support does Sycamore Education offer?

Sycamore Education offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials