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Overview

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Alma builds critical SIS tooling that significantly improves school operations and empowers educators to foster better student...

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Illumine is a digital administration and virtual learning platform for early years education providers. Features include...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$

0.50

/momonth
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

139

88

7

8

12

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
89%
would recommend this app

4.4

5

4

3

2

1

44

27

6

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
94%
would recommend this app

Pros

It has a lot of great features that make it flexible for the needs of different schools. Most importantly, the customer service is fantastic.
We have reduced our printing costs, improved communication with parents, and successfully submitted our PIMS state reports. Communication with Alma has been great.
There are so many GREAT features about Alma, to list just one is hard to do. I love the feed back that I receive from parents, teachers and administrators stating what they love about Alma.

Pros

Illumine was easy to use and very convenient. I love that I can communicate with the school efficiently and effectively.
Overall is is great , good initiative to consolidate all of the schol information at one place. In short this is like an ERP system for schools.
Also a lot of followups on emails, SMS are saved by using this product. The experience has been great and their support team at times has gone out of their way to help.

Cons

Nothing stands out as a negative. I would be searching to find something that dissatisfied us.
I am not on the admin side but have heard a bit of frustration.
I find I am having to sync often even when there is just one grade that needs to be changed. But this could be a problem with GC.

Cons

It can possibly do something more on the live interaction feature adding; at the moment as I know it’s all about posting content but no live interactions are there.
Need Internet connectivity which may be difficult when Internet is not available.
Doesn't show the history of comments on assignments; should enable feature to have 1:1 chat with teachers to clarify doubts.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 months ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review2 months ago

Key features

  • Total features97
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Action Management
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Behavior Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Communications Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Demographic Data
  • Discipline Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Assignments & Tests
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Evaluation Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • Forms Management
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Image Library
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Independent/Private
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Invoice Management
  • K-12
  • LMS Integration (LTI)
  • Lead Management
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Lesson Planning
  • Live Chat
  • Mailing List Management
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Member Database
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Polls/Voting
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Raise Hand
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Route Management
  • School District
  • Scoring
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Self Service Portal
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Promotion
  • Special Education
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Transcripts
  • Transportation Management
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Visual Analytics
  • Voice Mail
  • Wait List Management
  • Weighted Assignments
  • Total features71
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Action Management
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Behavior Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Communications Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Demographic Data
  • Discipline Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Assignments & Tests
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Evaluation Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • Forms Management
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Image Library
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Independent/Private
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Invoice Management
  • K-12
  • LMS Integration (LTI)
  • Lead Management
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Lesson Planning
  • Live Chat
  • Mailing List Management
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Member Database
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Polls/Voting
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Raise Hand
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Route Management
  • School District
  • Scoring
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Self Service Portal
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Promotion
  • Special Education
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Transcripts
  • Transportation Management
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Visual Analytics
  • Voice Mail
  • Wait List Management
  • Weighted Assignments

Integrations

  • Total integrations14
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom
  • Total integrations4
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom

Security

  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation
  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation

Alma vs. Illumine

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