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BigSIS Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

BigSIS product overview

Price starts from

99

Per month

What is BigSIS?

BigSIS is a cloud-based school management and student information system which supports multiple modules to help private schools throughout the United States and Canada manage their school activities and processes. With modules for contacts, students, reports and grades, attendance, lead management, volunteer management, and more, BigSIS aims to deliver a comprehensive student information management solution.

Key benefits of using BigSIS

  • Schools can accept credit card payments for donations, pledges, tuition deposits, application fees, and more, through Authorize.net.

  • The Gradebook module enables teachers to create course gradebooks with weighted categories for homework, tests, quizzes, and class participation, with automatic calculation of student grades.

  • BigSIS supports a number of free features designed to help streamline school management processes, including custom form fields, a filter and query builder, grading matrixes, history logs, alerts, and more.

  • Single sign-on (SSO) functionality gives users the flexibility to log in to BigSIS through their Google or Facebook account.

  • Users can create customized applications, contracts, and forms with the multi-page form engine, to collect information online.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Email/Help Desk
    Chat
    Knowledge Base
    Phone Support

    Training options

    Live Online
    Videos
    Documentation
    Webinars
    In Person

    BigSIS pricing information

    Value for money

    4.6

    /5

    15

    Starting from

    99

    Per month

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

    Value for money contenders

    BigSIS features

    Functionality

    4.5

    /5

    15

    Total features

    52

    4 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Reporting & Statistics
    Reporting/Analytics
    Assessment Management
    Alerts/Notifications
    Third Party Integrations
    Progress Tracking
    Progress Reports
    API

    Functionality contenders

    BigSIS users reviews

    Overall Rating

    4.5

    /5

    15

    Positive reviews

    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.73/10
    Rating distribution

    5

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    3

    2

    1

    7

    8

    0

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    Pros
    Online portals improve our school communications and parents like the real-time directory and access to forms and student reports. Teachers love the portals for ease of writing reports online.

    LW

    Lori W.

    Fairly robust for the money, increasing ease of use and functionality, awesome customer service.

    TP

    Tamara P.

    Our reps have been instrumental in helping VWS rolling out BigSis. We have many great feedbacks from teachers, staffs, and parents on the user friendly system.

    HP

    Huy P.

    Cons
    Another thing, BigSIS does not differentiate well between parents and guardians. This always present itself as a problem with parents who are separated and when one parent has limited rights.

    VV

    Vesna V.

    My biggest frustration is the lack of generic training videos and/or detailed user manual.

    TP

    Tamara P.

    This is likely the case for any software, but not being able to find something easily is frustrating.

    RT

    Rory T.

    Overall rating contenders

    Overall Rating
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    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Extremely flexible and user-friendly program. We love it!

    Reviewed 5 years ago

    Improved school communications, saved money, improved information tracking for inquiries and student records, enabled online student reports input and dissemination, consolidated multiple functions in areas of admissions, development, enrollment, information management.

    Pros

    Very powerful program with fantastic support team that has implemented many of our requests as needed. Online portals improve our school communications and parents like the real-time directory and access to forms and student reports. Teachers love the portals for ease of writing reports online. From online inquiries to admissions tracking, development, attendance, reports, this program meets many of our needs.

    Cons

    Does not integrate with our billing system... we use Quickbooks. Hoping to see this in future updates.

    Vendor response

    Thank you, Lori. We love working with you and our whole BigSIS family at the Waldorf School of San Diego. Your feedback has been invaluable to us and we hope to be able to keep expanding BigSIS to meet your needs and the needs of other schools like yours!

    Overall Rating
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    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    BigSIS has a very nice and clean interface. It is self intuitive for the most part.

    Reviewed 4 years ago

    It made my job easier. It simplified student reports process and it is helpful to have the ability to pull different reports. I can get the information that I need from anywhere, I don't have to be at my desk. It gave me the ability to work from home when needed. I wish we had someone to help us make small changes, such as ability to print labels per household correctly and to print labels with just...

    Pros

    Having ability to share student reports, school directory and collect school forms through Parent Portal. Teachers having an easy access to the student reports they wrote in the past through Teacher's Portal. Writing student reports, curriculum summaries (descriptions), and being able to allow proofreaders a direct access to those reports is helping us simplify the whole process. Ability to send group email. Running reports on daily attendance, emergency contacts, health information. Customer service is very helpful. You can always count on a prompt, detailed and helpful answer from the customer service.

    Cons

    Not having formatting ability when writing student reports. Sending a group email is a cumbersome and lengthy process. Mailing labels (per household) are not centered correctly, we end up wasting more labels than using. We don't have a programmer on site to help us customize so simple things as labels are not a usable feature to us. I am not always aware of the updates, small updates, which often influence and change processes that I use occasionally . Parent Portal cannot be used on cell phones, which is more and more what end user expects. We received many complaints about parents and teachers not being able to use BigSIS on iPad's.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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    Once operations are learned the system works well

    Reviewed 4 years ago

    Online database that multiple users can access and use.

    Pros

    Lots of options for sorting and tracking families and students. We have found the attendance to be simple and easy to use.

    Cons

    Not intuitive, have to learn how to do everything from scratch. Each time we add a new user for any reason, it is a job to relearn the system. None of our users are highly computer savy so it is frustrating. It took us over a year to begin really using it because it felt so cumbersome.

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    BigSIS is getting more useful as we learn how to use it. There is a significant learning curve.

    Reviewed 4 years ago
    Pros

    I like that it can filter for different information, that parents can input information directly through the parent portal, that teachers can share student reports directly through the parent portal, and it's ability to track progress through contracting process. There is so much more that BigSIS can do that we have not been able to tap into. I am slowly learning how to use it and expanding my awareness...

    Cons

    BigSIS is not always intuitive. Some of the more important items, such as the help tutorials/checklists, are located in certain tables. There is a certain amount of "remembering" or familiarity that is necessary before it can be used in an efficient manner. This is likely the case for any software, but not being able to find something easily is frustrating. The left side menu is a bit clunky for me....

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Fairly robust for the money, increasing ease of use and functionality, awesome customer service.

    Reviewed 4 years ago

    I'd say we are getting the basics, which is more than can be said for other solutions. We are getting registrar records management, donor records management, most of what we need for mailings, and now we are expanding into alumni records management. I have many ideas for what I would like to see from the product that would make the registrar's job, in particular, easier, and they are open-minded, so we will see what the future brings.

    Pros

    Their customer support is upbeat, helpful, open-minded, tuned in to the experience of the user, with fairly quick turn-around on a ticket (usually less than 24 hours), and very personal. I also love that they listen to the customer, and take the feedback into their product, making improvements. These take time, and of course, the source of improvements are the initial frustrations (limitations) that caused the suggestions, so it's not perfect. But in my experience, no database is perfect anyway, so you might as well go with one that will improve over time.

    Cons

    My biggest frustration is the lack of generic training videos and/or detailed user manual. I see they are adding in little info bubbles to help answer questions (which is great), and there are some how-to videos in the help section, but not nearly enough. I feel like there's a lot to learn about this database that is bottle-necked at their help-desk, and I personally wish that I could learn a lot more in order to maximize our usage. This being said, they are forward-thinking crew, and their upgrades are well-thought out, and I expect the product to continue to blossom in functionality. I think almost any Waldorf school with a tight budget would do well to jump on board with them, since they offer a fairly robust functionality for a good value.

    BigSIS FAQs and common questions

    Q. What type of pricing plans does BigSIS offer?

    BigSIS has the following pricing plans:
    Starting from: $99.00/month
    Pricing model: Subscription


    Q. Who are the typical users of BigSIS?

    BigSIS has the following typical customers:
    Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business


    Q. What languages does BigSIS support?

    BigSIS supports the following languages:
    English


    Q. Does BigSIS offer an API?

    Yes, BigSIS has an API available for use.


    Q. What other apps does BigSIS integrate with?

    BigSIS integrates with the following applications:
    Authorize.Net, Dayforce HCM, Mailchimp, Microsoft Excel


    Q. What level of support does BigSIS offer?

    BigSIS offers the following support options:
    Email/Help Desk, Chat, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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