BigSIS Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

BigSIS

BigSIS is a modern, highly customizable fully integrated SIS

4.43/5 (14 reviews)

BigSIS overview

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.

The contact management module allows users to store student, parent, alumnus or donor details online for central access, while the student management module helps users track student admissions, enrollments and registrations, as well as create courses and assign grades or written reports. BigSIS’s student reports and grades module allows teachers to write narrative progress reports, while attendance and truancy management features help users set up school truancy rules and track student attendance.

Integrated email capabilities enable users to send emails to segmented groups of people, while leads management and reporting tools allow users to track prospective students online. A volunteer management module, alongside donations and fundraising tools, help users track and manage volunteer activity and track the gifts and pledges made to school campaigns, funds and appeals. Through Authorize.net integration, BigSIS accepts online credit card payments for donations, tuition deposits, application fees, and more.

The BigSIS platform also helps users manage calendars and events, as well as online applications and contracts. All documents are stored securely and can be accessed in the document center. BigSIS supports a number of free features including a multi-page form engine, MailChimp integration, financial management, invoicing, and more.
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BigSIS screenshot: The main dashboard provides users with quick links to the most common formsBigSIS Promotional VideoBigSIS screenshot: Utilize built-in filters to find current or past students and/or parentsBigSIS screenshot: Use different filters to help locate recordsBigSIS screenshot: Teachers have central access to all the important information that applies to them, from the teacher portalBigSIS screenshot: Online donation forms include recurring gift and pledge options, and allow users to enter credit card or bank account informationBigSIS screenshot: Parents can fill out back-to-school forms with current health data, emergency contact information, and moreBigSIS screenshot: The extended care module allows parents to sign up for aftercareBigSIS Admissions / Leads Module

BigSIS reviews

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Lori Williamson

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

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-11-28
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Response from BigSIS


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!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Vesna Vasovic

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

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-03-02
Review Source: Capterra

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 first and last name, without address. I feel that we do not use BigSIS to its full extent and primarily that is due to the fact that we don't have a programmer on site and we are not aware of all the BigSIS features. Maybe a demo once the major updates are up would help. 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. Parent wit the limited rights still needs to have an access to Parent Portal but we cannot specify that only one parent is a guardian, and the other can see the reports, school directory but nothing else for example.

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Rory Thompson

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

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-02-22
Review Source: Capterra

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 of its possibilities. I wish someone knowledgeable could help customize it more for our needs as just a basic starting point. Perhaps I was just unaware of how much customizing would be necessary on our end. The webinars that we had at the beginning were helpful but premature. I think it's much more practical to have our own database in place before we learn how to use it. Learning something this complex in a hypothetical way is challenging. However, I appreciated all the time and training sessions that were offered. Perhaps there could be more follow-up.

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. I don't understand why some things are given their own headings and not others. Like "Courses" being it's own section, but "Academic Years" is hidden under Students> Other. Seems like it would be together in one area in an hierarchical order, so I have trouble remembering where to find it. Lastly, there doesn't seem to be a quick way to pull up emergency card, health info, on a student in BigSIS, and it would be helpful. If I mistakenly look for it under the "Student" table then I must click through several screens to retrieve the info. Running a report also takes a bit of work. I would like a main screen field, that does not have to wait for a table to load, where I simply type in a student's name and a report comes up with allergies, emergency contacts etc. If it takes too long then it's not as useful as a printed piece of paper that can be quickly accessed in a binder. I hope this helps!

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Stephanie Redden

Once operations are learned the system works well

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-02-26
Review Source: Capterra

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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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Tamara Photiadis

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

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-03-01
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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BigSIS pricing

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BigSIS features

API
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Data Import/Export
Progress Tracking
Records Management
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics

Activity Dashboard (123 other apps)
Content Management (73 other apps)
Course Authoring (86 other apps)
Customizable Branding (81 other apps)
Learning Management (131 other apps)
Progress Reports (74 other apps)
Self Service Portal (76 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for BigSIS

Key features of BigSIS

  • Admissions management
  • Parent portal
  • Online payments
  • Class scheduling
  • Curriculum management
  • Academic reporting
  • Classroom management
  • Facility management
  • Student management
  • Mailing labels
  • Public portal
  • Course management
  • Student reports & grades management
  • Filter & query builder
  • Custom data tracking
  • Leads reporting
  • Resource calendars
  • Gift & pledge tracking
  • Donations & fundraising management
  • Application fee collection
  • Gradebook management
  • Runtime filter parameters
  • MailChimp integration
  • History logs
  • Status logging
  • Online applications
  • Sandbox/testing site
  • Assignment management
  • Attendance management
  • Alerts
  • Follow-up reminders
  • Calendar management
  • Communication management
  • Configurable workflow
  • Custom forms
  • Custom report service
  • Data visualization
  • Digital signature
  • Document storage
  • Integrated email
  • Email notifications
  • Employee management
  • Teacher portal
  • Financial management
  • Multi-page form engine
  • Invoices
  • Mail merge
  • Permission management
  • Student progress tracking
  • Real-time data
  • Real-time reporting
  • Student records management
  • Recurring payments
  • Class registration management
  • Resource management
  • School directory search
  • Single sign on (SSO)
  • Canned or predefined templates
  • Authorize.net payments
  • Automated scheduling
  • Data import/export
  • Attendance tracking
  • Mailing list management
  • Custom form fields & drop-down lists
  • Filtered views
  • Completion tracking
  • Reporting & statistics
  • Tags & notes
  • Document management
  • Task management
  • Lead management
  • Customizable contracts
  • Contract management
  • Volunteer management
  • User management
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Benefits

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.