Sawyer Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Sawyer

Class management software for kids activity providers

4.52/5 (151 reviews)

Sawyer overview

What is Sawyer?

Built by and for children's activity providers, Sawyer aims to help businesses with the scheduling and planning of classroom activities. Together we've built features to save you time including: custom classroom and camp management, instant communication with parents, online registration and payment processing, and powerful scheduling.

Educators are also provided with biweekly webinars where our community comes together to learn from each other and industry experts. Past topics have included online classes, user acquisition, digital marketing, financial strategy, and more!
www.sawyertools.com

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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
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Sawyer reviews

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Ara Castaneda

Very easy to use and adds a professional look to my website

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-07-18
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
1. I love that HiSawyer is specific to use for children activities and classes. I tried other booking plugins or websites that were a "one size fits all" (appointments for nail salon or doctor's office) and well... they didn't quite fit for my business. For instance, HiSawyer allows the possibility to see the age and birthdate of the kids, having an "older sibling discount", adding semesters or multiple locations, specially because our class doesn't have only one location... Bookings are specific for a kid's class, and it's awesome. 2. Very easy to use! All what can be done in point #1, is very easy to set up! 3. Professional look. Some other plugins I had tried before look very outdated and amateurish. I love HiSawyer fresh and professional design. It's exactly what I was looking for for months until I bumped into HiSawyer.

Cons
I really love everything about it. If I had to really look for perfection: it would be awesome if there was an app. It might be just me, but checking it from mobile can be a little bit frustrating sometimes. Nothing out of this world, not bugs or errors, just think about checking social media from a web browser in your phone. But other than that, I love this!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jessica Chiong

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Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-07-18
Review Source: Capterra

We are solving are registration process by using Sawyer. Originally, we were using about 6 different spreadsheets that were all complicated on their own level. Because of this, the registration process became very lengthy because parents couldn't register on their own but instead, they had to register with me, an individual, and would have to wait for a process to be completed in order to move forward with registration. This became extremely difficult because one individual registering over 500+ students is not an easy task.

Pros
I like how easy it is to manage and use. Our clients seem to enjoy it as well since it allows them a lot of accessibility and privacy especially when registering. I also appreciate all of the options that we can do for creating camps and classes. Overall, there are a lot of options that we can do for our programs now that we have Sawyer.

Cons
Because of how easy the program is to use, there are some options that we would appreciate having but do not have yet. For one, it would be nice to have the ability to send out receipts to clients on the financials page if we were to increase their balance or charge them through there. It would also be nice to have a notes section on the financials page so that our accountant and I don't have to look through all of our emails to find information regarding a client but instead have it readily available. Another thing, we would appreciate is if the financials alone had the ability to sort the clients by payment method and etc. And if we move to another page and press the back button, it would be nice to not have to restart but instead just have it still remaining on the clients that we searched for.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Scott Horwitz

Chefsville

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-08-23
Review Source: Capterra

I am still developing our relationship with Sawyer. Can't say that I am able to give any fair opinion of the overall experience at this time.

Pros
Its ease of use. Many concepts make sense. To be able to assign teachers and increase parent communication. *** Please add ability to attach files *** and please *** update your form software for custom forms - it is terrible right now ***

Cons
This summer Chefsville had over 30 camps. The normal training schedule for Sawyer didn't allow for us being out working those camps so getting trained was twice as hard for Mollie. We actually had to test, play and figure it out until she advised us and we could follow. I still have no idea of what an acknowledgement/registration confirmation e-mail looks like and have customers calling me asking when there next payment is due and what dates our programs are. I have a great email that I use, but I can't use that when I am trusting your software to do it along with payment receipt. We still are not trained and know that your software does more than what we know. Mollie has been out and schools started for us this week. So we are having to scramble to find information. We still need help with our form, our form asks several questions that your profile automatically does. I need to find where and how to get this information, change our form so it asks only one time. Website Widget - we have no control of it! I had to figure out the coding to modify the short code to show Semesters and not camps. I did ask for help, but by the time customer service got to me, many people passed our programs over because they couldn't see how to register by changing "Camps" to "Semesters". I think your clients need to have more controls on their WordPress.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Stevie Cornine

If you are looking for an affordable class management software. This is for you

Used daily for free trial
Reviewed 2020-02-04
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
This ease and functionality of this program was great when we were checking out other programs to convert from.

Cons
Most of the problems from this software was being able to charge customers/students either by the quarter or monthly depending on what classes they were registered from. The Rep that I was in contact with was suppose to contact me when it was ready to be implemented but never reached back out.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Michelle Fassler

Sawyer has made my life easier!

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-08-01
Review Source: Capterra

I have been very happy overall with Sawyer; creating classes and schedules is easy, reports are a breeze, and parents find it much easier than our other system.

Pros
Financials - reporting, payment plans, etc. I used to spend so much time creating and managing payment plans for parents! Our previous software made it almost impossible to get information about our deposits, fees, etc. It is very transparent with Sawyer.

Cons
It is more for children at this point and we have classes for children and adults so sometimes we have to do a lot of explaining to people. A little more flexibility for that would be nice.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Sawyer pricing

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Free trial
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Pricing is a per transaction fee

Sawyer features

Calendar Management
Class Scheduling
Communication Management
Self Service Portal

API (138 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (154 other apps)
Assessment Management (143 other apps)
Attendance Management (100 other apps)
Attendance Tracking (95 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (107 other apps)
Content Management (94 other apps)
Course Authoring (108 other apps)
Customizable Branding (104 other apps)
Data Import/Export (98 other apps)
Learning Management (164 other apps)
Progress Reports (103 other apps)
Progress Tracking (110 other apps)
Registration Management (90 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (161 other apps)
Third Party Integration (96 other apps)

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Additional information for Sawyer

Key features of Sawyer

  • Class Summary
  • Program Management
  • Online Registration
  • Instructor Management
  • Multi-School Management
  • Customizable User Profiles
  • Filtered Messaging
  • Billing Statements
  • Parent Portal
  • Activity Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Client Portal
  • Communication Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Forms
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Instant Messaging
  • Referral Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Class Scheduling
  • Group Scheduling
  • Event Scheduling
  • Price Management
  • Filtered Views
  • Instructor Scheduling
  • Online Booking Integration
  • Availability Indicator
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Self Service Portal
  • Customer Experience Management
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Benefits

Accept all forms of payments–credit, checks, even cash.

Instant communication with parents right from the web app.

Download customized reports on attendance, payment history, and more.

Manage different classes and camps by age and activity.

Save child information such as allergies and after school pickup.

Access to a community of like-minded providers and resources to grow together.