SchoolBrains Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

SchoolBrains

Web based student information system

3.45/5 (11 reviews)

SchoolBrains overview

SchoolBrains is a student information system that allows schools to maintain student data through a web based portal. It is an integrated solution for all key members of a school including students, teachers, faculty, and parents. The solution manages entire student life cycle, from lead generation to placement. The software is suited for the needs of small and medium sized institutes across the US.

SchoolBrains is designed primarily for K-12 and primary schools. It manages all aspects of operations from lead management, scheduling meeting, student grades and attendance management. The primary features of the solution are managing student information, planning & scheduling education courses, generating grade-books and report cards, managing nursing & health records, annual assessment, tracking admission process, community portal for key member’s interaction, alerting and curriculum mapping.

Built on .Net platform with MS SQL, SchoolBrains offers both server and network flexibility and scalability. It also offers mobile app for iPad and iPhone users to access their portal through their smart phones.
www.schoolbrains.com

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United States

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English
SchoolBrains screenshot: In SchoolBrains, administrator can set grading preferences limiting high and low grade valuesSchoolBrains | System OverviewSchoolBrains screenshot: Extensive reporting capability in SchoolBrains allow parents and faculty to view gradebook recordsSchoolBrains screenshot: Home screen in SchoolBrains allows one click tabs to various sections including scores, medical plans and accountsSchoolBrains screenshot: SchoolBrains Mobile AppSchoolBrains screenshot: Student portal in SchoolBrains is one stop destination to get every detail about student including grades, attendance and test scores

SchoolBrains reviews

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Matthew Bolduc

Schoolbrains - Adequate but should be better.

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2016-11-18
Review Source: Software Advice

Schoolbrains works fairly well for daily use, but the implementation process and data reporting aspects need improvement. Specifically, during implementation, most timelines and deadlines were not met or required constant prompting from the customer to complete tasks correctly and on time.

Pros
Schoolbrains works well for the daily SIS functions performed by schools. Navigation is easy. Accessibility is very good. Personnel security roles can be both globally and micro-managed depending on the need.

Cons
Customization is required far too often, even for what might be considered routine data management. Although we were told it can: Customization cannot be done by school personnel. Importing data to update student or staff information cannot be done by school personnel. Reporting out and exporting data that resides on more than one data table is impossible without Schoolbrains staff customizing a report. For example, making a list of students' names and test scores with their current teacher's name on it for more than one classroom at a time cannot be done by the user. The special education module has many functionality short-comings typically available on special education software packages. Response to Intervention recording ability does not exist.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Francis St. Botolph

Serves the whole district

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

If you need help, ask. They will help. Any new software can be challenging to use at first. That's probably where neg reviews start. We've been with them for more than three years and have not had issues that weren't quickly resolved. I went from a district with 900 students to one with more than 10,000 students and both use Schoolbrains. They provide new technology upgrades free of charge, too. Initial presentation was transparent and honest; what was promised, was delivered. I'm also a parent of a student in my district and can speak positively from that perspective as well. Please call if you have questions.

Pros
We vetted this product for almost two years and found that the districts were happiest with SchoolBrains. Their support is the best in the business. Twenty years as teacher, dept head and principal and I'm not sure where negative feedback originates. We had surveys for admin staff, teachers, parents, and administrators and all believe support and ease of use has been great. Implementation was a lot smoother than previous. Very communicative and helpful during the transition process. Total cost of ownership is much lower when you figure how much our other service was charging us for support and reports. SchoolBrains has custom reports, solid state reporting that saved us a lot of time. Functionality, service, price...all A+.

Cons
My business manager wishes they would offer a financial/ budget/ payroll module. Although it has a bus route piece, our transportation head hoped for a geo mapping module, too.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Thomas Lemmon

We Recommend SchoolBrains

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2016-12-20
Review Source: Software Advice

The three presentations were excellent. They covered everything we needed and we were well prepared with questions and he showed how the system functions, not just the benefits. If you've never been through a data systems change, you'll be surprised how much there is to it. My staff and I changed four years ago and we knew basically what to expect. It went smoother than we thought with SchoolBrains and the implementation team was accommodating and helpful. They also had an option to do more of the heavy lifting on their end. If you do not know what you're doing, spend the extra money it will be worth it. Fortunately, we have a capable staff and they had no issues. After training teachers embraced the ease of use and that intuitive behavior was critical for the union.

Pros
A system as presented. Fast access to the data we need. Easy report creation. Meets state reporting requisites that other systems have a hard time providing. Teachers and administrators said it was intuitive. Implementation was easier than previous. Critical support was responsive. Access to vice president with one call.

Cons
Support was decent but not great. Noncritical support by way of general questions or functionality was not good and at times we needed to follow up more than twice to receive answers. They manage full control of their data. It would be easier for districts, certainly ours, if we were able to create or modify certain Nontraditional or customized reports instead of calling support. Needs better integration options to third party systems.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Willis Vandalay

Saved District Money-Robust and Intuitive-Responsive Support

Reviewed 2010-01-25
Review Source: Capterra

schoolBrains saves my district money, saves my teachers and staff time and completely unifies all of our data so we have one place to quickly and easily see all critical student information. Very responsive support team. As a thirty-year educator, my teachers union, superintendent and schoolboard highly endorse schoolBrains.

Pros
Our entire management team bought in to using the system after review of four well-know larger national brands. SchoolBrains saved us money up front and continues to be a smart long-term investment for our district. Teachers learned it quickly, the software is robust and the benefits are enormous... it is totally configurable and completely unifies all of our district data so all student information can be viewed quickly. When we need help, the service has been the best I've ever exeperinced from a vendor in thirty years in education.

Cons
I wish more people knew about schoolBrains. It was at first difficult to get all parties together to agree to have them present but once it happened, we became instant fans.

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Gideon Afoh

User friendly software

Used daily for free trial
Reviewed 2018-09-26
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
I was impressed with the features of this software and its user friendliness even though we didn't use it for long. It's reports and management of students is very amazing.

Cons
Even though there's nothing bad about this software but the pricing was too high for me and I think that aspect should be considered for even small schools to purchase.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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SchoolBrains pricing

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SchoolBrains features

Activity Dashboard
Assessment Management
Attendance Tracking
Communication Management
Data Import/Export
Records Management

API (101 other apps)
Activity Tracking (70 other apps)
Attendance Management (82 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (89 other apps)
Calendar Management (72 other apps)
Content Management (71 other apps)
Course Authoring (84 other apps)
Customizable Branding (78 other apps)
Learning Management (130 other apps)
Progress Reports (71 other apps)
Progress Tracking (84 other apps)
Registration Management (75 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (113 other apps)
Self Service Portal (74 other apps)

Additional information for SchoolBrains

Key features of SchoolBrains

  • Web Access
  • Assessment Analyzer
  • Custom Report Cards
  • Easy Reporting
  • Instant Access to Complete Data
  • Admissions Management
  • Customized Scheduling
  • Web Portal
  • Emergency Alert System
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Intuitive Dashboard
  • Compliance Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Communication Management
  • Planning Tools
  • Integration with SchoolBrains Community Portal
  • Student Information / Records
  • Manage Invoices
  • Role based Permissions
  • Import / Export Data
  • Web Access
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Benefits

• SchoolBrains is a web based SaaS solution and eliminates the need for any additional IT infrastructure and high initial investment.

• The role based security options ensures that administrator have clear control over various roles and operations for different user base including students, staff, faculty and alumni.

• SchoolBrains automates and facilitates the academic planning by connecting development, production, analysis, storage and printing of education plans.

• Student portal gives a snapshot of historic performance in the district that includes enrollment, demographic and scores, all in one location.

• The solution allows teachers to measure and track the student performance and publish grades to report cards in a few steps.

• The in-built nursing and health module allows health professionals to manage all aspects of student and staff health needs. Nurses have complete access to patient’s history 24/7.

• The solution is highly customizable and can be personalized by adding/removing features or options, setting labels and managing drop down list values.

• Institutes can manage funds and scholarships and attach funds to a specific student or group of students and track how funds are being used.

• Single sign-on alert message system offers multi-channel messaging option through emails, voice and text messages.

• In-built finance module helps to manage billing, inventory, purchasing, point of sale and profitability reporting.