STARS vs Gradelink Comparison

Overview

STARS is a cloud based campus management solution which allows schools and colleges to maintain records and operational data...

Gradelink is an easy-to-use SIS to help your school save time, improve enrollment and fulfill its mission.

  • 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
$199.00/mo.month
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$97.00/mo.month
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.6

(13)

5

4

3

2

1

10

2

0

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
0%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

308

76

8

0

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
99%
would recommend this app

Pros

The reporting abilities of the system are outstanding and the customization options regarding querying the data are simple yet diverse and abundant. The customer support is amazing.
They have outstanding support for any issues that may arise, or help with training.
Query function is very helpful to build "customized" reports. Customer service has also been great to assist in building queries to fit the schools needs.

Pros

We are able to communicate with all of our parents, whether by email or text, which is great. The software is pretty easy to use and there is always someone available to help when issues arise.
This is very easy to use, has everything I need to keep my records and data organized and available. Customer service is outstanding, and always there to help.
It has reduced the need for some paper documents. We have had many positive experiences with customer service and the ease of set-up and implementation was excellent.

Cons

Being a web based product it eliminates any costly server infrastructure. STARS is able to handle all our school processes from lead aggregation through career services/placement.
It has allowed us a forum to leave notes on current students that are accessable to department heads.
Customer service is poor. Lots of promises to get things done quickly, but we've had to wait months for simple changes and were given attitude about it.

Cons

The only complaint that we have had with Gradelink is when printing report cards for our students. The columns for comments are long and narrow and therefore difficult to read.
It can be confusing sometimes, when I want to do things I get confused.
Our school has been using Gradelink for years now and I think that speaks for itself as we have stuck with this service.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review3 years ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review22 days ago

Key features

  • Total features21
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • API
  • Accounting Management
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Auditing
  • Auto-Responders
  • Automated Billing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting
  • CRM Integration
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Data Import/Export
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Integration
  • Employee Portal
  • Event Calendar
  • Financial Management
  • General Ledger
  • Help Desk Management
  • Job Management
  • Label Printing
  • Mobile Integration
  • Monitoring
  • POS
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Scheduled Reporting
  • Student Management
  • Third Party Integration
  • Total features25
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • API
  • Accounting Management
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Auditing
  • Auto-Responders
  • Automated Billing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting
  • CRM Integration
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Data Import/Export
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Integration
  • Employee Portal
  • Event Calendar
  • Financial Management
  • General Ledger
  • Help Desk Management
  • Job Management
  • Label Printing
  • Mobile Integration
  • Monitoring
  • POS
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Scheduled Reporting
  • Student Management
  • Third Party Integration

Integrations

  • Total integrations1
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • G Suite
  • GoToMeeting
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom
  • Total integrations4
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • G Suite
  • GoToMeeting
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • 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

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Gradelink

I enjoy using this comprehensive, well organized software.

Reviewed 3 years ago

Not only has this software streamlined our grading and transcripting process, but it allows us to keep parents informed of students' academic progress, as well as school events in an easy and seamless fashion.

Pros

I do enjoy this software immensely! It has a lot of great features, which meld together seamlessly. I have used this software both as a guidance counselor with full admin privileges, and as a teacher. It is easily accessible to parents, and allows teachers to keep parents informed on a daily basis. The platform appears to be solid, and I don't have random "grade changes" while I'm not looking! I've listed four small issues below. When these are fixed, it will be fairly close to perfect, and I will be able to give it five stars all around. As with any multiple-feature computer program, there is a learning curve. Customer support is always there and willing to talk to us.

Cons

1. We cannot set up grading differently for middle school and high school. (We would like 25% per quarter, 10% exam for middle school, 40/40/20 for high school.) 2. We cannot easily select out parent vs. student e-mail in the Communicate section. 3. I would like to ability to write a comment on a transcript that is neither a test nor an award. 4. I would like to have the ability to print out a grade level of transcript. Specifying graduation year rather than grade level would be fine.

Vendor response

Thank you for taking the time to write such a well-thought-out review, Karen! We go to great lengths to make Gradelink an all-in-one solution for schools and their students, while still keeping it easy to use. We'll get in touch with you to talk about possible solutions to the issues you listed. We'll see what we can do to earn those five stars!

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Gradelink

Outstanding Service

Reviewed 4 years ago

Our team has been very impressed with the customer service team at Gradelink, especially. They have gone above and beyond in serving us and answering our questions and implementing the changes we request. We are happy overall with the Gradelink program. The 4 stars are because it can take a number of clicks to get where we need to go and there are multiple layers that can be a little difficult to find certain tools in. However the service team has been more than happy to walk us through whatever questions we may have and lead us where we need to go

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Vendor response

Thank you for your feedback, Ian! We are always working on ways to improve Gradelink and information from our users is an important part of the process.

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Gradelink

Fantastic program for small school use.

Reviewed 5 years ago

We searched for a very long time for a system management program for our Christian school (approx. 150 students) that was affordable. I received a post card detailing Gradelink's abilities, and had a Eureka moment! This is the most user-friendly, cost effective, and accurate system we have ever used. I could not be more pleased. The tech support is superb -- immediate call backs, clear instructions, and pleasant interactions. Ease of use is phenomenal for both faculty and administration, and they are constantly working to implement improvements. I heartily recommend Gradelink to anyone who will listen. I would give them ten stars if allowed!

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Vendor response

We sincerely appreciate your endorsement, Susan! We're thrilled that you chose Gradelink and we're grateful for the opportunity to serve Cape Coral Christian School.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Gradelink

Ben is amazing!

Reviewed 4 years ago

I am a teacher and the office administrator and I use grade link every single day. Though i don't always find it to be technically easy to use, I have always found technical support to be outstanding. Each time they are so patient, so kind, and truly efficient. However, I was blown away by the support received by Ben K this past week. He was so great with our reports that we were able to get out on time, even though i had to call him four times in one day. Each call made was net with kindness and knowledge and made me feel supported and valued. He is a commendable employee and he earns more than five stars from our school. Thank you. Ben, for everything!

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Vendor response

You certainly made Ben's day with your kind words, Beth! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Gradelink

Excellent - Best investment!!

Reviewed 5 years ago

I need more stars to be able to rate Gradelink more acurately!!! I have to say we LOVE Gradelink!!! Best thing we invested in (next to an excellent curriculum of course!) The majority of our students do not live here with their families, but with Gradelink parents are aware of what is happening 24/7. If you recall we have missionary teachers so each year I have a turnover of staff - and all of...

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Vendor response

Wow, what a glowing review, Charmaine! Thank you for taking the time to let us know that Gradelink is working so well for you and your staff. We never get tired of hearing how our work makes life easier for our clients.

STARS vs. Gradelink

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