Sycamore Education Features

Sycamore Education

Education productivity & management platform

4.45/5 (44 reviews)

Sycamore Education Feature Summary

  • Secure database
  • 100% Cloud-based
  • Master Scheduler
  • District Functionality
  • Mobile App
  • Communication Features
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Admissions
  • Transcripts
  • Built in Learning Management System

Education & eLearning Feature Comparison

Most popular features of all Education & eLearning apps

API (101 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (120 other apps)
Activity Tracking (69 other apps)
Assessment Management (103 other apps)
Attendance Management (82 other apps)
Attendance Tracking (75 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (89 other apps)
Calendar Management (72 other apps)
Communication Management (84 other apps)
Content Management (71 other apps)
Course Authoring (84 other apps)
Customizable Branding (77 other apps)
Data Import/Export (72 other apps)
Learning Management (129 other apps)
Progress Reports (70 other apps)
Progress Tracking (83 other apps)
Records Management (73 other apps)
Registration Management (75 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (112 other apps)
Self Service Portal (74 other apps)

Competitor Feature Comparison

API
Learning Management
Monitoring
Learn moreCompare App
API
Learning Management
Monitoring
Learn moreCompare App
API
Learning Management
Monitoring
Learn moreCompare App

Sycamore Education Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Sycamore Education's features:

Jon Cassel

Comprehensive School Information System

2017-09-08

Centralized Calendar and Attendance.

Pros

We probably only use half of its functionality at this point but we saw immediate wins with a centralized calendar, documents and family data.

Cons

The user interface can be difficult to navigate sometimes and find the exact feature you are looking for.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Sharon Wallace

Sycamore is a great solution for small and medium sized schools. It is very reliable.

2017-09-07

It does allow teachers to record grades and the grades are then accessible by parents and report cards are easy to generate.

Pros

The cafeteria feature works really well even with 24 teachers entering attendance / lunch orders at the same time.

Cons

We don't use the "pass-a-note" feature very much.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Hector Martinez

Super comprehensive school-management package

2018-03-06

Great price for a FULL system to manage the entire K-12 spectrum, from facilities to student admissions...

Pros

Great Google integration (provisioning, email, calendar, classroom...).

Cons

Other than those two factors, this could be one of the best school-management systems in the world!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Kate Parker

Our school has used Sycamore for years, and each year we continue to utilize new elements in it.

2017-09-15

centralized data and communication for our whole school on many diffeerent levels: administration and management, staff-wide, with families, with students, and with prospective families/students.

Pros

Sycamore keeps all our school data in one place so that the office, administration, and teachers can all share information.

Cons

That said, there are a lot of shortcuts that I keep learning about that make me like using Sycamore more and more!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Pattie Hancock

Excellent Customer Service/User Friendly

2011-02-11

I would give them an excellent rating and would have no problem recommending Sycamore to any school looking for an online student management system.

Pros

I have been working in the education field for 25 years, 20 of them with the local public school system, and have used many different student management systems during that time.

Cons

There have been very few things that our school personally wanted changed that were not feasible as other schools had not asked for the same changes. We have been able to work around them.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
3rd grade mom

1990's technology

2012-09-17

This proposes to be a complete management tool for elementary and high schools.

Source: GetApp
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Nancee Wilson

NMCS thinks Sycamore Education is AWESOME!

2010-09-28

Our school would HIGHLY recommend sycamore education, we've used other systems and have NEVER had such an easy time converting over to a new system.

Pros

Has so much to offer beside attendance and grades

Cons

We have not had any issues with this system. Any changes we've needed have been addressed quickly.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Sycamore Leaf Solutions


Clarification: Training videos and manuals are accessible within the system for all users. If more personal training is desired, administrator and teacher training sessions can be scheduled. This is done via webinar for a minimal fee. A proposal for on-site training can also be requested.

Read more
Julie Elliott

Sycamore Fan

2011-02-11

I would highly recommend Sycamore. Our school has benefited so much from using Sycamore and are pleased with the decision we made to use this software. For the price, ease of use and great tech support/upgrades, it would be difficult to find anything better.

Pros

We appreciate their willingness to see us through to the end when we have an issue (even when it's self created).

Cons

Not as much database flexibility (adding fields/tracking) as we woud like.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Anonymous
(Education Management company, 11-50 employees)

All-around system for schools

2018-08-22

We used this at a small Christian school and it really helped us streamline our workflows!

Pros

I really liked how it integrated grading, communication, and attendance.

Cons

The multiple pop-up windows got annoying after a while. It would be good to integrate some sort of video instruction capabilities where teachers could post information for the students.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Melodye Bowers

Sycamore enabled us to get into the 21st century by using an online management system. We love it!

2017-09-08

Pros

Communication has increased between parents and teachers as grades can be tracked and paper grades don't get lost.

Cons

I have been frustrated a bit b/c it doesn't allow for creative flexibility (for instance transcripts don't have a lot of space for extra activities) or for things that aren't the same in different countries.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Melissa Brown

Sycamore is a fantastic school management program.

2017-09-08

It is so much easier to exchange information between different offices within our school.

Pros

Customer service is AWESOME!

Cons

There are few features like church attendance and basic checklists within the grade book that I would love to see them add.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Melissa Schlake

Sycamore Education - Teacher perspective

2018-09-19

This product is significantly better than what we had been using, but I still feel like there is more we could do with it. I'm not sure if that is an issue on our part or if there is a way that Sycamore can deliver on-going information about the product features.

Pros

Completing tasks like attendance and lunch counts is so much faster via the app.

Cons

For example completing attendance.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Sycamore Leaf Solutions


Thank you for the review. This is a great question: is there a way that Sycamore can deliver on-going information about the product features? Outside of using the System Help, please be looking for Tips and Tricks coming soon! On the Attendance, did you know right when you login, in the upper right there is an icon for Attendance Tracker? Click on it, select your class and submit your attendance! That¿s a great example of the tips and tricks we will be sending out. Have an awesome day, and thank you again for the review.

Sycamore Education

Read more
Brian Pogson

Sycamore Best Bang for your buck

2010-10-27

Overall our School users are happy with Sycamore. I would recommend this product as a cost effective way to get your school up and running on cloud computing. There is no software to maintain and minimal start up costs.

Pros

- All in one System - Customer support is quite responsive - No software to upgrade, No servers to back up - Very feature rich - Cost effective all in one solution for Schools of all sizes

Cons

- Many reports are available and Dynamic reports are great but need the ability to save Dynamic report definitions.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Carol Lopez

St. Barbara School appreciates the integration of gradebooks and family information.

2015-07-13

A recent upgrade to online enrollment facilitated registering new and returning families and helps the admissions office to track the status of our families in the registration process.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Christy Tanner

User friendly

2010-11-01

I recommend Sycamore Education to any school who wishes to increase the daily communication between teachers and parents.

Pros

I often print reports of students grades to go home, and in a few clicks can email that same report directly to parents!

Cons

It takes a little while to learn to navigate the ins and outs of everything. After a few quarters it becomes like second nature. I just KNOW where everything is.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Kris Austin

Sycamore does what we need it to do. The customer service is really what keeps us here.

2017-09-07

Grade/report card preparation is so much easier for our staff.

Pros

Easy to use for parents and staff; customer service is the BEST -- quick to respond , servant-minded and very competent.

Cons

There are a few quirks, like only uploading a single photo at a time (unlike something like Facebook where several can be done with a click). We had to go with a different accounting system (Quick Books Online) because we couldn't integrate it with Sycamore. Email is hard to manage at times.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Dustin Hungerford

Sycamore

2019-09-03

Pros

There are very little pros, except that I easily reached a customer service rep when I needed help with an issue.

Cons

I found its interface to be clunky, filled with unnecessary options, and difficult to navigate.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Sycamore Leaf Solutions


Dustin,

You mentioned in the Pros section of your review that customer service was easy to reach. That's great, as we hear this often. A phone call or a Teacher Chat would have cleared these issues up quickly. You would have received instructions on how to use the dropbox for student assignments and also directed to the Help section where there are specific instructions. Regarding your issue with final grades, this is a simple configuration issue. Schools definitely have the ability to see final grades computed with the final exam.

Should you use Sycamore in the future, we will gladly help you with your classroom setup. We will also point you to our comprehensive help system with an extensive microlearning library to help you learn all the features of Sycamore at your own pace. We would also recommend that you check out our full integration with Google and Google Classroom it's a great addition to Sycamore School.

We wish you well with your seminary classes!
-SE

Read more
Jon Sugimoto

We have been very satisfied with the product and the support.

2008-11-02

We have been very satisfied with the product and the support. It has met our expectations and beyond. We probably use only half of the features and are excited about the prospects of the implementing and expanding our school's effective using this product.

Pros

Our main objective was to improve communication between school and home.

Cons

The user interface is quirky at times.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Rick Pelkie

Sycamore Review

2010-06-06

I strongly recommend this to any school or school district. It is a fantastic resource for my school and my community.

Pros

It allows for great communication with teachers, students, staff, and parents.

Cons

I would like to see an e-mail notification sent to parents as to when grades have been updated.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Tony Ryff

Sycamore Education - The Key to a Smooth Running School

2010-01-13

Using Sycamore has revolutionized communication throughout our school community.

Pros

Provides an excellent platform for ongoing communication between the school and home. 3.

Cons

1. The user manuals would be more beneficial if they guided the user step-by-step through each process, especially during initial setup. What the user manuals lack, the customer support makes up for!

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Zenab Eldreny

Difficult to maneuver but with many features.

2017-10-05

Pros

It's a good communication tool.

Cons

He parents do not usually log on because of the complicated user interface.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Edward Butler

I'm very happy with the fact that it's like a one stop shop. Has everything we need .

2017-09-07

a lot of things in one place.

Pros

As an administrator for this software, I enjoy the ease of creating reports and being able to costomize them.

Cons

There seems to be too many clicks to get to some things. We have a lot of students who don't always share the same last name as their parent so some times it's hard to connect the two when doing some things.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Rob Lunak

Sycamore

2019-06-04

Overall, Sycamore has been a good experience for us, despite its flaws, and it has helped us manage our school.

Pros

Sycamore does a lot. It can do almost anything you would need a SIS to do, and it has the best google classroom integration of any SIS and LMS out there.

Cons

Sycamore can be tedious to navigate at times, and some of the design decisions are baffling.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Sycamore Leaf Solutions


Hello, Rob! Thanks for taking the time to give us an honest, positive review! We really appreciate it! Sycamore continues to listen to our customers and make enhancements based on feedback. We pride ourselves in our product and service, and our support team is readily available to assist. If you ever have any questions( even small ones!), we'd be more than happy to help!

Sycamore Education

Read more
Ugochi Babajide

Great tool for keeping track!

2018-11-26

Pros

We can also view her lunch menu from there and track her grades.

Cons

I wish there was an option to update account balances via our bank account. I guess at this time, PayPal is the only option. This is it a con but can be a potential inconvenience if PayPal is not working.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more
Lee Ann Carmichael

Administrator

2009-08-29

1. I would love to see you all at the Mid-Atlantic Convention in Lancaster PA. 2. I had a new family comment that they were telling a group of people their child was coming to the school. Someone in the group, who does not have a child at our school and we are not sure how they even know about the school, spoke up and said "Well they have Sycamore and it is a wonderful program!". Someone is talking!

Pros

Our high school classrooms are in "learning cottages" aka trailers - and the teachers are separated.

Cons

Getting my parents over the learning curve of using the program.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Read more