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What is Sycamore School?

Sycamore School is a 100% cloud-based SIS. Our 21st century pricing means you get one universal system, for one low price. No modules or add-ons. The most comprehensive system on the market, Sycamore has over 300 integrated features: a robust online admissions portal, integrated payment processing, district functionality, LMS and a FREE app for Android or iPhone. We also completely integrate with Google Apps for Education. Our support response time is measured in minutes not hours or days. Teachers love our "Chat Live with Support" feature.

Sycamore School Details
Languages Supported
English, Spanish
Product Description

Sycamore School provides educational organizations the tools they need to be organized and efficient; so they are able to spend more time focusing on students. Our complete system, with over 300 integrated features, streamlines processes and enhances communications between faculty and staff, students, and families.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

We are all inclusive with integration to your favorite companies, such as Google Apps for Education and Clever. We evolve with the current of education technology!


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Seller
Sycamore Education
Year Founded
1999
HQ Location
Fremont, NE
Twitter
@SycamoreEdu
1,833 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
26 employees on LinkedIn®
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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Sycamore is very interactive! It is easy to use and incorporate in everyday life! From communication with parents, to checking grades, and counting discipline notices, sycamore is great! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sycamore is very robust. Meaning, they have so many features. Because of that, there is a large learning curve that must take place for users to understand Sycamore. However, after a short time, users will learn the necessary steps to make their incorporation of Sycamore successful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Gather a team of leaders in your school that are able to work collaboratively on implementing Sycamore. By gathering a team of implementation staff, the administration's load is lessened. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

WCA uses Sycamore as their sole SIS. Grades, communication with families, tracking discipline notices, etc. are some of the benefits of using Sycamore. The benefit of Sycamore to WCA and its families is huge! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The seating chart has images of the students and so this is useful. The attendance system works smoothly and can be modified easily. It is easy to input grades and modify them where necessary. The interface is clean and it is not hard to navigate around the site. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The messaging feature does not always work and does not always notify you if you have received a message. I often miss messages and then have angry customers because of this. The login via email also does not always work and I often have to login twice. There are several redundant features which have a purpose that is unclear to me. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There are other systems that will work more smoothly and functionally than Sycamore. I would therefore not recommend Sycamore ahead of alternative software. There is a large market available and so check many options before choosing this software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used the program to report on student progress and monitor student attendance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I like how the company has thought of MANY of the school functions, especially on the financial side, parental communication side, and grade input side. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would really like to see Google Grades automatically update, instead of ME wasting thousands of hours pushing buttons. The missing work, excused work, etc. does not transfer over from Google Classroom. There are not even setting for me to transfer the grades automatically from Google Classroom.

Posting things on Sycamore is VERY difficult and time consuming. If Sycamore does not do something to fix these problems, then as soon as Google Classroom can process money, Sycamore will soon be obsolete.

Google Classroom is compatible with nearly every educational app. I have not once seen Sycamore's brand on an educational app.

Get with it soon Sycamore, or your company will be gone. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would not try to connect or transfer grades from Google Classroom, until Sycamore has their engineers do a simple fix. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sycamore allows us to do a lot of financial transactions, but I am not sure there are many benefits that Sycamore has, compared with other school apps. Price >>may<< be one benefit of Sycamore. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Response from Will Warren of Sycamore School

Hello Paul.

Thank you for your frank feedback. We appreciate our users experiences and we use it to pave the way for making Sycamore better. We are constantly working to make sure that we adapt and change with our ever-evolving world of education technology.

We look forward to releasing some awesome updates soon such as admissions as well as accounting.

Always feel free to reach out to us directly as well with any concerns or ideas to make us better. We welcome the chance to help in any way.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the in-app messaging services. It makes communicating with co-workers easy. Communication is such a huge part of education, using Sycamore makes communication very easy.

Another portion of Sycamore that I like is the great customer support that they have. Through the program, there is a built in feature for direct messaging with the support staff at Sycamore. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is not compatible for schools with few students. I understand that it doesn't always benefit to service a small school, but it may help the small school grow if they were able to use Sycamore. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is beneficial to all schools that are currently seeking a SIS. Through easy setup, neat features, and a good support staff, Sycamore is a beneficial product for schools to incorporate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sycamore provides solutions for our schools needs. Parents really enjoy being able to see their student's grades, assignments, and progress. Being able to schedule for parent/teacher conferences is very beneficial. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Response from Will Warren of Sycamore School

Thank you so much Aaron for your great review. It's the customers that make us who we are.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Once you get the hang of navigating your way through Sycamore, it can be a useful tool. When I'm grading, it tells me if a student was absent on the day of the assignment and that was really helpful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Navigation throughout the website is not intuitive. It took me a while to learn how to use the system and I consider myself pretty good with technology. Links bring you to pages that you wouldn't expect, and you have to go through multiple buttons just to take attendance (at least that's how our school's Sycamore was set up). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Sycamore is a good program for the low cost that you get it for. If you are willing/able to spend a little bit more, though, there are other programs that can do more (like chart and graph grades, etc.). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a school, we used Sycamore to grade and send out report cards in an organized way. We also used it to take attendance.It was helpful for accomplishing those tasks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

Sycamore is a great tool to keep current on my students grades and assignments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I can’t think of anything I dislike about Sycamore. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to quickly and easily check my students grades and also see if they have missing assignments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

I did like that it was a pretty inexpensive program. It helped us take attendance and keep grades all together. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Navigating through Sycamore is a bit difficult. Buttons bring you to pages you wouldn’t expect them to, and sometimes you have to go through multiple layers of clicking around just to find what you need (an example being finding the page that you can take attendance on). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There are other systems that do way more that only cost slightly more than Sycamore. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has helped us record grades and take attendance all in one place. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

I like theayoutof the app. Makes things easy to find. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not really the apps fault but the school doesn't take advantage of all it has to offer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Parents and teachers can relay information in one place Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Everything. Lesson plans. Attendance. Grades. Communication. I can do so much. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really. I would like an app. Maybe it has one and I have not fund it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Education management Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Sycamore Education provides a great way to manage information for small to medium size schools. It allows for organization of documents, tracking of attendance, management of schedules, and posting of grades. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Though highly useful as a one-stop website for school management, the interface is not terribly intuitive and the initial set-up takes a fair amount of time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If your school is relatively small (under 500 students), I believe Sycamore Education is a reasonably priced and usable solution. There may be some difficulty with the initial set-up, but once all data is entered and parameters are set, Sycamore is effective at managing school information. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instead of using multiple school information systems, Sycamore Education puts most of the tools necessary for school management in one place. As a new school, we evaluated several options to wrangle our data. Many options proved prohibitively expensive and included features that we had no use for. Sycamore hit the right spot for both price and functionality. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that there are many different tools available for a variety of purposes. Lunch, grades, attendance, news, links, you name it and Sycamore can do it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It definitely has a learning curve. It took me about a month before I was completely comfortable doing what i needed to do on sycamore. Sycamore is NOT a very user friendly platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Grading, attendance, lunch, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Helps give continuous feedback to parents Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Does not automatically reset at the end of the quarter Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Parent communication. Also helps keep track of finances Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Sycamore has been very accommodating to us and sought to know where they can make changes so that their product is as functional and supportive as possible. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The program is not as intuitive as it could be. It feels like you need to do a lot of clicking to get where you want to go. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Good product for the price. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sycamore has helped us communicate with our distant parents via the web. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This is the first management system I have actually liked because it’s website is user friendly. Teachers can use batch email to communicate with parents, while parents can check grades etc all on one site. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

They have developed an app but it is obvious it is still in the beginning stages. Parents cannot see Homework or grades correctly as opposed to being on website. The app also doesn’t have all the menu options listed as the website does so there’s certain things you can’t do on app. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is great to use and it’s even greater to know they are still revamping it and making it better. It’s weaknesses right now lie in the app use, but they have already implemented many changes so I’m sure in time it’ll be full functioning:) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Communication with parents and availability of grades for parents to see is crucial in education. Parents are able to be more involved in their student's academic life. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I like that I can use sycamore from the app or from ,y classroom computer. I like that so don’t have to do any special submit of semester grades. I like that you can add up to 5 assignments at a time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don’t like that you have to save out of pages quite often, auto save would help. When adding assignments, I can only add calendar days for th next Week at a time. This can be worked around, but is not automatic. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take your time to practice and you can have success with it. Takes some getting use to th functions, it overall, easier to use than RDS. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can easilu grade and take attendance from the app. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

I enjoy Sycamore's grading features, including grade configuration, grade summaries, and grade reports. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are some ways in which Sycamore is not user friendly, specifically in the app when parents are viewing their student's classes. It is difficult for them to find their class home pages and work and such. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There are setup videos that Sycamore provides. Since this system is so multi-faceted, I would reccommend watching each video and collecting as many details about the system that you can. While trial and error can be an efective way of learning a system, learning as much as you can prior to use can be helpful, especially with how crazy the beginning of school year can be! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sycamore allows you to keep records well within the system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

It has everything I need in one software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how there are so many options for documents/attachments/etc. I get confused of knowing what I need to upload and where. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better communication between faculty/staff and parents; organization Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

I love how everything is organized specifically. Profile, grades, courses,etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Having to login after being idle for 5-10 minutes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ease. Great way to quickly get grades and assignments out Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Sycamore education has been a very useful program for teachers throughout my school. It provides useful databases for the inputting data and provides a useful grade book. The grade book was vital for teachers as it was online and could be accessed through any internet connection. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sycamore education was much easier to start implementing than I expected. I thought transitioning to this software would have been more challenging. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Sycamore Education was really useful for teachers throughout my school. I really liked how it allows teachers to send an email to multiple parents all at once. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making the challenging life of a teacher much easier on a daily basis. Teachers really enjoyed how it has a platform for multiple functions including classroom management, data and grade book. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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