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Apricot by Social Solutions

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Score 7.3 out of 100
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Score 9.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot is great for use by a nonprofit organization looking to create a database to track all of their clients/projects. Forms can be created that cater specifically to what you need to track. Form creation is very easy. The reporting feature is also great and provides great data for us to use in our grants to seek more funding for future products.
Kelly Moss | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

PowerSchool Special Education is well suited in one specific area: special education in elementary, middle and high schools. It works here due to the nature of the platform, which focuses on meeting the needs of students with all disabilities. The software offers information on specific cases, students, as well as Academics. This supports the mission of supporting all students and making it easier for educators, parents, and administration to be more heavily involved in tracking, monitoring and supporting students. When using PowerSchool Special Education, it simplifies the IEP process. Collaboration is one of the best abilities the software provides. There is a need to track program eligibility, including 501 accommodations and Title 1, and in a school with such a large population, the functionality that this software offers to users is important.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Apricot by Social Solutions

  • Form logic that basically makes it so I can ask certain questions and, depending on the answers, have a variety of options show up on one form. It's helpful when guiding my employees through their tracking
  • Calendar integration and being able to schedule onto the calendars directly from Apricot - this has saved us a lot of time and increased our effectiveness.
  • The variety of options and items I can add to a form to make it do what I need it to do, and give me the information I want. I can make it calculate when needed, add time as necessary, notes, bullet points, dropdown menus, etc. I feel there are very few limits on what can be created.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

  • It provides all the documents necessary for supporting federal and state laws in regards to the special education program.
  • Extremely effective in helping to meet reporting standards for students. Teachers that fall behind on deadlines or timelines are given reminders and provided with processes to monitor progress and reporting.
  • Case management is easy, which leads to 100% compliance. This is important because the best strength is that this platform helps to increase funding by meeting all requirements of the Fed and State.
  • An additional strength is the collaborative potential it offers. The platform offers student portals to let staff access all resources on demand.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apricot by Social Solutions

  • The reporting function could be more interactive once published. Currently, once a report is created and published, you can make minor modifications to see different results and compare data but it could be more user friendly still. An option I would love to see is to create a data dump report that can be published and modified each time the report is run. For example, allowing the option to group and ungroup information in "run" mode for comparison purposes and the option to change filter logic after the report is published but then the ability to start the report clean once the next user opens it.
Kenzie Ruder | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

  • In terms of improvement, the interface is extremely ugly and simple in design, color and icon design. The platform needs to have a much more interactive and appealing interface so that use is more comfortable.
  • For parents, their side of the platform has a lot of options. That needs to be simplified. I think less and more drop downs within the key menus would help.
  • The disability codes are very lengthy. Perhaps there are easier or faster ways to access subsections to select.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 7.6
Based on 6 answers
I went to the Summit a few weeks ago to learn about the future expansion and vision of Social Solutions. I already been with Apricot for 5 years and researched other products I still come back to Apricot and where it can grow with us.
Terri Willis, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Usability

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 6.5
Based on 2 answers
Overall, most of my challenges have been building out the database and that has a lot to do with the fact that we are starting a new program simultaneously and it takes more time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

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Support Rating

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 7.0
Based on 8 answers
This is a difficult question to answer because when I hear the word "support" I think of this in multiple levels. The customer service on the front end, with my account manager is pretty good. There was a time for about a year and a half where I didn't even want to get to know this persons name because they wouldn't be there there long enough for me to get to know them. For the past 8-9 months we've had the same account manager, and this is helpful as a way to grow our trust in Apricot social solutions as well as the account manager understanding the needs of our organization.The technical support is also fine. The issues we most have problems with is how the technical support is calculated and the lack of roll-over of technical support time. If our account has 1 hour of technical support per month, but we don't need any technical support for 4 months, it would be great to have the ability to use those 4 hours (as time allows per the IT calendar) when we need them, even if it falls within one month. We've also had instances of working with IT persons who didn't seem to care at all about our issues, and seemed eager to put our call behind them and get onto the next without much thought as to why we were calling them in the first place. We've also had instances where the IT person didn't seem to really be listening to what it is we needed, and was heck bent on what they THOUGHT we needed rather than listening to what we actually did need. While we also have had experiences of working with IT persons who were absolutely great at working through issues. They were patient and understanding and would explain why a solution (c)would or (c)would not work. We even worked through those options in real time if they were unsure whether a data solution would work or not. That was great because we felt heard.
Tascha Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

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Implementation Rating

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 4.1
Based on 3 answers
There need to be specialists who know how to best work with an organization developing a new program, not just transferring existing forms to a digital format.
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Alternatives Considered

Apricot by Social Solutions

We started with MPOWR by SupplyCore and it was great for us starting out but we quickly outgrew the technology. Our needs in functionality became more advanced than what the system had at that time. It wasn’t a terrible system, it just was not the right fit for our growing and ever-evolving organization.
Trishonda Roberson | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

There is no other software on the market that is specifically focused on improving the support of special education programs. PowerSchool Special Education system has a similar interface and structure that Moodle Rooms offer; however, Moodle Rooms is for content management and student management. PowerSchool Special Education is not related to course curriculum management, it is primarily focused on special education programs. Managing special education programs can be very difficult and stressful. It is impossible to successfully comply and healthily support a special education program without tools such as PowerSchool Special Education. Even more important than what other software does do for schools and educators, this platform makes it more convenient for families. Electronic forms and parent portals make processes easier.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apricot by Social Solutions

  • Faster than our prior platform - employees have more time for other projects
  • User-friendly - employees don't have to constantly be reminded how to use it
  • Search fields - easy to look up participants/families with different last names or who we only have partial information for
Liz Carson | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

  • There is also a positive impact on ROI for the school. Utilizing this software provides the school with the ability to increase the potential it receives in Title 1 funding. Title 1 funding is a major source of funding for inner-city schools in particular.
  • Normally, the IEP and tracking process is lengthy, filled with paper, and often takes more time than necessary. Utilizing this software speeds up the process and provides clear requirements to be met, which reduces the number of questions and confusing meetings or papers left in teacher mailboxes.
  • I have not experienced a negative return on investment with the software, because, without it, the paper trail would be too lengthy and the process would be much more convoluted, with long meetings, long sheets of paperwork, and missed deadlines due to a lack of clear collaboration.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Apricot by Social Solutions

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Apricot by Social Solutions Editions & Modules

Edition
Apricot Essentials$0.00
Apricot$0.00
    Additional Pricing Details
    Pricing for Apricot is driven by individual usage and needs of your nonprofit. Your organization isn't one-size fits all, so neither is our pricing.

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    PowerSchool Unified Classroom Special Programs Editions & Modules

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