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Likelihood to Recommend

SchoolSpeak

Specifically speaking, SchoolSpeak is best used and only really utilized in education. From K-12 it serves a great purpose in terms of parent interaction and direct communication with parents about child performance, attendance, and scores in school. At younger ages, I think it will be even more appropriate for it to be used to create strictly parent platforms for helping them enroll in things they can do at home for their kids, teach their own children, and monitor their own children—especially if they are stay-at-home parents, homeschooling, or the children are not enrolled in school yet. I think a great idea would be creating a parent portal for newborns with daily activities to do from birth through age three, when they may go to pre-school. This is the only additional option I think that SchoolSpeak could serve.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veracross

Veracross is well suited for a school that wishes to have one database that serves all departments. I think a smaller school might struggle with the cost of the system--so perhaps would be better suited to a school with an enrollment over 500 students. Of course, if you have the money to spend, then there are no barriers to using it!
Anne Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

SchoolSpeak

  • One thing it does well is one of the tools it incorporation, volunteer forms. These forms work for parents, teachers, and students. One of the hardest things to do is to get confirmation sign-ups and support. This streamlines the process of organizing events.
  • The gradebook interface is easy to use and understand. In order to take attendance, complete grades and give assignments, SchoolSpeak actually is an easy platform to learn and is smoothly integrated.
  • Archiving of past classes is easy to do and important because schools need to retain records for a long time after students have moved on.
  • The platform lets you organize students and find them quickly by graduation.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veracross

  • Student records.
  • Donor records.
Mikel Seidl | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SchoolSpeak

  • It can definitely have room for improvement in the design and template options. Using a more appealing layout like WIX or WEEBLY offer, but integrating the school speak platform into it would be a wonderful layout and great functionality.
  • I would love to see social media integration. For business courses and media courses, there should be the ability to have social platforms connect directly and load within ShcoolSpeak. Social Media is the newest marketing strategy and it is left out of functionality here.
  • Custom font downloads would make the design much easier and more attractive. The fonts they allow you to use are basic and overly common.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veracross

  • Homework assignments-I wish that you could duplicate assignments for different sections of a class. As it is now, you have to enter it separately.
  • The library feature is difficult for some teachers to manage.
  • The class website isn't as easy to use as some other programs.
Nicole Glover | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SchoolSpeak

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Veracross

Veracross 9.1
Based on 1 answer
We will continue to use Veracross for the simple fact that we have one database across all of the departments in our school. Veracross continues to listen to customer feedback and improve and enhance the system.
Anne Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SchoolSpeak

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Veracross

Veracross 9.6
Based on 3 answers
Veracross support is easy to engage through their support ticket system. They can sometimes take a day or two to respond to some tickets. Throughout the implementation phase of our project, there were times that it took longer, but at that point only our account manager was a part of our ticket instance.
Mikel Seidl | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SchoolSpeak

Moodle Rooms is a free platform but involves the need to be computer savvy. It is easy to use as well as SchoolSpeak. However, SchoolSpeak does have a direct communication platform with parents something that Moodle does not currently offer. This itself is a huge competitive advantage. The comparison then becomes, would you like to do less work but purchase SchoolSpeak, or do more work using multiple platforms but they are free. The SchoolSpeak platform does offer much more for the investment. Longer term and with full school integration, the investment is worth it. If you were to mandate using a platform, it should be SchoolSpeak because there are fewer risks associated with having to coach and education teachers, and less risk of complaints.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veracross

I haven't used something this powerful before and once you understand what it can do, it's pretty neat
Lynelle Ehart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SchoolSpeak

  • Positively speaking, it has a positive ROI. Although expensive, the platform does solve issues that we as educators have in giving parents daily information about their child in school. It is difficult to email all parents or call all parents, but a one-click platform really saves time and is worth the investment.
  • Negatively, there is a cost associated, and therefore, sometimes teachers can be given more work instead of buying a platform like this. Using other free tools could be more time consuming but cheaper.
  • Using School Speak we have seen parent involvement increase.
Christopher Power | TrustRadius Reviewer

Veracross

  • Easily take attendance assuming all students are present
  • Loss of ability to see past report cards
  • Easily see a list of student birthdays
Michelle Kelly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

SchoolSpeak

General

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

Veracross

General

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

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