The Education Edge: School Administration Software

  • overview
  • components
  • pricing
 

Overview

Join the ranks of over 3,000 independent schools who rely on Blackbaud and their 30 years of experience serving schools. We have over 100 employees who work directly with our School Administration Software for independent schools and we draw our inspiration from Mark Van Doren who said "The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." We are honored to assist in that discovery by providing tools that allow you to easily organize, track and share information throughout the school.

The Education Edge on its own is an excellent tool that facilitates admissions, re-enrollment, communication, reporting, and student billing. When you combine The Education Edge with The Raiser's Edge, The Financial Edge, Online Campus Community, and Online Admissions & Re-Enrollment, your school will have a total software solution that is seamlessly integrated. A fully integrated approach champions accuracy and efficiency while respecting the time of teachers, administrators, parents, and students.

 
 

Components

Admissions Office

  • Track detailed applicant information, such as demographics and relationships, without having to re-key data for sibling applicants
  • Present a professional image by ensuring that team members involved in communicating with prospects and their parents are kept informed of activities
  • Compile financial aid information, including contribution and qualification amounts, in one central location
  • Provide prospective students the ability to inquire about your school online and add the information into Admissions Office with NetInquiry

Registrar's Office

  • Significantly reduce time spent creating complex class schedules with sophisticated scheduling algorithms with considerations for: teacher availability and qualifications, class size limits, room types and size, course rules, and gender balancing
  • Easily create report cards and transcripts that reflect your school’s style
  • Track medical information, multi-family relationships, and multiple addresses/contact methods
  • Streamline attendance-tracking (eliminating “class runners”)
  • Deliver high-quality service
  • Create GPAs and class ranks according to your school’s (or district’s/state’s) policies
  • Simplify producing school directories and specialized lists with easy-to-use query and reporting tools
  • Present student achievements to colleges in a professional manner
  • Manage disciplinary action and letters to parents
  • Support large schools and geographically-divided campuses
  • House information for multi-campus schools within one database
  • Manage scheduling rules for multiple schools on your campus and create schedules for block periods, multi-day cycles, rotating classes, and more

Faculty Access for the Web

  • An online solution, so teachers can input from home as well as from school
  • Enter assignments for multiple classes simultaneously
  • Enter attendance using a seating chart with an option to use the "all present" button
  • Enter grades with with easy highlighted rows to be sure the correct grade goes into the correct record
  • Have visibility to what students and parents see on NetClassroom
  • View detailed progress and missing assignment reports
  • Set-up performance alerts

NetClassroom

NetClassroom allows students to view daily assignments and grades from a secure website. Parents can send email to their student’s teachers directly from NetClassroom and update their address online. A customizable message appearing on NetClassroom’s opening screen alerts parents to important news or events at your school.

Security: Information is kept secure because parents enter NetClassroom using a unique password that restricts access to only their student’s record. Further, powerful administrative tools built into NetClassroom allow you to control exactly which data and features parents can access. For example, you may restrict viewing to include only final grade information, or you might disable conduct information if it isn’t always kept up to date.

Student Billing

  • Choose from unlimited payment plan options
  • School store component available
  • Accommodate payment plans and financial aid for each family
  • Support tuition refund plans
  • Import data from four leading tuition billing services
  • Use open-item or balance-forward accounting
  • Track advance deposits and enrollment fees
  • Base finance charges on the aging of individual charges, overall past due balance, or outstanding balance of loan
  • Exempt students from late charges when hardship or other special circumstances occur
  • Send receivables directly into your General Ledger, the core component of The Financial Edge
  • You can also manage statements and correspondence
  • Choose from a variety of statement formats that can include your logo
  • Include miscellaneous charges (bookstore, dining hall, etc.)
  • Include all the children in one family on one bill, or print a separate bill for each child
  • Process statements for all parents at one time or for a specific group of parents
  • Provide parents with recap statements for any range of dates, and reprint copies of original statements
  • Merge data seamlessly with word processing documents for correspondence
  • Automatically identify accounts meeting past due criteria and print dunning letters
 
 

Pricing

To learn more about flexible pricing plans for The Education Edge, please contact us or chat with a live representative.

 

The Education Edge at a Glance:

Admissions Office

The student’s journey to discovery begins here. Rely on our tools to make the process easy, accurate and efficient!  Easily identify your best prospects, how many open seats you have, and the next steps to move applicants through the process.  Our reporting and dashboards will put the information you need at your fingertips.

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Registrar's Office

We manage everything your school needs from class schedules to transcripts and everything in between.  All official biographical data is current and integrated with other school offices. Our close partnership and observation of schools inspired the creation of tools that make school office life easier and better. Tools like Automated Scheduler, Report Card Writer, Dashboard Reporting track things like conduct, attendance, and test-score analysis.

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Faculty Access for the Web

Before developing this solution, we observed and surveyed hundreds of faculty, advisors and administrators to understand what would really make their job easier. The end result is a user-friendly portal that is available 24/7 with internet access. Use Faculty Access for the Web to input grades for assignments, quizzes & tests. Create visual seating charts and when all students are present, just press “all present”. You can enter assignments for multiple classes at one time. Tools like these make class administration easy.

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NetClassroom

NetClassroom allows your school to easily share student information between administrators, teachers and parents. It enables parents and students to check their child’s grades, attendance, conduct, and schedule, as well as print report cards and transcripts — all conveniently from home or the office.  Billing statement, online course request, and assignment dropbox are some of the other tools we provide.  Functionality is high, but the  school determines the type of information made available publicly.

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Student Billing

With Student Billing, you can easily manage charges, payments, and deposits.

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Online Express Bill Pay

Simplify billing, improve processes, and put a smile on everyones face by making bill payment easier with Online Express Bill Pay.

Online Express Bill Pay is an intuitive, user-friendly tool that allows your school to accept payments on its NetClassroom™ website and integrate them directly with Student Billing™. Learn More >

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