Last year, QuickSchools signed up the Cornerstone Christian Academy in Brockport NY, during the 2009 CCEA East Coast Conference that was organized not too far away. Now fast forward 1 year later, we thought we’d visit the school again and get some feedback on how things have come along. We spent an awkward 15 minutes taking some video testimonials from Chris and Joan Johnson, the founders of the school (we discussed other things as well, of course). And after we left, Chris and Joan put together a written testimonial of how they really felt about QuickSchools (which apparently they felt wasn’t really convey in its entirety in the 15 minutes we spent taking video testimonials). And so here it is, unedited and uncensored, a written testimonial from Chris and Joan Johnson from Cornerstone Christian Academy, Brockport NY:
Quickschools.com Remarks, After One Year of Use
We are Chris Johnson, Principal and Joan Johnson, Office Manager, of Cornerstone Christian Academy. We have been using the online, Quickschool System for nearly one year and would like to recommend it to you as well.
We are a small, private school with an enrollment of approximately 55 students. We chose to give Quickschools a try last June, when we were looking for an easier, more user – friendly way to keep our daily attendance records. We needed a method that was affordable, easy to use, reliable and efficient. Over the years, after doing much of our record – keeping in a manually, cumbersome way, we have found Quickschools to be an answer to our search and so much more!
We have found the Quickschools system, in one year’s time, aids us in all aspects of keeping records for our students. There are features to record and view basic family database of enrollment. Teachers can daily take attendance from their classroom. We submit store and view progress reports and report cards throughout the year. Parents are able to view teacher – posted daily homework assignments and access their own child’s records in the teacher grade book, quarterly report cards, and daily attendance. These features and more have all become available to us using the one Quickschools system, for an affordable per pupil rate. We are able to send mass contacts using family email addresses and have a real time event calendar available to any family with an email address as well, keeping everyone aware of the upcoming important dates. If families have an email address they may receive their own password and access to view and print everything that applies to their child. An additional plus to the online system is that any staff member or parent may access their own information securely from any computer. This gives everyone much more flexibility.
We have found that after one year of working with the staff at Quickschools, we have a better alternative to our old established ways, that yes, took some time to learn and get used to, but now has become almost second nature. This was a commitment from the Quickschools staff to us back in September. They promised they would work with us to get us there and they have fulfilled that commitment!
We have had outstanding service from all members of the Quickschool family. From the daily representatives, to the engineers, and the founders themselves, we have been given help around-the-clock during this year. If there was a problem and we needed an answer, if one person didn’t have and answer they would find an answer from another. If no direct answer was available, they would show us alternative ways to meet our goals or accomplish our task at hand.
Even from the very beginning stages they showed a willingness to help us succeed through the entire process of the software learning curve. For both those who had no computer experience and those who were more advanced, the representatives showed friendliness, patience, kindness, and helpfulness that never made anyone feel as if their question was unimportant, even during their own busy schedules. Parents and staff a like, have felt comfortable contacting them via the live chat, with any question and receive immediate service. We personally could not have learned the system as quickly as we did without this feature.
Quickschools is so adaptable to the individual school. We have many unique situations within our enrollment that require unique record – keeping, that other schools might not face. The staff at Quickschools made ways possible for us … not in a haphazard way, but by clear forethought as to how it would work the best for us. If some part of the system would not work for us they were very accommodating and would come up with an alternative that would fit us, or after working with a feature for example our report card template if it needed subtle changes, changes would be made.
An example of this is that in our small school with few staff members who do many jobs, they made a way for one person to do the work of many in the system, saving countless hours of office work. In addition, we have additional progress reports throughout the year that needed to have a different look. This was accommodated as well.
Finally, we appreciate the commitment from QuickSchools to make positive upgrades and launches based on the needs and desires of the schools that they serve. We have seen much evidence of this already in this past year, and look forward to more in the future.
Chris and Joan Johnson
If you’re curious to see how the video testimonial turned out (which I think was pretty good), you can see it on Youtube here: