Online Payments via ACH

We recently released a new feature related to the Online Payment modules on June 6 (with improvements on July 6). Schools in the United States that subscribe to QuickSchools can now collect payments from students and payments via ACH Bank Transfer.

This feature is in BETA: If you would want this enabled for your school, please contact our Support Team.

Configuring the App

To enable this feature, go to the “Settings” page, and enable the setting under the School Fees Tracking” module:

There are separate settings for Credit Card vs. ACH Bank Transfer. And you can decide whether to absorb the transaction fee, or to charge a convenience fee to the payer.

Student Paying Online

Once you’ve connected your account to Stripe, Student make payments directly from their Student Portal:

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Admissions Module Features

Now that summer is here, schools can use this time to increase enrollment by tracking inquiries and applications on QuickSchools

The Applications module in QuickSchools

Here are few key features of the Admissions module has to offer:

Embedded Forms for your website

Allow visitors to your website to submit an inquiry or an application online. Embedded forms are fully customizable to fit your brand. Receive an email notification when a form is submitted. Then follow-up quickly and easily via customizable Email Templates.

Track Conversion from Inquiries to Applications

Easily convert inquiries to applications, and then applications to student enrollment, without having to re-enter any information. Fully digitize your online admissions flow.

Customize / Personalize emails based on Scenario

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QuickSchools Private App on Zapier

In a previous post, we talked about building an App on Zapier, in order to integrate QuickSchools with Zapier. This previous initiative was to allow schools to build their own integration, using the existing API Resources offered by QuickSchools. However, after working with several schools on this, we’ve decided to work on building our own QuickSchools App in Zapier, for schools to use more easily.

Finding the QuickSchools.com App in Zapier (by Invite)

The current QuickSchools app is currently a private app, and can only be accessed by invitation. If you’re interested in this app, please contact our support team for access.

Once you’ve accepted access to the QuickSchools App in Zapier, you will need to enter your API Key, in order to link your QuicKSchools account with Zapier:

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Announcing Orchestra Master Scheduler

After some years of being in Private Beta, QuickSchools is proud to announce that our Master Scheduler is now available as it’s own standalone product called Orchestra. Check out the website at http://www.onlinemasterscheduler.com.

Orchestra Master Scheduler website

Orchestra will maintain the same simplicity and ease-of-use that has been synonymous with the QuickSchools brand. You will find many common elements between the two brands to maintain consistency in the user experience and of course, Orchestra too comes included with our awesome Live Chat support.

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New Release – April 12, 2021

Here are the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

Google Classroom Improvements

  • Map students by email address – See below
  • Search feature for Profiles (Beta)

Email Improvements

  • Introduce Send History when sending Email from Templates – See below
  • Improve performance when emailing attachments from modules (Report Cards, Gradebook, Fee Tracking)
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes related to attachments

Other General Improvements

  • NEW: Attendance Dashboard for Not-Yet-Taken (Beta) – See below
  • Improve how Summary Reports are run for long queries
  • Live Stream now support recurring meetings
  • Search Student by Email Address and Phone Number
  • Ability to Schedule Synchronize with Sync 
  • Ability to disable Chat Box for Online Forms – See below
  • Fileroom App now supports sharing with Students
  • Improve Search on Teachers Lounge (Beta)
  • School Notes for new Self-Enrollment (Beta)
  • Miscellaneous improvements to Announcements
  • Miscellaneous improvements to Master Scheduler
  • Bug fix when managing Live Stream for Teachers
  • Bug fix when a new document is uploaded to the Student record

Mapping Students in Google Classroom

When mapping students in Google Classroom, the system now displays the email address, so that it’s easier to match students. This is particularly useful when students use their own personal Google Accounts for Google Classroom, and thus may have names in a foreign language:

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Assignments Flow

With the release of the new Assignments module (which is an improvement over the previous Homework module), we’ve expanded the flow for handling assignments over the portals in QuickSchools. Here’s a rough summary:

Posting Assignments

Teachers can now post assignments in real-time, or schedule an assignment to be published at a specific date / time in the future. This means that teachers can plan out and configure assignments for the entire academic term, and the system will publish them automatically:

Create Assignments in QuickSchools

When creating an assignment, teachers can specify if the assignment requires a submission, and whether the assignment will be graded. For graded assignments, a column in the Gradebook can be created and linked automatically.

Submitting Assignments

Students can very easily view all upcoming assignments. Assignments can be filtered by subject, and sorted by the column headers:

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Communicating with Students

With 2021 now in full swing, it’s important to understand how teachers can utilize QuickSchools to communicate and engage with students effectively. Here we highlight a few sample scenarios, how teachers can communicate with students.

  • Group Discussion
  • Discussing Assignments
  • Private Messaging
  • Announcements

Group Discussion

The “Class Discussion” feature (part of the “Homework” and “Assignments” modules) is a great way to discuss topics online. Only students enrolled into the class are able to post messages for any given subject:

Post Messages to Students via Class Discussions

As a teacher, you can also post a new discussion thread to multiple subjects at the same time using the “Also post to subjects” box. Simply select one or more subjects from the dropdown:

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SSO via Google SAML

We recently announced that QuickSchools now provides Single Sign-On (SSO) functionality via the SAML protocol. This means that for schools on the Google ecosystem, you can use Google SAML as the Identity Provider (IDP), and have it manage users centrally.

QuickSchools Single Sign-On (SSO) via Google SAML

The SSO functionality is still in Private Beta, but schools can start using it at their own discretion. You will need to have the District (or Group) School feature enabled, in order to use this feature. We are looking for feedback to make the experience better. For more information on the new SSO functionality, you can check out this article:

https://blog.quickschools.com/2020/11/20/single-sign-on-sso-via-saml/

For Google SAML in particular, we’ve written up some quick notes on how to set it up (with screenshots and instructions). You can check it out on our support site here:

https://support.quickschools.com/hc/en-us/articles/360053886052

Please note that to set up Google SAML for your school, you will need a Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) account.

Let us know how it goes!

Student Navigator

There is a little-known beta feature in QuickSchools called the Student Navigator. This widget, which appears when accessing the student record, allows you to easily navigate between students alphabetically, using the Previous and Next button. You can also search for students by student number or student name, and the system filters the records (similar to an auto-complete function). 

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