K-12 Independent Schools Automate Processes and Improve Communication with Parents Using Blackbaud for Small Schools

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Web-based solution streamlines operations and eases IT burden so schools can focus on education

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Blackbaud provides the tools that help independent schools reach their constituents and students in new ways, and because Blackbaud for Small Schools is web-based, all that is needed is an Internet connection to quickly and easily get up and running

Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB), today announced that St. James Episcopal School and the Meredith Dunn School are among the many small independent schools that have implemented Blackbaud for Small Schools™ to manage student data and simplify processes. Blackbaud for Small Schools combines only the Blackbaud technology solutions a small independent school needs, helping them focus on their missions by efficiently managing student information and keeping track of critical student data with a hosted technology solution.

“Blackbaud provides the tools that help independent schools reach their constituents and students in new ways, and because Blackbaud for Small Schools is web-based, all that is needed is an Internet connection to quickly and easily get up and running,” said John Linton, Blackbaud’s manager of independent school solutions. “Created specifically for small independent schools, Blackbaud for Small Schools also provides flexible reporting and online portals for faculty, students and parents.”

Founded in 1954, St. James Episcopal School is an independent parish day school in the Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach, Fla. communities. Serving 170 boys and girls from preschool through eighth grade, St. James Episcopal School provides every student with the opportunity to achieve excellence in a caring, Christian environment. For over 50 years, the school has built its reputation as a center of sound learning, discovery and the pursuit of knowledge, and needed a way to strengthen its technology focus. Teachers and staff were looking for a way to automate procedures and easily communicate with parents.

“Technology was our weakest link and Blackbaud changed that by bringing us into the 21st century. Our jobs are easier and parents are seeing us in a better light,” said Patricia Holtzendorf, St. James Episcopal School’s media, technology, and information manager. “Not only are we more technologically savvy, but Blackbaud has one of the most incredible customer service teams I’ve ever worked with. I had a lot of questions, and they are so helpful and patient.”

Blackbaud for Small Schools is a student information system that helps reduce the amount of staff time necessary to manage details and enables them to work quickly, accurately, and efficiently. It includes the applications small schools need most: Registrar’s Office™ for student information management, Student Billing™ for billing flexibility, Faculty Access for the Web™ for grade input, attendance, and organization, plus NetClassroom™ for student and parent web access. Blackbaud for Small Schools offers small independent schools:    

  •     Online portals for faculty, students and parents
  •     Flexible reporting
  •     A single source for storing all student information
  •     A hosted environment, removing local IT issues and ensuring data is secure
  •     A solution that will be up and running in 45 days guaranteed

Another school that recently implemented Blackbaud for Small Schools is Meredith-Dunn School. Located in Louisville, Ky., Meredith-Dunn School serves students in first through eighth grades who have been identified as having specific learning disabilities and other learning differences. The school needed a way to track information on its 200 students and their families.

“We were writing everything on pieces of paper, and that just isn’t safe,” said Kyle Pierce, Meredith-Dunn School’s director of marketing. “Within two days, we were using Blackbaud for Small Schools and it was like we had been using it for years. We were so happy with how quickly we could capture everything about students including activities they are involved in, learning differences, and contact information—and we know our data was safe.”

Blackbaud has partnered with more than 2,500 independent private schools worldwide by providing solutions that help them meet their unique institutional goals. Blackbaud solutions for independent schools include Education Edge™, a total school solution, Online Campus Community™ for website management, Blackbaud for Small Schools™, for student data management, The Raiser’s Edge® for building donor relationships, and The Financial Edge™, a nonprofit accounting solution.

Register for a free web seminar to learn how having one solution for all student information helps schools generate reports, communicate with families and gives teachers the tools needed to help students succeed.

For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com/smallschools.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud is the leading global provider of software and services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, enabling them to improve operational efficiency, build strong relationships, and raise more money to support their missions. Approximately 22,000 organizations — including University of Arizona Foundation, American Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, The Taft School, Lincoln Center, In Touch Ministries, Tulsa Community Foundation, Ursinus College, Earthjustice, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the WGBH Educational Foundation — use one or more Blackbaud products and services for fundraising, constituent relationship management, financial management, website management, direct marketing, education administration, ticketing, business intelligence, prospect research, consulting, and analytics. Since 1981, Blackbaud’s sole focus and expertise has been partnering with nonprofits and providing them the solutions they need to make a difference in their local communities and worldwide. Headquartered in the United States, Blackbaud also has operations in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com.

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Melissa Dodge                        
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