Effective July 2010
Thank you for using the GreatSchools, Inc. (“GreatSchools”) API. By using the GreatSchools API, (the “API”), you and the organization listed in your Request for Service (“You”) accept and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions (the “Terms of Service”).
1. GreatSchools API
a. Applying to Become an Approved Licensee
To apply to become an approved licensee, please submit a Request for access to the GreatSchools API (“Request”). You hereby represent and warrant to GreatSchools that all information included in your Request is true, complete and accurate.
b. API Service
The GreatSchools API enables approved licensees to obtain and display local school information from GreatSchools’ API database (“GreatSchools API Service”) on their Websites and mobile applications (“Web and Mobile Use”), subject to the conditions and limitations in these Terms of Service. The API includes an API client library and associated documentation that allows approved licensees to display results from the GreatSchools API (“GS Content”) in accordance with these Terms of Service.
GreatSchools reserves the right to approve on a case-by-case basis uses of the API beyond Web and Mobile Use. If you would like to use the API for a non-Web and Mobile Use, please describe your proposed use in your Request. GreatSchools may amend these Terms of Service by addendum for approved non-Web and Mobile Uses.
GreatSchools reserves the right to release updated versions of the API and to require You to obtain and use the most recent version. GreatSchools may modify the Terms of Service at any time with or without notice, and You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service online at any time at www.greatschools.org/api/registration.page (or any other URL as GreatSchools may decide from time to time). If a modification is unacceptable to You, You may cancel the Service by stopping your use of the Service. If You continue to use the Service, You will be deemed to have accepted the modifications.
2. License GreatSchools API Service
Effective upon GreatSchools’ acceptance of You as an approved licensee pursuant to your Request, and subject to the terms of these Terms of Service (including, without limitation, Section 4 below), GreatSchools will grant You a nontransferable, nonsublicensable, nonexclusive license during the term set forth in a fully executed agreement to: (a) access the API, (b) implement the API on Your Website(s) or Mobile Application specified in your Request (“Website(s) or Mobile Application”), and (c) display GreatSchools API Service on Your Website(s) or Mobile Application for consumers to access such data for their personal use, without charge, and without requiring user to sign in or enter a user name and/or pass code to access the data.
3. Branding License
GreatSchools grants to Licensee a non-exclusive, nontransferable, non sublicensible license, during the term set forth in a fully executed agreement, to access the API, implement the API on your Website(s) or Mobile Application specified in your request and display the API, GreatSchools’ trademarks, logos and other brands provided by GreatSchools (the “GS Brands“) for the purpose of: (i) identifying the GS Content on Your Website(s) or Mobile Application as content provided by GreatSchools, (ii) linking to the GreatSchools.org website from Your Website(s) or Mobile Application, and (iii) including in promotional materials as described in Section 2.1 of the licensing agreement.
In using the GS Brands, You agree that You will not:
4. Acceptable Use; Restrictions.
You agree not to use the API, GreatSchools API Service or GS Brands in any way that is unlawful, or that harms GreatSchools, its service providers, its suppliers, Your users, or any other person or entity. GreatSchools may terminate Your use of the API, GreatSchools API Service or GS Brands if and when GreatSchools determines Your use is inappropriate. The licenses granted to You herein are subject to these Terms of Service, including without limitation the following restrictions:
6. Limited Relationship
The relationship between You and GreatSchools is one of independent contractors. Nothing in these Terms of Service shall be construed as creating an employer-employee relationship, partnership, joint venture, or any relationship other than an independent contractor relationship. You may publicly indicate that You have implemented the GreatSchools API on Your Website(s) or Mobile Application; however, You agree not to make any other public statements that assert or imply any other relationship with GreatSchools without GreatSchools’ prior written consent.
You agree to defend, hold harmless and indemnify GreatSchools, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, suppliers, licensors and partners from and against any and all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys’ fees, of every kind and nature arising from or in any way related to (i) Your or Your users’ use of the API, GreatSchools API Service or GS Brands, (i) violation by You of these Terms of Service or other actions connected to Your use of the Service or API. In such a case, GreatSchools will provide You with written notice of such claim, suit or other action.
8. No Warranty
GREATSCHOOLS PROVIDES THE API, GREATSCHOOLS API SERVICE AND GS BRANDS “AS IS,” “WITH ALL FAULTS” AND “AS AVAILABLE.” THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY AND EFFORT IS WITH YOU.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, GREATSCHOOLS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS, STATUTORY OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION (A) WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, ACCURACY, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, NO ENCUMBRANCES, NO LIENS AND NONINFRINGEMENT, (B) WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS ARISING THROUGH COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE AND (C) WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE ACCESS OR USE.
9. Liability Limitation; Exclusive Remedy
IN NO EVENT WILL GREATSCHOOLS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF, BASED ON, OR RESULTING FROM THESE TERMS OF SERVICE OR YOUR OR YOUR USERS’ USE OF THE API, GREATSCHOOLS API SERVICE, OR GS BRANDS, EVEN IF GREATSCHOOLS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES UNDER THIS PARAGRAPH IS INDEPENDENT OF YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AND SURVIVES IN THE EVENT SUCH REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OR IS OTHERWISE DEEMED UNENFORCEABLE. THESE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY WITHOUT REGARD TO WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM (A) BREACH OF CONTRACT, (B) BREACH OF WARRANTY, (C) NEGLIGENCE OR (D) ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION, TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSION AND LIMITATIONS ARE NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY PART OF THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, OR YOU HAVE ANY DISPUTE OR CLAIM AGAINST GREATSCHOOLS WITH RESPECT TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE OR THE API, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE API, GREATSCHOOLS API SERVICE AND BRAND FEATURES.
10. Intellectual Property
For purposes of these Terms of Service, “Intellectual Property Rights” shall mean any and all rights existing from time to time under patent law, copyright law, moral rights law, trade secret law, trademark law, unfair competition law, publicity rights law, privacy rights law, and any and all other proprietary rights, and any and all applications, renewals, extensions and restorations thereof, now or hereafter in force and effect worldwide. You acknowledge that GreatSchools or its licensors owns all right, title and interest, including without limitation all Intellectual Property Rights, in and to the API and GreatSchools API, and that You shall not acquire any right, title or interest to the API or GreatSchools API or any Intellectual Property Rights therein.
11. Term and Termination
12. Choice of Law; Disputes
These Terms of Service and the relationship between You and GreatSchools shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and GreatSchools agree to submit to exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in San Francisco, California, for any and all disputes, claims and actions arising from or in connection with the API, GreatSchools API Service or these Terms of Service.
You represent that You have the authority to bind the organization (if any) identified in Your Request. You agree not to export to any place any part of the API, GreatSchools API Service and GS Brands provided to You or any direct product thereof except in compliance with, and with all licenses and approvals required under, applicable export laws, rules and regulations. If provided to the U.S. government, the API, GreatSchools API Service and GS Brands are provided with the commercial license rights described herein. If any provision of these Terms of Service is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be replaced with a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of these Terms of Service will continue in effect. The section titles in these Terms of Service are solely for the convenience of the parties and have no legal or contractual significance. GreatSchools may assign these Terms of Service, in whole or in part, at any time with or without notice to You. You may not transfer, assign, sublicense or delegate the Terms of Service or Your API Key to any third party. GreatSchools’ failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. Except as expressly stated herein, these Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between You and GreatSchools with respect to the API and supersede any prior or contemporaneous agreements between You and GreatSchools.
GreatSchools API Branding Requirements
All API users must clearly and conspicuously display the GreatSchools name, logo(s) and link(s) to GreatSchools.org (the “GS Brands”) on any Website(s) or Mobile Application page that displays or uses the GreatSchools API Service, in accordance with the following branding requirements. If you have any questions about the GreatSchools API service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. GreatSchools Logos & Images
GreatSchools will provide logos and related images for attribution purposes. Images are available in web-ready .jpg, .gif, and .png formats. Should you require images of a different file size, type, or resolution, please ask us. We are happy to meet your needs and maintain our branding standards in this way.
II. Attribution and Links
Attribution and links to GreatSchools data must be displayed on the Partner’s Website(s) or Mobile Application according to the specifications below.
Partner Website(s) or Mobile Application pages that contain GreatSchools data or content must cite GreatSchools as the source and link to https://www.greatschools.org. Or, alternatively, the GreatSchools logo must be displayed and it must link to the GreatSchools homepage.
When referencing GreatSchools, keep in mind that ‘GreatSchools’ is the official name of our organization and should always appear as a single, capitalized word. Our website is located at https://www.greatschools.org
Partner may not allow search engines to crawl the links pointing from their website to GreatSchools. Links must include the attribute rel=”no follow”. This rule applies to all links described below.
Correct: <a href=”https://www.greatschools.org” rel=”nofollow”>GreatSchools</a>
Incorrect: <a href=”https://www.greatschools.org”>GreatSchools</a>
When linking to the GreatSchools homepage, avoid non-descriptive anchor text, such as “click here”. Instead, use “GreatSchools” or “school ratings” or “school information” as your anchor text.
Specifying Canonical URLs
Partner agrees that on any pages containing school profile data the page must also include a cross domain canonicalization tag to avoid either party being penalized by search engines for duplicate content. The rel=”canonical” link below shall be added to thesection of all non-canonical versions of each HTML page:
A. School Profiles
Partner will provide text links to School Profile pages on GreatSchools using the school name within the anchor text, for every school name listed on their Website(s) or Mobile Application.
B. Test Scores
Where applicable, Partner will also link to the Test Scores page associated with that school on the GreatSchools website. The words “test scores” must be included in the anchor text.
C. School Reviews
Partner will have access to school reviews GreatSchools has gathered. School reviews are comprised of two parts: 1) an overall star rating for a school (on a scale of 1-5 stars) and 2) written comments that have been submitted to GreatSchools by parents, students, school officials and others. Below are usage, display, and linking guidelines for school reviews.
D. GreatSchools Ratings
The GreatSchools Rating is a 1-10 number (10 is best) that provides a quick overview of a public school’s academic performance. GreatSchools Ratings are based on a comparison of standardized test results for all public schools in the state. Below are usage, display, and linking guidelines for GreatSchools Ratings.
E. School Districts
The GreatSchools website also provides information about public school districts across the country. Below are guidelines for linking to School District pages.
F. City Profiles
The GreatSchools website also contains profiles of 18,000 cities, small towns and areas across the country. Below are guidelines for linking to city profiles.