PowerSchool

PowerSchool Student Information System

4.5 / 5 33 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

K-12 public, charter, independent/private schools and districts


Average Ratings

33 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • PowerSchool
  • www.powerschool.com/
  • Founded 2000
  • United States

About PowerSchool Student Information System

The PowerSchool SIS covers administrative needs, such as scheduling, attendance, reporting, data management, faculty management, emergency/medical and health management, registration, and more. Teachers love our SIS because its easy to use and boasts an industry-leading gradebook, PowerTeacher Pro. Users enjoy a fully web-based SIS that is flexible, configurable, and scalable with real-time updates on any operating system, browser or device.


PowerSchool Student Information System Features

  • Attendance Tracking
  • Class Registration
  • Class Schedule
  • Electronic Assignments & Tests
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Progress Reports

PowerSchool Student Information System Reviews Recently Reviewed!


I use PowerSchool daily at a public high school.

Jan 18, 2018
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that PowerSchool has the ability to search for students in many different ways, ie: last name, first name,. grade level, parent name, street address, etc. It is also convenient that you can look up family members who are also enrolled in the school district.

Cons: It can be very difficult to figure out how to run certain reports, and sometimes the fields that you use in the quick export function are not intuitive. The mobile app is not very user friendly, either.

Great SIS with a lot of versatility

Jan 09, 2018
5/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software can be self hosted or SAS which allows you chose which option is best for your environment. Its is very sophisticated and works well. The support team is very and tend to most issues promptly.

Cons: This is not necessarily avoidable but with this SIS with versatility comes complexity. You wouldn't want to switch to this SIS unless you were comfortable paying for the needed complex, on going and expensive training.

Overall: A very full packed SIS at a reasonable price but with a steep learning curve. We use the SAS model but use to be self hosted.

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I have had a great experience with Powerschool!

Jan 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There are several things that I like about Powerschool. I get nightly emails that notify me of my children's grades. This is helpful to let me know if they have missing assignments. Powerschool also has links to view their lunch accounts, see their standardized test scores, and more. This software is also great because it can help a parent monitor their children's attendance. The software is easy to use and a great asset to our school.

Cons: The thing I like least is that I continue to get the email notifications even when the kids are out on Spring Break and other breaks.

I use this program to track my child's attendance and grades everyday.

Jan 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that I have immediate access to my child's attendance down to the minute. I receive my child's attendance immediately, so that I can call her whenever she's marked absent. Teacher mistakes can be corrected immediately. Additionally, I am able to track her grades and assignments whenever and wherever I'm at. I use this program more than any other program on my phone.

Power School is a very powerful SIS but training is a must

Dec 29, 2017
5/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Power School is a feature rich SIS system. Our school use to use the self hosted system and now is hosted. The cost of hosted is offset by the savings in server maintenance, backup and hardware costs. The tech support is very very good and helpful. The system is well built and can handle any size district.

Cons: The gradebook feature is not well loved by teachers but is still underdevelopment. Also the price of training is very expensive. It also has a steep learning curve.

Overall: A powerful SIS but takes extensive and expensive training.

Most non user-friendly teacher gradebook software I've ever used!

Dec 22, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This software works fairly well for attendance purposes, as long as all students are present. Otherwise I must click on each individual student and choose absence from a drop menu.

Cons: The gradebook feature is archaic. In order to enter grades and assignments, I must first download an older launch every single time.
There is an awkward way to add comments for assignments.
It is very difficult to enter or update a grade on the fly, so usually, I must block out a period of time to do them all at once.

Printing reports or mining data and exporting is difficult. Getting specific information for class lists or reports could be made much more issue friendly. Again, this is something I must do by first launching an older version.
There doesn't seem to be any other function for newer launch other than attendance.
Overall it is very inconvenient to use.

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Very Powerful SIS but with a steep learning curve.

Dec 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Powerschool SIS and the hosted version are very powerful SIS systems. They have extensive reporting capabilities and features including their new Powerteacher Pro in place of gradebook. Teachers can easily enter grades and admin can generate state and locally needed reports. Tech support is very good and it has a large user base which is great for forum help.

Cons: It has a steep learning curve and the training courses are rather pricey. The self hosted feature is cheaper but you run a higher risk of outages.

Overall: A very complex and capable student reporting, grade and information system.

This is so very parent friendly - I love to have the capability to view grades instantaneously

Nov 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is somewhat of a challenge to customize the desired view needed to view for each student. Once I invested some time to learn the customization, it was really not too bad to created the desired views.

Online Testing Leads to Disaster

Nov 07, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: PowerSchool is OK as a grading interface and for finding student information. It's helpful that it catches mistakes like awarding 900 points instead of 90 on a 100 point assignment.

Cons: Attempting to use the PowerSchool online testing feature was a total disaster. I could not retrieve the grades after the assessment was taken by my students. I spoke to tech support, but no solution was found. A month passed and I had to exempt all students from a major test in my class at the end of the term.

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Student-based SIS, great usability, easy to learn, rigid yet pliable, modifiable.

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: PowerSchool SIS is a great student-based SIS. It is easy to use, and easy to modify to what you need it to be. I like that we are able to modify and customize pages, it has made it easy for us to streamline the product to use for re-enrollment, pre-registration, and keeping up-to-date on student information. It has allowed us to bridge the gap between when PowerSchool did not yet have partner products and today where it has plenty of partners and other tools available, however, due to the customization we are able to do without many of the paid additions.

I like that the software was also, easily learnable. I took over the role as PS Admin from a true tech genius, and was able to learn the software within a year, and make it my own within two while also teaching and working IT. I only had to consult a small handful of times for issues that even left them scratching their head, which is very reassuring.

Cons: While PowerSchool SIS is a great system, there are some areas that could use some help. There are plenty of times and locations where you will see the message "Cannot be undone." or "Submit only if you know what you are doing and it is absolutely necessary" or something to that effect, however, there are other areas where it is just as dangerous and nonreversible that lack any warning. We had a user delete three years worth of student grade records by hitting the return key in USM rather than hitting the button to modify. It went with the delete command, which is right next to modify (I would personally prefer them on opposite sides of the screen where I cannot personally mess that one up), but it also deleted without the checkbox to verify the delete command being checked.

I also hate that as the scheduler (I do it all), I have to schedule twice essentially due to co-teaching, once to build the framework with the lead teacher in PowerScheduler, and again on the live-side to add co-teachers.

Additionally, since this is a student-based SIS, there are some limitations for parents and families. There are a lot of times that we need to manually move data with families, the parent account setup, at least according to the parents, could be easier.

I'm an end user, but it is simple to use from my perspective.

Oct 03, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love the ability to check in on my child's school progress. I am able to login easily and review grades.

Cons: I haven't encountered any hiccups thus far. The only negative would be adding multiple students. It isn't very intuitive.

A One Stop Shop for Student Information

Sep 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This program offers access to all the information I could want about my students, all in one place with an easy to use interface.

Cons: This software sometimes has problems importing grades and other data into its system. Although, it can be done, it sometimes feels clunky how it is done.

Very easy to keep track of all student data. Syncs with other Ed software programs.

Jul 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the search features and reporting capabilities best. Reports can be exported to a excel for further data manipulation. I use PowerSchool daily. I could not imagine my job without it. I can manage student and staff infomation remotely. This syncs with student registration and discipline softwares. PowerSchool has been the foundation for my school district for almost twenty years. Updates and support are timely and easy to facilitate. You can't go wrong with PowerSchool.

Cons: PowerSchool is a web based application. When internet access goes down so does PowerSchool. That is the only issue I ever have. Which is really not a PowerSchool issue at all, especially since the ability to log on from anywhere is a huge plus.

Overall: Remote access, timely updates, easy to use, excellent reporting capabilities.

PowerSchool works well for our schools and is used a lot in different educations organizations.

Jul 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software is easy to use and learn without being taught. Overtime, you can learn the shortcuts and that helps a lot.

Cons: I do not like that it logs us off so quickly if it is not being used but we can probably set the time to a longer stretch, but for security reasons, we don't.

Overall: Easy to find most student information in just one software.

Our school district uses PowerSchool. It is a wonderful program.

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like the levels of use. For teachers, they can track attendance, lunch accounts, grades, and parent information. At the school and district, you can track data trends and share information among multiple programs. As a parent, I love the information I can track on my children.

School Teacher For grading and attendance

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Quick and easy to use, can create presets for assignments so you can quickly create assignments. And ability to copy assignments to other classes or create copies saves so much time.

Cons: gradebook setup can be confusing at first, because there is so much functionality with it. Once you understand the choices it is not hard though.

Excellent Program and Willing to Make Changes

Jun 26, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Having easy access to all grades and assignments and being able to access it on my phone when grading anywhere.

Cons: Switching to online changed some of the screen sizes and took away assignment averages feature. Thankfully they have begun fixing much of that.

Overall: Ease of access as well as connection to parents.

PowerSchool is easy to use and I've never had any problems with it. Very easy to navigate.

Jun 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: It is set up easily for teachers to work. You can look back to any dates to check anything about students.

I like having the ability to take roll and have access to student's information in one spot.

Jun 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I think it is great and I have no issues with this product. I like having all of the options at one place.

Cons: The app doesn't work for android. We have the app for iPhone but it would be nice to have that option for Android also

Technology educator/tech director for 10 years

Jun 26, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The number of functions and capabilities is head and shoulders above others. The ability to migrate information to and from other applications.

Cons: Cost has risen to the point where our district is considering other alternate options. I'm not happy with this idea. :-(

Full of functionality.

Jun 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Tons of features, love that everything is stored in one location. Like the ability to create and save SQl4 reports.

Cons: Sometimes clunky with many screens to navigate. Wish I could have a favorite button for most commonly used features instead of navigating to them each time.

Overall: Storing all school and student information, schedules, grades, student information, contact information, reports, district data

As a teacher, PowerSchool is very easy to use.

Jun 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy, loads quickly, parents are connected and stay connected instantly. I appreciate that parents can pay online and see grades quickly. Looking forward to the upgrade happening for us this summer!

Overall: Ease, quick parent communication

Overall we are very pleased with PowerSchool and have been for the past 9 years. It is great.

May 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that it works on a daily basis without a hitch. If it does go down we usually just reboot and all is good to go. I also like that they continually do updates and work with outside partners with add ons such as online registration.

Cons: In the past when we did an update, we always had to call tech support because we would have some small issue. The last two updates have went well.

Decent Product, bad support

Mar 12, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is easy for teachers to learn.

Cons: Customer support is terrible. There are many glitches in the system, and the support staff for billing is ridiculous. They raise the fees each year, despite having terrible customer support. We are opening another school and the sales rep was contacted over a week ago, and has still not responded to our request for information.

Overall: We have used power school at our school for the last 3 years. The product is a good product, but there have been numerous glitches and the support staff has not been very supportive. They raise the cost each year, despite the fact that their customer service is either unresponsive or not helpful.

Recommendations to other buyers: Fees for this product go up each year. I requested a discount for a multi year deal, and the discount ended up costing more than the original quote! This is not how to run a business.

Powerschool: Great for Families and Students

Feb 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It is easy to use and secure.

Cons: It can be a bit slow.

Overall: As a student, I have used Powerschool during the entire time that I have been in school. This has included for grades, registration for classes, and transcripts. Accessing all of these have been easy, especially for quick checks on my phone before class.

PS Review of Software

Feb 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Organization can get messy.

Overall: We use PS as the main database for our school district. It helps with scheduling, grades, and attendance. Nice Tool.

Recommendations to other buyers: None

Perfect Student Information System

Feb 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like their wonderful customer service and that they they are adding new features and services.

Cons: Navigating the system is not always very intuitive for administrators.

Overall: We have used PowerSchool for 10 years and have no plans to switch. The user interface can be a little daunting at first and its organization (at least for administrators) may not always seem logical. There is definitely a learning curve. On the other hand, if you have a question, support is always eager to help and show you the way with almost no wait times.
PowerSchool keeps improving and are constantly adding features, which makes it attractive.

It's okay once you get used to it

Feb 01, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I love the simplicity from the teacher view. It has everything you need to input grades.

Cons: Tech support is difficult to contact, there are often errors that say "see your administrator". Gradebook entries and attendance are located in 2 different places, which is often a point of confusion for new staff.

Overall: PowerSchool SIS does what we need it to do -- it holds all our students grades and attendance. From the teacher end, it is pretty straightforward. However, it has some confusing parts to it from the administration's end.

Student portal

Jan 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: easy to figure out

Cons: No notification option for updates.

Overall: Easy to use very simple layout, even better when teachers update it which is not the frequent. Would be nice if there was an automatic update notification.

Recommendations to other buyers: NA

Powerschool is a must!

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Love that Powerschool can track both my students with the same login. It is a fantastic communication tool for the school to keep parents and students informed. My student checks it all the time to see upcoming assignments and where he stands on his semester grades.

Cons: No cons-love this product.

Overall: As a parent, I love Powerschool. Powerschool lets me see where my high school students stands on his grades at any given moment. I can get in depth information about what makes up his grade and can also see comments from his teachers. Powerschool keeps track of attendance and also lets me update my contact information if my email or cell phone number changes. Truly a wonderful product for any school.

Not so great

Dec 08, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: Content needs more orginized

Overall: Not that great of a setup. Fairly easy but it could use some updating on the look and the organization of content.

PowerSchool Student Information System

Nov 17, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Power school is a great resource for helping me stay informed and on top of my kids school work. it also gives simple access to grades, assignments and due dates.

PowerSchool is PowerFUL!

Nov 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: For the past fifteen years, our school system has used PowerSchool as our Student Information System (SIS). We are constantly amazed by the functionality of PowerSchool. We could learn something new every day, and we would still have more to learn! If there is something we need to figure out, PowerSchool has a solution.