PowerSchool

PowerSchool Student Information System


4.5 / 5
68 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

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


Average Ratings

68 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
  • Classroom Management
  • Electronic Assignments & Tests
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Progress Reports

PowerSchool Student Information System Reviews Recently Reviewed!


PowerSchool - What I wish I still Had

Dec 05, 2018
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 was a fast, powerful student management system.

The customizations were vast, and when properly trained, performed by indistrict staff. Custom Fields, Custom Reports, Custom Exports, Direct Database Exports and Imports. These are features that should be standard in many Student Information Systems, but unfortunately Not.

PowerSchool also integrates very easily with a number of other applications. There is a built in export / import scheduler. There is an API, and many other features that take much time.

The navigation system is superb, and the "selection" driver for searches and reports allows for vast customization and detail.

We created custom reports for Honor Roll certifications, Perfect Attendance, and a number of very regular activities.

Cons: PowerSchool was behind the ball when it came to State Reports. It didn't keep up often, and many of the reporting fields required duplication in a separate area of the data just to populate. Sometimes a student's demographic record would say one thing, and the report tab would say another. Constant looking at Reporting Release notes was necessary to make sure things were working correctly.

Many support calls were made to make sure state reporting was working appropriately.

Also, not a normal problem, but PowerSchool didn't focus on it's relationships with at least our State well enough. Without good support to the State, and communication, it allowed a 3rd party to swoop in gobble up much of our reason.

I am actually angry, because we don't have PowerSchool anymore.

Overall: PowerSchool is everything I want in a Student Management System. It has all the features you could dream for, and if not for a lack of top quality State Reporting, we should still be happily using it. If it wasn't a decision made over my head (unusual) we would still be using it.

Almost daily I find another integration program that we want to be using, while we do something very painful. Today alone I had to write a custom export conversion to make our current (non-PowerSchool) exports work correctly with our other vendors. In PowerSchool, I could script this by design, with all the featureset imaginable.

PowerSchool isn't necessarily super easy, but it's easier than most.

Need a quick enrollment check? It's on the front screen. Need to see where a kid is, how they are doing, their attendance, it's on the Quick Lookup Screen. Why are they failing? Click the grade and see the gradebook assignments. It's just that easy.

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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
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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.

Using PowerSchool since 2008

Feb 11, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: One of the best reasons to use PowerSchool is that this software is all encompassing for the school district. We use this software for attendance, grades, teacher grade book, reports, state reporting, and even to manage our lunch program and student fees.

PowerSchool keeps parents and students informed. Parents (and students) have real-time access to their student's information which includes but is not limited to attendance, grades, and lunch balances.

Cons: In the "Old" days, Pearson used to download the state reporting updates automatically overnight for us. Now, I have to go to the PowerSource site to get the download and install the updates myself, which is time consuming and causes me to take PowerSchool offline during the work day.

Overall: We love PowerSchool. This software has streamlined our school processes. Having all of our student information so readily available to us is definitely convenient. Some of our schools have even started to email report cards to parents. This has saved so much money in paper and mailing.

Great SIS!

Sep 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Here are the pros I see with PowerSchool as an administrator:

- Easy-to-use for newcomers

- Tons of potential and features

- They really do have incredible customer support. They offer a site where you can make suggestions, and upvote other ideas. They do release those features commonly, too.

- It's a one-stop-shop for almost every SIS need

Cons: Due to some major recent updates with the platform (specifically gradebook becoming web-based, called PowerTeacher Pro), I do not have any major complaints regarding it. I cannot speak to the programming side, but in my role as a troubleshooter for teachers, I find it very easy to use. I have noticed and heard that it doesn't always react/respond well across different OS. Due to the fact that it is web-based, this could be problematic if the internet was down.

Overall: Easy to use, exceptional features, up-to-date, etc... I'm a big fan of PowerSchool as a SIS!

All though the GUI is a little clunky on the students end, the program is very expandable.

Apr 23, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: What's really amazing about this software is how it manages to send hundreds of staff members input (grades, attendance, comments) to thousands of students and parents phones, laptops, tablets ect. seamlessly and easily, with plenty of extra essential features such as scheduling, and sign-ups, and substitute teacher logins, usually withourt any hiccups.

Cons: The android application is absolutely dreadful. Announcements rarely display properly and the menu is just a list of text. The app looks awful and many students report frequent crashing. The iOS app is only a slight improvement over the android version with a better GUI and less crashes. Both apps are missing a refresh feature (pull-down) and have no way of checking that the information displayed is current, often only updating a few minutes after the app is opened, causing the wrong days announcements to be displayed, and some students miss crucial information.

Overall: The ability to see on my phone and computer, up-to-date information send from the school such as grades, announcements and schedule information.

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Power Up your System with Powerschool!

Nov 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Powerschool gives me POWER to manage student information from attendance, schedule, to grades inputting and printing. It has also great features that stores students' contacts, demographics, cumulative grade information, quick lookup of grades, submit log entry, teacher comments and test results. With all of these, teachers have a great tool as a class record. Likewise, parents have access to monitor their students progress in school while administration has reliable, accurate and responsive information system.

Cons: Using PowerSchool Student Information System, teachers like me has enjoyed recording and monitoring students progress over the year. Indeed, PowerSchool gives me power to manage my students' information in a click, anywhere and anytime. Thank you PowerSchool!

Overall: Recording and monitoring of students' grades are easy and quick with PowerSchool.

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
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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.

Best Software to Access Student Records for Parents

Jun 18, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I have a child in the 2nd and 11th grade. I am able to navigate both students information under one account. As a parent, I enjoy using Powerschool to stay up-to-date with my children teachers, classes and grades. I like how I can view every assignment, test, quiz or project; by its name, date and grade without contacting the teacher. Powerschool keep records of attendance, school events, and class schedules; to name a few. I like how the Powerschool software gives my children a sense of accountability. My high schooler cannot state any excuses of not knowing her assignments or grades. Students are provided with their own access to Powerschool which helps them keep up with their own grades.

Cons: The software generates each student with an username and password for the parents and students. The parent are allowed to change their password. Although, my information remains the same, I have had to recreate my account several times throughout the school year...using the same information!

Overall: Informative and efficient in recording all student data.

PowerSchool Review

Mar 21, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: PowerSchool is a great tool for both me and my child. It is easy to navigate and displays perfectly on mobile devices. I can access grades, assignments and GPA quickly and easily. It is a streamlined and modern format, buttons are accessible and the dashboard gives you all necessary information on one screen. The classes button nicely displays each class, grade and assignments associated with that class. I also love the new schedule feature.

Cons: Since this is the first software program we have used related to school information I don't have anything to compare it to. It hasn't presented any challenges for us yet.

Overall: PowerSchool allows me to be up-to-date on my son's assignments and grades on my mobile device. It's ease of use allows me to check whenever needed.

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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.

PowerSchool for everyone

Nov 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: PowerSchool SIS has been around for a long time. The software has eveloved with the needs of the schools and the parents. We have many districts in our state running this SIS and I don't think we could ever change. The SIS is easy to use as a teacher, student, parent, office personnel, and it is easy to support. There are many custom addons and other features PowerSchool can accomodate if not native to the plateform.

Cons: Somtimes we have diffuclut time reaching knowledgable support staff when we have issues.

Lots of good features, but overcomplicated.

Sep 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Powerschool does come with a lot of features that let you integrate most of the tools you need to run a school. Nice interface.

Cons: Lack of integration with spreadsheets (which could make your work easier if you're in a hurry), and not that user friendly. Over complicated processes for lists, etc. I know other school softwares that are way easier to use.

Overall: I used Powerschool for about 2 years when I worked as a teacher. We did not have access to all the tools that Powerschool provides, for it has many features that are not that user friendly. It would take a very extensive training to be able to use Powerschool completely, something us teachers hardly have spare time for. Eventually we changed to Renweb, and it was way easier to work with, and in less time.

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
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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.

Tracking a kids progress

May 28, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Power School helps kept track of a child's attendance, grades and tardiness. It also allows the teacher and Administration to look up the demographics so that they know who the child's guardians are. And it also helps contact the parents encase there is a emergency.

Cons: The only issue I have had with Power School is the customer support at times. And that is usually a State wide issue.

Overall: Power School is one of those things that makes teaching easy. The quick look up toolshelp you in the spare of the moment.

Overall, PowerSchool is a great method for teachers and administrators to maintain academics.

Apr 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The best part about the software is the ability for users to contact both students and parents in a timely manners. It is also much easier to contact groups of students if the need for this arises. Also, the building of and construction of classes is fairly easy to create.

Cons: When moving from student to student and the entering of grades, the saving option and instant updates to the grade structure lag a little. Must go through multiple steps in order to do this.

A great product for any school.

Dec 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: It saves a lot of time and is easy to use. It is very helpful to the Administrators and Teachers with all information for the students. Parents can view all information online for their child only and information from the school. Historical information is great.

Cons: There is nothing that i can think that i like the least at this time.

Overall: I have used PowerSchool since 2003 and love working with it. It has changed over the years and i have found the changes to be improved to our benefit each time.

Good communication tool- When teachers use it

Jun 08, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: Parents can see their students' progress in almost real time. I get notifications whenever a teacher inputs a grade for my child, allowing me to have conversations with them about their learning on a regular basis and without having to wait for progress reports or report cards.

Cons: This does require teachers to input grades on a regular basis, and regrettably, not every teacher does. The software design, while effective, does feel a bit clunky. For example, if I get a notification about a grade change, it takes many. many seconds from my logging in to see that new grade pop up.

Power school upgrades

Jul 16, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: They listened to concerns and came out with updates to fix issues. Our administrators send out upgrade tutorials so we have the cutting edge knowledge. Once you use it regularly it becomes second nature.

Cons: Inability to run reports with specific field of information. Had to rely on administrators to update and create reports that weren't standard. No friendly user manual, used one created by our administrators.

Powerschool has revolutionized grading!

Aug 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Powerschool Pro has all the features I need. I can publish and push grades out to parents. I can hold back formative assessments. I can create groupings. I can scan all of my class sections for proficiency at a button click.

Cons: Powerschool can take a little while to setup. You will need to tutor parents on how to use Powerschool. The reports are amazing, but take time to figure out how to run them properly.

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Standard of SIS

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: The program is easy to use and works across many different platforms and plugins. Overall, works for our school's specific need.

Cons: PowerSchool has been promising that they will have a version of their gradebook that works on chromebooks, which has not been delivered as of yet.

Overall: Works for everything we need. However, since it is so integral, we can't look to new technology (like cloud based computing) because it doesn't work with PS.

Intuitive system

Apr 05, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: All of the reports that can be generated with any given piece of information through the quick export function.

Cons: Not being able to pull emails for our parents to reach out directly from the school.

Overall: PowerSchool has been the SIS system of choice since I was hired in the district 3 years ago as a Secretary. The training provided along with the manual have made it easy to input and export any important data in regards to our students.

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.

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
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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.

Educational User/IT Administrator

Feb 21, 2019
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: The interface is easy to use and understand, it is great for keeping student information in one place, as well as for keeping track of parent/guardian contact information together. They constantly are making improvements to their program.

Cons: The cost is expensive, and if you want the student management system and the class room systems each one is separate cost.

Full of functionality.

Jun 26, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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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

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Does what you need it to do.

Mar 28, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: From a teacher's point of view, it does exactly what I need. It allows me to easily take attendance, and allows my supply teachers to do the same.

Cons: This isn't necessarily a knock on the software, but I wish I had more control over reporting. This is probably something that is locked at the administrative level, and not a developer issue.

Powerful SIS for schools

Apr 03, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: This program has a fabulous integration between school and parent access. Grade books, attendance, behavior, and all other aspects are updated in Real Time. The online registration process has been a tremendous help to our secretarial staff.

Cons: First time users have a learning curve. Many new teachers report that it is not intuitive or user friendly for learning. Seems to have a compatibility issue with Mac OS.

Overall: PowerSchool provides us the tools to communicate with parents in an efficient and reliable way.

School Teacher For grading and attendance

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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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.

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
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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.

I love being up to date on my child's progress.

May 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I can see real time updates on my child's progress. Teachers add assignments and grades daily and I don't have to wait until the next progress or report card to know how my child is doing.

Cons: Only the teachers that don't use it regularly. This is not a software issue though. It's a teacher issue.

Great oversight with older students

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I have no idea how complex the software is to configure and maintain, but as a parent of older students, it's invaluable to me. It gives me the chance to stay on top of what's happening academically so things don't get too out of hand before I ask or do anything .

Cons: It's not a con as much as a wish. The app has the kids' schedules already. It would be great if the class or teacher linked to the teacher website. At the start of the year, I always go through and bookmark everything that comes home, but those links inevitably get lost. Would be great to have them attached to the schedule.

Overall: Can keep up with what's happening with my kids more easily.

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.

Excellent Program and Willing to Make Changes

Jun 26, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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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.

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
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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.

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I use this to access my grades.

May 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that I can see my current and past grades. I also like that I can see my attendances and most information related to my school.

Cons: I cannot find my class ranking anywhere! I also do not know how to find my unweighted GPA. It can also be a pain to log into it.

Powerschool makes grading school work a breeze. Brings functionality to this lengthy process.

Apr 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Some of the pros on this product are its accessibility to teachers, students, and parents/guardians. Makes keeping track of grades easy.

Cons: The only con with this product is sometimes it crashes. If they can fix the performance consistency, then I'll have no issues.

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. :-(

Wonderful

Apr 02, 2019
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: I love the fact that Powerschool is so easy to use. I can toggle in and out and find/enter information with east

Cons: There really isn't anything that I would change about PowerSchool. Many of my complaints were addressed with the last update.

Powerschool for students

Dec 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like that it lets us know any health problems that the student may have. This is something that scares me a bit about subbing, not knowing what health problems they have and knowing what to do.

Cons: I just wished that along with the health information it told us what to do if they were to face a problem that required our help, for example having an asthma attack.

Overall: I've loved using Powerschool.

Grade checking app

May 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love how you can write comments so the parents can read why the student made a certain grade

Cons: I don't like how you can't see your GPA during the semester.

Overall: Overall, I love powerschool because it allows you to be able to communicate with your teacher.

I have been using PowerSchool for well over 10 years! I does just about everything, I love it.

Jul 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's already setup and everyone who uses it is already trained. We will never change to a different system.

Cons: Some things are not easy to do. But once you figure out how to do something it never leaves you.

Overall: It makes my job easier!

Clunky software with poor user interface

Jan 24, 2019
1/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: There is not much to recommend about this software.

Cons: The user interface is outdated and confusing.

Overall: This is from the point of view of a teacher; since we have heavy workloads, we need software that is agile, easy to use, and that makes our work efficient. Just about everything about Powerschool is the opposite. While most software allows you to login with one click (such as Canvas), Powerschool it requires 5 to 7 clicks. Features are difficult to find because of the confusing and non-intuitive user interface. Errors in due dates occur when grades are imported from Canvas. Log entries used to create letters or emails are ridiculously inefficient; after searching for the student and making the entry, the user is inexplicably exited from "log entries" so they must go back into "log entries" and repeat the student search in order to generate the letter. If the letter is longer than the undocumented maximum allowable length, which is fairly short, the software refuses to produce the email without any explanation or error message. These kinds of quirks are common, making Powerschool a frustratingly inefficient use of teachers' time.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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
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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.