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About PowerSchool

School management system that speeds up the processes of students' registration, skill check, analysis, compliance and payment.


PowerSchool Features

  • Attendance Tracking
  • Classroom Management
  • Communication Management
  • Curriculum Management
  • Enrollment Management
  • Financial Management
  • Parent Portal
  • Progress Reports
  • Skill Testing
  • Student Information / Records

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Indispensable tool tracks all school info in one place.

Sep 19, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I love being able to see everything I need to know about grades, assignments, attendance, and school news in one place - and being able to switch between my children and see info for both, even though they attend different schools. I use this app every day!

Cons: It can be a little tricky to navigate student grades because there are so many options (semester grades vs. current grading period, etc.) If you have more than one student, the app has switched between them when not in use, so pay attention to which child you're looking at when you first turn on the app! One of my daughters freaked right out when I told her that she had a C in English...when I was actually looking at her sister's grades by mistake.

Overall: Keeping up with important school information can be an overwhelming chore - but PowerSchool makes it so much easier. In addition to being available online, the app makes it possible to see what's going on with your child at any time. You will likely be notified by your child's school if PowerSchool is available to you; signing up with your school district's individual code might be a little bit of a pain, but once you're in, you're all set.

In the Dashboard area of the mobile app, you'll find all of the following:

- GPA

- Class Overview: grades for each class, with the option to see individual assignment grades

- Assignments Due: homework or in-school assignments, in case your student needs reminders!

- Assignment Status: see missing, incomplete, and late assignments

- Attendance: absences and their status - excused or unexcused

- School Bulletin: information about clubs, activities, school news, etc.

- Meal Balance

- Fees

At the bottom of the app are options to see Classes (your student's entire schedule at a glance), Calendar, and Account (change notifications and student profiles), as well as a school info and help section.

I have two children in two different schools and can easily switch between them by tapping an icon in the upper right corner of the app. I love how easy it is to keep up with both kids in one app.

PowerSchool has become one of my indispensable tools, and I'd recommend it to every parent who has this option.

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I used this software in middle school and starting sophomore year in high school.

Jun 29, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: My favorite function in this software is that you can submit assignments through this and it will send you an email update that lets you know that it was turned in. This is helpful because sometimes teachers don't notice that something was turned in and will count it late and this way students have a way to back up their claim that it isn't late. I also really like that teachers can do things like vocab tests and simple multiple choice tests that self-grade and auto-input the grades because it's less work for both the teacher and the student and it's a fast turnaround. The third thing that I like about this software is that you can look at the calendar on the landing page and immediately see which assignments are more urgent (in terms of due dates). This makes our lives a lot easier because that way we don't have to write all the dates down for the assignments we have yet to complete.

Cons: The software will sometimes crash and give us a picture of a cat with a ball of yarn and say that it's just tangled up, which gets frustrating because a lot of people my age obsessively check their grades and remind themselves of assignments, and we get very fidgety and stressed out if we can't see the grades because of all the things that could be being updated but that we just aren't able to see. Also, as far as my school's use of this software goes, we can't test to see what our grade would be if we get a certain grade on another assignment that the teacher has assigned point values to already. This is a function available in some other softwares in this category so students get frustrated that it's possible but the school makes it so we have to use outside resources to figure it out, or just our general math knowledge, when it could be much easier.

Overall: I think this was a significant upgrade from the software my school used to use for grading, although that software did have the grade calculation function that we wished PowerSchool had. The best thing about now using PowerSchool is that it doesn't crash as easily and it's easier to see grades at a glance. Additionally, teachers can make announcements and that function has been really helpful for my school as a whole.

Easy transition

Nov 29, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I LOVED the videos that trained me in every step as I was in charge of the transition to PowerSchool for our school. I worked with our contact from PowerSchool who walked me through the data set up and transfer of our students information. Working with her was very helpful, but for the fine tuning I returned over and over to the videos to reinforce knowledge of the program. I loved turning around and training the schools staff in the use of PowerSchool by being able to tell them specifically which videos applied to them so they were brought up to speed very quickly, then if they had the desire they could go on to learn more. Each teacher was able to do the minimum required by our board and many of the younger teachers delved in even further for a more robust experience.

Cons: The process of beginning our school on PowerSchool was a bit difficult because the consultant assigned to my school seemed to make assumptions maybe based on other schools she had worked with? This was done without my input which resulted in my needing to go in and hand make some changes int eh initial data transfer which took a large amount of time.

Overall: My school loves using PowerSchool. It is so versatile. Every level teacher can use the program. My work is in the office and I managed the program by inputting the students, setting up the classes and did the rollover each year. I enjoyed learning every part of the program. It was a rewarding challenge. It was a pleasure to introduce the staff to PowerSchool.

PowerSchool empowers my classroom set-up and records.

Sep 12, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: This software makes my work as a teacher easier. I am very pleased when it was introduced by our school, Somerton Middle School because I don't need to worry where to save the academic records of my students. I like its auto-calculate features with the corresponding letter grade. One thing more, I can easily organize the sitting arrangement of my students. PowerSchool is really a kind of software that every school should have, it combines all of the features I am looking for a perfect user-friendly interface needed by a teacher.

Cons: I can manipulate all the records of students and I can add as many activities I want, so I must say this software is excellent. I don't need to worry about my school records.

Overall: As a teacher, it is important that all academic records of students are updated. Basically, PowerSchool organizes my school records well and students can check their performance anytime and anywhere. With PowerSchool, I can say that I am a powerful teacher armed with the right technology.

PowerSchool organizes my school records and it empowers me as a teacher

Sep 25, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I was given the chance to explore this software when I started teaching at Somerton Middle School. This software helped me to appreciate the importance of technology in keeping the important records of my students - their grades. The PowerSchool is a superb and amazing software because students were able to access their academic standings from time to time. I like also its feature in which seating arrangements can be changed from time to time. With this powerful software, I could definitely say that my school records are very organized and the students were able to know their classroom performance from time to time. Different reports can also be generated in which it helps me to provide hard copy of students reports instantly.

Cons: At this point, when I explored all of its features, I like all of them. PowerSchool really empowers me as a teacher and everything I need in an online software for the teacher is in PowerSchool. The menus are user-friendly and I can easily navigate and switch from one task to another. Over-all, it has no features that I don't like.

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Very easy to use program

Jun 11, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I like that PowerSchool is so easy to understand and use. I am on PowerSchool daily to complete IEPs, to contact parents, or to check attendance of my students. It's easy to click the area you need and find your information. PowerSchool also gives me the capability to run reports on students so I can check for behavior referrals, print classroom rosters, and more. I can also submit my hearing screening results easily and it makes a great place to house all of the hearing information for my students.

Cons: The system logs me out after a short period of inactivity. I wish it would allow me to stay logged in longer, but perhaps this is a setting on my corporation's end and not PowerSchool itself. I really have no complaints about PowerSchool, so writing cons is difficult. It's a great, easy to use program.

Overall: It makes looking up birth dates, parent/guardian names, addresses, phone numbers, attendance, etc. very simple and easy.

PowerSchool Works For Me!

Nov 28, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: Taking attendance is a cinch with PowerSchool, butI really appreciate that I can look deeper into my students' school performance with the click of a button or two. Although I am their science teacher, I have easy access to all of their grades, including missing assignments and directions for completing them. It has made proving specific support to individual students more meaningful and helpful.

Cons: I don't like that I can't print class lists without also printing extraneous information, such as text boxes that appear for attendance taking purposes.

Overall: My overall experience with PowerSchool is definitely a positive one. My students know that I will sometimes use the "random seat generator" function to mix up our class seating and they also know that parent contact information is just a click away for me, which keeps them more accountable for their actions in class.

Great option for districts!

Sep 27, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: PowerSchool is a phenomenal option for managing student data. Here are the pros I see with the software:

- easy-to-use for newcomers

- tons of features and layers of data management

- great customer support and help videos. They even offer a site where you can make suggestions and upvote ideas that could be released in future updates.

- updated, web-based gradebook platform

- really just a great one-stop-shop for almost all of your SIS needs

Cons: They have gone through some major updates, which thew some people for a loop, but I think they were needed and necessary. I do not have any major complaints really.

Overall: Great to use, countless features, up-to-date, etc. I highly recommend it!

As a classroom teacher, this program helped me better manage classes and enter grades easily

Jun 21, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: The program is easy to use from a teacher's perspective. I was able to quickly take attendance with quick buttons that let me enter all present, grading was simple, and I could set up my gradebooks into the percentages I wanted. I also had a number of reports available to me.

Cons: Sometimes, logging in was a struggle and could be difficult when our district had similar deadlines for entry. Also, when entering grades, at times the program would slip into a previous quarter and I had to be mindful to change grade entry dates. Other than that, I loved using this program.

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Excellent for grading/attendance, and reporting

Jun 16, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: The versatility. It provides many needed reports, such as attendance, honor rolls, and even connects to Cognos reporting. Report cards are easily printed.

Cons: I have found that the fields we see for student information are quite limited. Our system talks to our SIS, so it may be an issue there, but perhaps there's a way to customize your SIS fields to make it more expansive that I just don't know of yet...

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PowerSchool

Nov 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: PowerSchool has all the tools a teacher would need for grading and managing student data in one location.

Cons: Updated pro version adds a nice new UI and features but the reports can be confusing to pull the correct one.

Overall: Overall PowerSchool has been a main tool in my effectiveness as a teacher and I could not see myself using anything else.

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Keep track of your Students Progress.

Jun 12, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Immediate updates

Communicate with the Teachers

Grade and Attendance Status

A daily Progress Report.

I like checking into Powerschool to keep an eye on my 5th and 10th grader. (The 10th grader mostly, he is in the crunch to College) It let's, you check their attendance, email their teachers and check the G.P.A. All without waiting to find out during parent-teachers conferences. That way, you can nip any problems in the bud and I am proud to say I have a straight A child because of this.

Cons: None. And I forgot to mention, you can make payments online to the student lunch account, pay for yearbooks or uniforms.

Overall: Parental Satisfaction.

Best Online Gradebook I've Used

Nov 28, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: The ease of use is the programs best asset. You simply title your assignment and assign the points. Class rosters and grades are just a click away. By far the best grade book software I've used as an educator.

Cons: There is very little not to like. There are a few little quirks that your need to figure out through training or practice but all in all, great product.

Overall: I loved the software. The best online grade book I've used as an educator.

Beneficial product

Aug 05, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: My school has been using this program for several years. It is a convenient tool to have, as I like that I'm able to access my students' contact information, grading history, schedules, and other details related to each student's profile.

Cons: Since I work at multiple schools, it's problematic that I am only permitted access to one school's information, so I require someone else to access the information I require at alternate locations.

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Parents View

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I love that I can see my son's school progress and if he's in class or not. It also lets me know if assignments are missing, wow! I can also track if I need to update funds for his meal plan or other school bills.

Cons: I wish it would allow you to send messages to the teachers or scan documents that the school needed.

Overall: Love it, makes tracking my children's school experience much easier.

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Our School Switched and the App Rocks

Nov 25, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I love the fact that it has push notifications as grades are entered. As teachers are entering grades the parents get a push notification. You can see at any given moment how your student is doing. Also, from the teacher side they make it as easy as possible to enter grades. The site is always up and responsive.

Cons: I'm sure it cost the district a pretty penny but it is good software. It can be a little confusing fir first time aprents when adding a new child to the software. Once you get past the on boarding and encorouge app usage it is good.

Overall: It is great to keep parents engaged.

I use this to check on my grades for school.

Jun 26, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I like the most about this software that I can see my grades for each class I have as well as my absences. It also contains my GPA.

Cons: The one thing I would change about this is being able to find my class ranking. I could not find it anywhere.

Powerschool

Sep 25, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: Easy to keep up to date with students assignments and grades

Cons: If the teacher does not put the grades in the system in a timely manner, scores are not accurate

Overall: Great way to keep up with your children's school grades

Use the software to follow my son at school

Jun 04, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Very easy to use. Able to login from anywhere and view my child's daily progress in all of his classes.

Cons: Lack of accountability. Teachers are not required to update their profile on a regular basis. Leaving at times a considerable gap in grading.

Overall: The ability to stay on top of your students progress at school.

PowerSchool is a good tool for tracking my children's school activity.

Jun 04, 2018
3/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I like PowerSchool's functionality, and being able to follow my children's grades, attendance, etc.

Cons: There were issues with getting accounts set up and linked through PowerSchool that made the experience frustrating at first. Not sure if this was a software issue or an administrator issue, but after it was resolved, the platform worked well.

Overall: PowerSchool was a helpful tool for tracking my students' progress in school.

Reviewing grades

Aug 07, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: I loved being able to stay up to date on grades and what scores!

Cons: A lot of times I would try to log in and it wouldn't work.

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As a parent this tool is challenging

Nov 20, 2018
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
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Pros: I like being able to see the grades, attendance and status of my students. It is much easier if you have only one to deal with.

Cons: The software may be really good but the implementation by our school district is challenging. I never been able to get all of my children onto the tool and each teacher uses it differently. It is near impossible to get a good feeling of the progression of my children.

Overall: I am hoping for a single pane of glass that I can see what I need to be concerned with as a parent helping my students.

It's so easy to see my child's grades, login, and view assignments

Jun 11, 2018
2/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I like how it displays the grades, classes, final grades, assignments, and all the meanings. It's so useful.

Cons: There's not much to dislike. But sometimes when you login with the correct password, it still won't let you in.

Powerschool

Sep 19, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Easy access to grades and assignment point values. GPA calculations are helpful by grade. Easy to track kids grades and notes from teachers

Cons: Overall it's a good software. Sometimes I have issues on iPhone 7 app

PowerSchool

Oct 23, 2018
3/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I like how simple PowerSchool is. Not too many options and straight to the point. I used it throughout high school and now my daughter is using it in elementary school.

Cons: I wish there were more options to view.

Limited usefulness

Nov 15, 2018
3/5
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4 / 5
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2 / 5
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Pros: Quick access to summaries of information all in one place

Cons: It's extremely limited in the information it shares and seems like it offers very little compared to Schoology or similar apps