Skyward

Skyward School Management


4.5 / 5
62 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

K-12 public school districts, private schools, and charter schools.


Average Ratings

62 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
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Skyward
  • www.skyward.com
  • Founded 1980
  • United States

About Skyward School Management

Are you ready for a better SIS and ERP experience? Skyward combines technology, community, and leadership to help school districts operate on a higher level. Supporting technology includes a future-ready student information system and a flexible finance/HR business suite.


Skyward School Management Features

  • Bookstore Management
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Curriculum Management
  • Facility Management
  • Financial Management
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent/Private
  • K-12
  • Library Management
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • School District
  • Special Education
  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Built in LMS
  • Collaboration Tools
  • For Classroom
  • For Labs
  • Internet Usage Monitoring
  • Real-time Chat
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Transcripts
  • View Student Monitors
  • Accounts Payable
  • Attendance Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Class Loading
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For Private Schools
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • K-12
  • Payroll Management
  • Purchasing

Skyward School Management Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Skyward review

Jan 20, 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: Possibly my favorite aspect of Skyward is the ability to dump data directly into Excel. This is a huge timesaver and allows me to manipulate, sort, share and utilize data as needed. I also like the ability to create reports based on my needs using Data Mining.

Cons: There are still a few things that I wish I could do in Skyward, that I can't, such as use activity groups to run certain reports/schedules. Occasionally, we experience what I call "Skyward quirks" when something doesn't work right one day, but it works the next. Recently, our library parapro ran a report and new that the info displayed wasn't wholly accurate. I checked her format and everything was good. I printed it with the same results. I cloned the report, changing nothing, and ran that and it was accurate. The next day her report worked properly again.

Overall: This is my district's 7th year using Skyward. I am the counseling secretary in our high school and work in Student Management. I am also a security manager for our district. Honestly, when we made the transition to Skyward I was very unhappy. I didn't find Skyward to be very user friendly and I wasn't pleased with the customer support response time. Oftentimes I was unable to find a way to make Skyward do what I needed. However, as the years have passed, Skyward has made improvements to the program, I have learned the system better and the customer support live chat option is a huge timesaver. Now, I really enjoy using Skyward. I have the dubious distinction of being our district's "Skyward guru" and I believe I've learned a lot through exploration in my efforts to assist others. When I can't find answers, I know that help is only a live chat away! I would definitely recommend Skyward to other districts.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take the time to explore and learn and you will find that Skyward is a very versatile product. You can do a lot with Skyward if you take the time to learn what it can do for you.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 20, 2017

So glad we were able to grow together, Teresa, and turn a negative experience into such a positive one. Thank you for all you do to help your district get more out of Skyward.

Long-Time User

Jan 16, 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: The flexibility and multiple ways to achieve the end results we are looking for.

Cons: None!

Overall: I have used Skyward for many years, so I have seen it evolve. I will tell you this; you get what you pay for. Skyward is top-of-the-line! It will not always be the least expensive software, but it is more than worth the cost!! The software definitely helps customers work smarter not harder. With many of us wearing different hats, we need to find all of the time-saving opportunities we can; Skyward makes that happen! Skyward has many ways to get to the same information, so the ease of use is really in the end-user's hands. There is a plethora of shortcuts that Skyward has provided for the end-user, so no need to get bogged down trying to find programs/areas. Their Customer Service is top-notch. I have never had an issue that was not solved in a timely manner. They are wonderful! I could go on and on where Skyward is concerned. I not only love the software, but I like that the fact that Cliff King and the entire company has a focus on nothing but schools. They are truly concerned about the customer feedback, and they use that to make the software better (although I think it's pretty close to perfect now)!

Recommendations to other buyers: I would tell other software users to at least take a look at Skyward; you will not be disappointed. I have seen a few other Student Management Systems, and none of them compare to Skyward...truly. I would also say that if you are manipulating data to comply with state/federal reporting, that you are wasting a huge amount of time and energy that you don't need to if you had Skyward. Your time could certainly be well spent in other areas I am sure! I would encourage 'other' software users to speak with a Skyward account. There is a reason that Skyward retains their accounts!

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 16, 2017

Thanks so much for the kind words, Jacque, and congratulations on your well-deserved recognition as a Leader in Excellence for 2017!

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Student Management at your Fingertips

May 29, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros:

Skyward's interface customization is great, giving users the ability to the display the data they need for their particular job. Almost every section, big or small, has a customize button you can use to turn settings on and off. As a result employee's have their own "Skyward" they can learn in and out. Another great thing I love about Skyward is how many reports you can run with it. If you need phone list for students of a particular grade then it can easily be generated. You can also see if someone else has already made that report and just clone it. Anything you need there's probably a report for it and if not it can be created relatively quickly.

Cons: Skyward has a quite large learning curve and without appropriate training it can easily overwhelm new users. It's not a program that can be self taught because some settings are hidden under several layers of menus. A new user would probably need about five or six hours of training to be able to be remotely competent with it. There are manuals and help guides available but I've found them to be hard to navigate.

Overall: Overall my experience has been great. Without Skyward I would not be able to do my job as a school secretary and I am glad that so many schools are using. It does have a daunting learning curve but it's nothing that can't be overcome with time and patience.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on May 30, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Carlos. We appreciate your feedback.

LOVE SKYWARD

Jan 13, 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: Easy to use, can do multiple windows to jump from one area to another is huge!

Cons: Food Service application letter set up:(

Overall: I have always loved this program once I started using it (2001?), it was PAC back then.

Like everything in life, skyward needs some tweeks:) That is why you have four stars, also if you were to get five stars then we wouldn't need you anymore and believe me there are times I need your help. That all said, I work with Food Service, there are a few tips & tricks I would love to learn from you. I wish you offered a one-on-one quick tip sessions to sign up for.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would love to see your software customer service staff have site visits, I think this would help for both skyward customers and skyward employees. Not everyone is using this software to its fullest, including me.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 13, 2017

Hi Connie, thank you so much for the kind words! It was a nice trip down memory lane to see your PaC reference. Regarding those quick "tips and tricks" training sessions, keep checking in at skyward.com/quickhits and skyward.com/academy for relevant training and resources. We're always looking to deliver a better experience, so you can be sure site visits and localized training sessions are things we are considering as we look to the future.

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Awesome tool for teachers, students and parents

Mar 20, 2018
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: There are so many functions in one place. Check grades, missing assignments, email teachers, lunch calendar, etc. Multiple children in a family can be easily accessed together.

Cons: When emailing a parent/teacher, they cannot respond back directly. I wish they could. It would make the line of communication more direct. But, at least they can read the message and respond back by another means.

Overall: Up-to-date information about my child's progress in school, missing assignments, grades on tests and projects. Especially my for high school student, this info can be hard to get from them and so many times you do not know about issues until it is too late. I open Skyward every night at the dinner table and we talk about grades, upcoming exams and papers. She knows I am looking and it helps her to stay on task.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on March 23, 2018

Thanks so much for the kind words, Leslie! Regarding the con, there is an option in the message center to enable direct replies. You may want to talk to your Skyward administrator about turning that on if it would be beneficial.

Responsive company with top notch software

Jan 20, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Flexibility and the frequency of updates to the software

Cons: Navigation can be burdensome for those who have system-wide security access. This is just due to the amount of features that are available, but not much of a problem for end users as they only have access to what they actually need.

Overall: Skyward has been our SIS for 10 years now and while many districts have switched SIS systems every few years, we have remained happy customers. The main reason for this happiness? The company is very responsive to the input from their customers. Because of being responsive to that input, Skyward has been able to create an extremely flexible system that allows for many different scenarios for how schools operate. The future is bright, and we know even more great things are coming from the company.

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep listening to your customers and moving forward. Never be satisfied with mediocrity.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 27, 2017

Thanks so much, Scott! We promise not to settle for mediocrity in anything and we're thankful for all the insights from you and the rest of the Skyward community.

I am parent user for this program and I find it to be easy to use and easy to understand.

Mar 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that I can choose how I want my screen to look and can choose the information presented. I am able to toggle between all of the different pages easily and efficiently. I can access my child's information st the click of a finger. Additionally, I can access pertinent school and district information. I prefer this program to PowerSchool, as a parent user. I have access to more information faster and easier.

Cons: I have had no real problems with this program so far. It has served my needs as a parent. I only struggled with the initial login, due to a bit of s glitch in the system, but that was all worked out.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on March 19, 2018

Thanks for the positive review, Crystal. We're so happy you are enjoying a better experience with Skyward!

Top of the Line

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very easy to use for all levels. Skyward holds an abundant amount of data so we can use it in my areas in the school district.

Cons: There is sometimes a longer wait then expected to hear from customer service.

Overall: I always describe Skyward as a top of the line SIS. Skyward has been wonderful to work with and an asset to our district. We love giving our staff one stop shopping for data. We also know our parents and students have come to rely on Family/Student Access for up-to-date information. We find the system easy to use and has features and functionality that is always on the cutting edge.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 13, 2017

Hi Davida, thank you for the kind words and for all the amazing things you are doing in Walled Lake! We'll keep working to deliver a better experience both in the product and in the support we offer for it.

Patti St. Charles High School

Feb 24, 2017
4/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Reports that are time savers.

Cons: Some settings are at deep levels that are difficult to find and use.

Overall: When my district converted to Skyward, some of the training sessions were not as informative as we would have liked. Now that we are a few years into using the software, most of us have come to appreciate all that can be done. It continues to be a learning process. Many of the "features & functions" are real time savers.

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep lots of notes and screen shots. Eventually you will be able to use the software without the notes.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on February 24, 2017

Glad to hear you're saving time with Skyward, Patti! We have a number of training and development resources available that might help with the learning curve. Check out https://www.skyward.com/discover/educator-newsletter-blog/july-2015/know-your-skyward-training-options

The Sky is the limit with Skyward

Sep 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like how easily accessible Skyward is for parents to keep track of student expenses. Not only can parents easily add money to and watch student's lunch accounts, they can also easily pay fees online and very quickly. In a matter of seconds, I am able to add lunch money to my child's lunch account.

Cons: There is nothing I dislike about this software.

Overall: Skyward School Management has been a very positive change for our district. We switched a couple of years ago and since then it is easier for us to manage debt on lunch accounts and easier for me as a parent to stay on top of things like this.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on September 20, 2018

Thanks for the kind words, Amanda! We're more than happy to help.

Excellent program for student management

Jan 29, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The organization of this software is something I really like. I can get on the program without having too much user knowledge and find what I am looking for. I think it has a wonderful array of information options for our students' profiles. This is a user friendly software.

Cons: I use this software every day and for the level of use, I don't have any negative issues.

Overall: I am not the secretary at our school, so I don't get into as much detail with this software as she does, however I do use Skyward on a daily basis. For the information I need about students, this program works very well for me. I am pleased with the organization of information.

A Decent SIS For The Money

Feb 17, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The Skyward system allows our corporation to enroll and schedule students with ease. The reporting feature has been invaluable to my own job. There are so many facets to this software that you can do just about anything.

Cons: The user interface is somewhat outdated. They released a more web friendly version a while back but it had the same problems. In a world of student information systems though, it is on par with most other ones.

Overall: Overall the Skyward system lets us do the things we need to do with student data. This information is very invaluable to our district so the system is used heavily. It does what it advertises.

Skyward is a very easy and comprehensive system for school districts.

Jul 18, 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: There is a lot that can be accomplished through Skyward. You can track students, finance, and human resource functions. Each module is very easy to use and they are willing to work with you to assist in making changes and upgrades to their products.

Cons: Sometimes the functionality is a little rough, but the programmers have been making constant upgrades to the system and new updates come out all the time.

Overall: It took an old outdated system that was previously used and brought the school district back into the modern age.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on July 18, 2017

Thanks so much, Jeffrey. We appreciate your advocacy and promise to keep working toward a better experience every time.

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Generally good software to manage student information.

Feb 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It has a comprehensive set of features that allow student management. From the teacher side the data is fairly easy to view and input of the gradebook and attendance is relatively easy.

Cons: It is somewhat difficult to learn. There are many variables that can confuse teachers in creating gradebooks and in accessing information. The reports are not particularly intuitive to use.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on February 02, 2018

Thanks for the kind words, Chad! If you ever find yourself helping new teachers learn the system, we have some resources available at https://www.skyward.com/support/quick-hits/teacher and https://www.skyward.com/teachers.

Skyward in the Classroom

Dec 09, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Skyward is organized and user friendly. I also like how there is an app available that allows teachers to enter grades on their cell phone (I am an Apple user). Skyward has been dependable and my middle school students and their parents can navigate it.

Cons: Skyward will open a new window when taking attendance and entering grades which can be frustrating at times.

Overall: I have used Skyward for three years and I think it's unexpectedly been unavailable less than five times and it is restored quickly. It syncs with our online platform which helps with grading.

Many Tools to Collect and Share Data

Jun 20, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: What I like most about Skyward is that it offers many types of reports that can be printed out or shared online. Data can be accessed by parents any time of day and they are able to ask questions through the program.

Cons: I haven't found a need that is not met by this software.

Overall: I have been utilizing Skyward for over 10 years and find it a useful tool in managing student performance data, as well as attendance information. Data is stored and may be easily retrieved for years. Reports are easily compiled and may easily be modified by student or entire class.

A Teacher's Review of Student Management by Skyward

Feb 11, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Being able to easily manage assignments and attendance is extremely valuable to any teacher. Being able to easily pick up on the software that your school corporation is using is even better.

Cons: There are some confusing aspects at first but, with a little use, the average person will figure out most details with ease.

Overall: Overall, the experience that I have had has been very positive. I was able to figure out most issues within a matter of a minute or two and, when I had a bigger issue, customer support was able to fix it fairly quick.

Skyward is the backbone of many school districts

Jun 11, 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: This program is very safe and secure. Many large school districts trust this program for student and parent information.

Cons: I have struggled some as a parent when I try to scroll down to view more information about my child's grades I will be sent back to the log in screen.

Overall: I have used this program as a parent and as a teacher. As a teacher it is fabulous. As a parent I have struggled with the program going back to the log in screen. Other than that I know my child's information is safe and secure on this site.

I can keep track of children and how they are doing in school.

Jan 10, 2018
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 being able to log in and see how my child is doing in high school by each class. You can see missing assignments, test scores and quizzes. The teachers and the school can also contact me through skyward.

Cons: It can be confusing to use when you first start using it, but it gets easier and easier the more you use it.

Overall: Keeping up with my children school progress.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 15, 2018

Thanks so much for the kind review, Amanda. We're happy to see you're getting the most out of Family Access!

Skyward is our school district's SIS.

Jun 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Skyward is a very powerful product. We have used it for 15+ years and I am still finding useful features. Anytime I have an issue, support is punctual and extremely helpful to solve my issue.

Cons: Skyward can be very daunting because it is so powerful. It is semi-userfriendly, but the interface looks stark and cold.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on June 29, 2018

Much appreciated, Jayne. Thank you! We think we've addressed those interface concerns with our new Qmlativ product.

Skyward Educator Review

Dec 28, 2018
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Skyward is the software my company uses to track attendance,grades, student information and scheduling. This product is pretty easy to use for the most part. The dashboard of the main page can be used to navigate the system. It offers various button for attendance and grading. There are other functions this product offers that I do not have access to an a teacher. I like that I can put in my grades and apply specific grading critera with click of a button.

I also enjoy that I can look back at previous classes I have taught and previous gradebooks. Overall I like that Skyward intergrates with some of the other software programs that I use as well. This makes a teachers life easy.

Cons: Skyward has many positives as a teacher I do wish that it gave you the option to assign a 50 for all missing assignments in he gradebook as this is the way most schools are going. Other than that overall I think Skyward works well and provides schools with a decent platform for their needs.

Overall: Skyward has been great for me as a teacher. This year we had some scheduling issues with Skyward as an entire school but other than that it has provided all of the promised features and more for my school district.

Review

Feb 15, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Fairly easy to for employees for time sheets, request time off, payroll information and history.

Employees can see payroll, time sheets, and personal records.

Request reimbursement for expenses.

Admin uses it for record keeping of employee information

Cons: The steps to request expense reimbursement is lengthy and not easy for employees that use it occassionally.

Thanks Skyward

Jan 20, 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 to use

Cons: My only complaint is the need to change calendar days in multiple spots, like changing our end of term this week after a snow day.

Overall: I could not do my job without this software. Customer Service always comes through for us and answer us in a very timely manner when we need help.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 20, 2017

Hi Patti, thanks for the kind words! Hopefully we can come up with a good solution for that calendar issue.

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Skyward has improved a lot

Sep 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This is a really versatile program and great for storing all your data. Ilike how you can easily convert the data into Excel. I used to work in a school and would use Skyward. Once you understand how and where the information is stored, you can easily navigate through everything.

Cons: It is not the most intuitive program when it comes to finding information. There are a lot of tabs and categories and it might take a while to find the information your are looking for. It still has room for improving the flow of things.

Overall: My overall experience with Skyward is positive. It is a useful tool once you learn it, which might take some effort though.

Skyward-It doesn't do a ton, but it does it darn well.

Dec 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I liked the system for calculating grades, for handling attendance, and for allowing parental access. This combination achieved everything I felt that I needed.

Cons: It was overly difficult to grade and arrange things sometimes, including doing some of the alterations of grades when I needed to sometimes.

Skyward for Teachers

Dec 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: That I have immediate access for viewing: time off, accrued sick leave/paid time off, check history, teacher certifications, W-2 information and ability to print checks easily. The application is organized and offers exactly what it claims to be.

Cons: The option to use the check estimator is unique that takes into account deductions. This was useful but since I changed to a new position in the school system it did not update from being salaried to hourly. I attempted to enter the hourly wages however it didn't take into account deductions and therefore wasn't very useful. It is a super option if it worked properly.

Overall: It has been beneficial to knowing what my paychecks will be so I can budget appropriately. An added bonus is the link to see open positions within the school system. While logged in, one can stroll through open positions, apply and receive updates about the position. As a teacher, it is user-friendly, doesn't take long to navigate through while offering many uses as stated in the pros area of this review.

LOVE Skyward!

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Cons: That our district is underutilizing features! :( Through NO fault of Skyward.

Overall: I absolutely love Skyward and utilize it on a daily basis. Skyward Support is amazing. The company is always moving forward and staying in touch with client needs.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 13, 2017

Much appreciated, Shari! We'll keep working on ways to help your team get even more out of the system. Thanks for all you do.

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Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It can do so much.

Cons: Cost.

Overall: Skyward can do as much as you want it to. We currently use it for student management and skyalert, but I just asked for a quote for the HR/Business suite as well. We have been using Skyward for almost 11 years now.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't wait to make a serve call. They can save you time and aggravation.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 14, 2017

Thanks, Virginia. Your advocacy is much appreciated!

Good utility tool, lacks intuition

Dec 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: Useful features to allow parents interact with their child's activities. Allows for integration with payment systems which is seamless and real-time.

Cons: Not very intuitive when it comes to look for information or navigate through the system. The look and feel is more of a client-server system which is not very attractive.

Overall: Good experience overall. One of the best school management systems in the market, but needs many enhancements.

I have used this software for more than a decade. I highly recommend Skyward!

Dec 15, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: They are always improving and keeping up with current trends. Skyward has absolutely OUTSTANDING customer service!

Cons: That it can be intimidating or overwhelming for those that aren't familiar with it or chose not to utilize it.

Overall: Outstanding Student Information System.

I used it to check my grades on a daily basis.

Jul 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I like that it was easy to use and easy to read. You know what you are looking at and how to navigate around it.

Cons: I don't like that it's browser based. I don't like to rely on browsers to read info. I'd rather have software.

Great product

May 23, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: Having just joined my organization in the past year, I appreciated Skyward's intuitive structure to the various modules. I was able to easily pick up on the necessary tasks, and the data mining feature allows me to build every report I need.

Cons: I have no complaints at this time. Skyward is a solid product.

Overall: I work in the financial management and human resources modules extensively and have no problems navigating between the different areas. Running reports is intuitive and the ability to produce reports in PDF or Excel is fantastic.

Skyward School Management-Educator Perspective

Jun 12, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It is easy to learn and easy to use. As a new user to the system, I learned it quickly and was able to explore it and make it more functional for me. I like the "quick score" tab for entering scores. It was good to be able to mark a score of zero as counting or not counting toward a grade. Easy attendance and ability to order lunches for students.

Cons: It was difficult for me to move between classes, but that could be based on how the classes were entered in the system for me.

I love Skyward

Nov 26, 2018
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: Skyward is easy to navigate and full of good, interactive info!

Cons: I like everything about Skyward. It has all of the features that I would like to see.

Overall: Skyward has been amazing overall.

Skyward - excellent!

Sep 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy enough to teach my aides to manage. Keeps all emergency and important student info handy.

Cons: AM and PM attendance. Can be hard for families to understand.

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Keeping grades and marking attendance made easy.

Jun 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I liked the variety of grading options to set up your classes and the ease of setting everything up. No need to duplicate work.

Cons: As with any software, there is a balance between ease-of-use and robustness. Skyward can be a little overwhelming at first.

Overall: There's no need to 'show' students their grades, as they and their families have access to it. Administration too, can just pull grades from the network without having the teacher duplicate their efforts.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on June 25, 2018

Thanks, Jeremy. We're glad you enjoyed your experience with Skyward.

Great for Teachers and Parents

Jan 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This program is great for both teachers and parents. It allows parents to easily see their student's data.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 31, 2018

Thanks for the kind words, Kelly!

Our school district switched to this 3 years ago and it has been great!

Sep 19, 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: The school I work at switched to this 3 years ago and it allows me to go on-line to check my sick days, personal days, and check stubs. It is very user friendly.

Cons: The only real negative I can think of is, some times I forget my password, otherwise it is a very nice system to have that I can monitor my information instead of calling HR.

Overall: Great service, glad our school district switched!

Vendor Response

by Skyward on September 20, 2017

Thanks, Angie. We're so happy you've enjoyed your experience and look forward to making it even better for you in the years to come!

Grades and tracking, simplified

Feb 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: I love the various reports and data that I can get from the Skyward system. A little fiddling will reveal massive possibilities.

Cons: I wish that the software was more customizable for non-administrators. It can be finicky when entering data and not save information.

WONDERFUL PROGRAM!!

Sep 04, 2018
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: It lets me monitor my children's grades and attendance in real time, as well as their student accounts!!

Cons: Nothing, there is nothing I don't like!!

Overall: It has made my child's year great for me to monitor what they are doing daily- although he may not like that-- I do!!

Skyward has value, but is difficult to use

May 29, 2019
3/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like the ability to run student report data for large sets of students.

Cons: I find Skyward to be very difficult to use. After working with this software daily for two years I feel as though I have no independent skill. Nothing about this product is intuitive. I do not feel as though this is a user friendly tool and I feel as though there may be better tools for districts to use for their student management.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on May 30, 2019

We're disappointed that you find Skyward difficult to use. In our experience, the two main reasons ed tech falls short of its potential are lack of buy-in from staff and lack of appropriate training. We invite you to check out the Know Your Skyward Training Options article in our newsletter to see all the Skyward training options available to you and your staff.

Keeping up with grades

Jul 16, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: My children's schools don't send home paper report cards anymore. I can monitor their grades and assignments and make sure they aren't getting behind.

It's way to register for school for the new year without having to up to the school and wait in the long lines.

Cons: It doesn't have the best mobile interface. I wish there was app instead.

Best school management program that I've used so far!

Dec 09, 2018
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: What I like most about skyward school management is that the functionality of the program overall is really good and easy to use.

Cons: I wish that skyward had visual aids to show the step by step process of how to do certain functions in the program. This would make it easier to train someone that's new to the program or good to reference when you forget how to do the functions that you don't perform as often.

Overall: I've been using skyward school management for about 4 months now and it was a little overwhelming at first but once you get the hang of it you start to really appreciate how they have it set up and why. It really makes sense when you want to do a report in the future!

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Use product

Jun 08, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to track my kids school records and grades and absences and the ability to contact a teacher anytime.

Cons: Sometimes the websites are down. Sometimes they had issues with updating the grades but other than that it works great.

Overall: Its a great product just needs some bugs worked out.

Staying on top of everything!

Jun 06, 2019
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: Being able to get attendance, grades, missing assignments, contact information and so much more! Almost everything to stay on track, all in one place!

Cons: Being able to load pictures, graphs, paperwork (like missing assignment(s) - allowing for these to be uploaded can give families asses to the work immediately. Being able to send a message within the program would allow for a safer communication between families and teachers/school

For a free software system that manages my student's information, it does the job.

Dec 05, 2017
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that I can see my students attendance and grades and I can change my information on there. I also like that there are links to district sites and information that I need.

Cons: It isn't designed for ease of use. I also don't like that I cannot add funds onto my student's account through the app alone, I need to go to a third party website to add funds. I also don't like that I cannot pay fees on the app, and then when I go to the website I still have to use a third party site to pay my fees.

Easy to use, clear-cut tool for student

May 01, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software is intuitive and functional. Various folders can be set up for different subject areas. Users can also communicate via the its portal.

Cons: Once log in, it opens a new popup window. So users must set their popup window function to allow the new popup. Often times the pop-up windows becomes hidden when user switches from site to site. The software should improve to put things in the same window instead of opening popup windows.

Really expensive!

May 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This software was one of the systems that our school explored for an SIS. It was very in depth and thorough and offered quite a few options for administrators and teachers alike to manage and disburse information quickly.

Cons: It was way too expensive for us! We were even looking to be covered under our local public school system to recieve a discount, but that wasn't possible. That was the deciding factor in not choosing Skyward as our SIS.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on May 07, 2018

Thanks for the kind words, Aaron. Here's hoping we have the opportunity to overcome the budget issue and work together in the future.

Convenient

May 29, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I use Skyward for work.I love the fact that I can easily access my pay stubs, w2, sick leave available and used. Also I can request time off easily through their app in just a few taps on my phone.

Cons: This app works great for me there for I don't know of any cons

Skyward Software in a Rural District

Jan 13, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We are a small, rural school district. We have been using Skyward's School Management System for several years. Our staff, parents, and students love the software's ease of use. With more and more people on mobile devices 24/7, our users enjoy using the Skyward Mobile App to be able to view information on the go from almost anywhere. We have had several new staff that had to learn the software and their training has been great. The customer service has always been very fast and efficient.

Vendor Response

by Skyward on January 13, 2017

Very kind of your, Demetri. We're honored to play a small role in the important work you do every day. Thank you so much!