Average Ratings

2 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 2.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $3,000.00/one-time
  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Focus School Software
  • www.focus-sis.org
  • Founded 2006
  • United States

About Focus SIS

Focus/SIS is a flexible, scalable application that streamlines inefficient processes and offers schools and school districts a 10+ year product lifecycle, ensuring maximum ROI. Focus/SIS is a partner-source solution which opens the source code for collective development among large districts and creates the most flexible platform for data management ever.


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Focus SIS Features

  • Academic Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Behavior Management
  • Bookstore Management
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Classroom Management
  • Clinic Management
  • Curriculum Management
  • Enrollment Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty / Staff Management
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent / Private
  • K-12
  • Library Management
  • Parent Portal
  • Scheduling
  • School District
  • Special Education
  • Student Information / Records
  • Student Portal

Focus SIS Reviews

FOCUS helped my students get into college!

Jul 02, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It provides information regarding purchasing and payroll, and a learning management system with a lesson planner, but I found it invaluable from a student's perspective. The student has complete control over his academic performance based on the transcript and grades before him. If he's college bound, and wants to earn scholarships or keep track of his rank, he can log into FOCUS on any given day and check it. He can track his attendance and see notes left to him by teachers. From a teacher's perspective, it provides any record one might need. As a coordinator who had to provide data for a certification process, it made my job much easier.

Cons: I can't imagine anything out there could be better than FOCUS. If I find it, I will come back to this post and put in my CON. The only CON is that so many school districts don't have it or something close.

Overall: I've been an AVID teacher/coordinator (college readiness) for 4 years, just long enough to see my 9th graders graduate from college this year. FOCUS not only allowed me to customize and provide required reports for an annual certification process, but it provided an easy checks and balance system for my students to continually track their grades, GPA's and rank. Over the years, I watched the "rank" game become a serious one among my students. Universities base everything on quartile with combined SAT/ACT scores. As an AVID teacher, my students knew their Freshman year what most TX universities required for admittance. Seeing it in print every day, watching ranks go up and down became a motivator for my students and over the years, GPA and rank became part of their vocabulary. They set goals, worked harder and I could hold them accountable because I had attendance records, grades, schedules etc. My own kids attend school 20 minutes away in another school district. It is more affluent, yet their district has nothing close to FOCUS. They contract a separate company to provide transcripts (something my students had at their fingertips) and I pay $3.50 for a copy. Most parents have no idea this is available, nor would they know what to look for if they had it. Having just resigned to seek a higher purpose, I am making it my mission to speak to other school districts about the importance of having an adequate student information system in place. As a result of my 4 year experiment using FOCUS, I had 25 first generation seniors graduate this year with 100% attending college, 85% attending universities and $1,486,000 in scholarships and grants alone. There are many districts who talk a big game about secondary education being the goal, yet they are unwilling to invest in a system that works for the student.

Recommendations to other buyers: Yes, I want to help you sell this product in Texas! We need it everywhere! I've made it my life's mission to ensure all students have the same opportunities to go to college, 1st generation or not. I don't think school districts know what to buy or why certain components are crucial to a student's success.

Focus SIS

Apr 15, 2011
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: -All in one system with good features
-Very customizable
-Great portal for parents/students
-Moodle integration
-Focus really listens to customers and willing to do whatever they can to help

Cons: -We were first big client so had to do a lot of implementation/support
-Smaller company with not as much expierence as others
-Needs better testing and change control

Overall: -Terrific product and a company that is growing to support it