Student Management Suite Software


 

Skyward’s Student Management Suite is a comprehensive student information and school management system that supports student records management, curriculum, attendance, grades, discipline, reporting and more.

Its gradebook module supports both standards-based and secondary grading methods with weighting and scale, and lets teachers post grades to mid-term and semester report cards automatically. It also integrates with online assignments, which can be cloned to new gradebooks.

Skyward’s attendance module allows teachers to maintain accurate attendance records—even from a mobile device—as well as create custom seating charts and notify parents about absences. Add-ons to automate attendance-taking by scanning or wanding student ID cards is also available.  

Additionally, parent and student portals facilitate teacher and district communications with parents. Parents and students can login to check assignments and grades, review preferences, fund lunch accounts and more.

Deployment options include both secure cloud hosting and on-premise models.

 

Student Management Suite - Parent/student portal
 
  • Student Management Suite - Parent/student portal
    Parent/student portal
  • Student Management Suite - Attendance/seating chart
    Attendance/seating chart
  • Student Management Suite - Custom report cards
    Custom report cards
  • Student Management Suite - Point-of-sale
    Point-of-sale
  • Student Management Suite - Performance chart
    Performance chart
  • Student Management Suite - Discipline
    Discipline
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

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Lewis from TenTact

August 2017

August 2017

Has valuable information for parents, teachers and faculty

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Easy access to school info

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Easy access to view grades, make payments, share information to parents view overall information about the school

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Not very user friendly, mobile version is extremely difficult to us. To make lunch payments you have to create 3 different accounts and log into them each time you need to make a payment

Source: Capterra
 

Jeffrey from Blaine County School District No. 61
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

July 2017

July 2017

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

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

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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.

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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.

Source: Capterra
 

Patti from St. Charles Community Schools
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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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.

Pros

Reports that are time savers.

Cons

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

Advice to Others

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

Source: Capterra
 

Patti from Union Grove Union High School
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Thanks Skyward

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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.

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Easy to use

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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.

Source: Capterra
 

Teresa from Crawford AuSable School District
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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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.

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.

Advice to Others

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.

Source: Capterra
 

Abby from Wilson School District

January 2017

January 2017

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The customer service at skyward is quick and efficient. They get back to you pretty quick and will follow up if they haven't heard from you in a few days.

Source: Capterra
 

Jenny from USD 260
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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I've not had a chance to use much of it, but I'm sure its great! I'm not usually in the student side of skyward, but everything you all do is top notch. I tried to leave my review as neutral as possible.

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Source: Capterra
 

Scott from Lehigh Career & Technical Institute
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Responsive company with top notch software

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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.

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.

Advice to Others

Keep listening to your customers and moving forward. Never be satisfied with mediocrity.

Source: Capterra
 

Jacque from Mooresville Consolidated School Corp
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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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)!

Pros

The flexibility and multiple ways to achieve the end results we are looking for.

Cons

None!

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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!

Source: Capterra
 

Virginia from Central School district 104
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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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.

Pros

It can do so much.

Cons

Cost.

Advice to Others

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

Source: Capterra
 

Amanda from Clinton Junior High School

January 2017

January 2017

Great for School Counselors

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With all the functionality of this software, I can stay on top of student grades and attendance with ease!

Source: Capterra
 

Davida from Walled Lake Schools

January 2017

January 2017

Top of the Line

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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.

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.

Source: Capterra
 

Connie from Adams-Friendship Area School District
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2017

January 2017

LOVE SKYWARD

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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.

Pros

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

Cons

Food Service application letter set up:(

Advice to Others

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.

Source: Capterra
 

Demetri from North Crawford School District

January 2017

January 2017

Skyward Software in a Rural District

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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.

Source: Capterra
 

Shari from Fairmont Area Schools
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2017

January 2017

LOVE Skyward!

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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.

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That our district is underutilizing features! :( Through NO fault of Skyward.

Source: Capterra
 

Mindy from Mt. Vernon Middle School (parent)

December 2016

December 2016

Great Tool for Parents!

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The Skyward product is a great tool for parents to use to keep up with our children's grades, attendance records, and school communication. I find it easy to maneuver and enjoy having a mobile app to utilize!

Source: Capterra
 

Eric from Quincy public schools

December 2016

December 2016

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Would give much higher ratings if payments could be automated for my child's lunch account as the system we previously used allowed.

Pros

Easy to log into and see info.

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Difficult to actually address payment issues that I find.

Source: Capterra
 

Pamela from Shea High School

January 2016

January 2016

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As a special educator I am forced to use the IEP system. I find it to be user unfriendly and makes more work than necessary. It lacks drop down menus for test accommodations. The format works but moving between pages is cumbersome. Meeting dates as well as implementation and end dates have to be entered on each page individually...Really, there must be a better way. Please meet with Special Educators to fix this mess.

Source: Capterra
 

Fritz from EDTECH-MI

March 2014

March 2014

Solid product but support is less than great

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Product work well even though they don't follow best management practices in their database. They have database structures where they have the same data enter into the system multiple times. As far as support you will need a calendar and not a stop watch. You can't call a support person directly you will be put in the email que of death and wait and wait and wait. There chat line works ok but this will not meet all your support needs. Also there support calls are not 24 * 7 unless you pay extra fees. They charge for support outside on normal day to day support. They are also expensive.

Source: Capterra