Student Management Suite Software


 

Skyward’s Student Management Suite is a cloud-based student information solution that helps schools manage student records, curriculum, attendance, grades, discipline, reporting and more.

The solution's gradebook module supports 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 attendance records, 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. Mobile applications for iOS and Android devices are also available.

Support is available via phone, email and through an online knowledge base.

 

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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Jenny from Big Foot Union High School
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2018

December 2018

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

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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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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2018

December 2018

Skyward for Teachers

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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.

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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Emily from Madison Metropolitan School District
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Skyward: necessary but not exciting

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Skyward does its job: it allows us to record absences from employment and then redirects us to a website for assigning subs.

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I wish that assigning and requesting subs was integrated into Skyward, because having the two sites allows for so much redundancy.

Review Source: Capterra
 


November 2018

November 2018

I love Skyward

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Skyward has been amazing overall.

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Skyward is easy to navigate and full of good, interactive info!

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

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jared from Moshannon valley SD
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Could Be Better

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Allows me to post my classroom attendance and make, grade and track my classroom assignments.

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There are many functions and it is relatively easy to use once you get the hang of it.

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The options are somewhat difficult to locate on the toolbars and the format could be easier to navigate.

Review Source: Capterra
 


September 2018

September 2018

Skyward - excellent!

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Easy enough to teach my aides to manage. Keeps all emergency and important student info handy.

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

Review Source: Capterra
 

Amanda from Greencastle Community School Corporation
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2018

September 2018

The Sky is the limit with Skyward

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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.

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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.

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There is nothing I dislike about this software.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: September 2018

September 2018

 

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

 

Ashleigh from Cassidy & Mueller
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2018

September 2018

WONDERFUL PROGRAM!!

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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!!

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

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

Review Source: Capterra
 

Iida from Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2018

September 2018

Skyward has improved a lot

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

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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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 


July 2018

July 2018

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

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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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jayne from Graham ISD

June 2018

June 2018

Skyward is our school district's SIS.

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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.

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

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: June 2018

June 2018

 

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

 

Jeremy from IBMC College
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Keeping grades and marking attendance made easy.

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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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: June 2018

June 2018

 

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

 

Aaron from Trinity Lutheran Church and School

May 2018

May 2018

Really expensive!

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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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: May 2018

May 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.

 

Luyan from medac pharma

May 2018

May 2018

Easy to use, clear-cut tool for student

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The software is intuitive and functional. Various folders can be set up for different subject areas. Users can also communicate via the its portal.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Isabel from UDONE

March 2018

March 2018

This software offers so many functions in one place.

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It is possible choose how I want my screen to look and can choose the information presented. Additionally, It can access pertinent school information.

Cons

This software is possible to use as a student information system and also be used for finances and food service.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for the kind words, Isabel!

 

Leslie from East Tennessee State University
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Awesome tool for teachers, students and parents

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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.

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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: March 2018

March 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.

 

Crystal from Kennewick School District

March 2018

March 2018

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

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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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

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

 

Chad from Springfield Public Schools

February 2018

February 2018

Great School Management software for districts that don't have resources to develop their own system

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The multiple different features is what's best about Skyward. The ability to not only be used as a student information system but also be used for finances and food service is great.

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Some of the programs that Skyward provides have compatibility issues with certain operating systems/internet browsers. There was a few times when we had to use legacy products just to keep Skyward functional.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Alyssa from School District

February 2018

February 2018

Grades and tracking, simplified

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

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

Review Source: Capterra
 

Chad from Warren County Schools
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Generally good software to manage student information.

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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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: February 2018

February 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.

 
 
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