Focus/SIS Software

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FOCUS SIS is a web-based school management solution, which helps schools record, manage and evaluate student data. Features include reporting, document management, assessments, report cards, and scheduling. Using the Focus Portal, teachers can maintain communication with students and parents. FOCUS SIS' student planner feature lets candidates view upcoming assignments and their due dates. Students can track final grades, course history and class rank. It also offers integration with various third-party applications such as OneNote Class, Canvas, Schoology and more. ...

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Ease-of-use

4

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

3

Functionality

4.5

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Rhonda

Company size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Education Management

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
1

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

July 2016

FOCUS helped my students get into college!

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.

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.

Chris

Company size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Education Management

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

October 2018

Great Student Information system

Focus is great for schools and school districts. It is the best student information system I have been able to work with since I've been in education.

Pros

Focus is easy to organize by class, subject, and grading period. You can color code assignment types and tell focus the grade weights for each type, and let it do the math for you. It also has easy access to all student information, including schedules, addresses and parent contact information.

Cons

printing report cards can be a difficult task as it is not exactly straightforward. Contacting support can be difficult depending on what level of user you are.

Alissa

Company size: 1 employee

Industry: Education Management

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
3

Ease-of-use

out of 5
3

Customer support

out of 5
3

Functionality

out of 5

December 2019

It’s not the best

Focus is Ok. Sometimes some of the features randomly don’t work.

Pros

I like that I can search for students easily from the home screen. It is also nice that I can run reports to see which students are failing.

Cons

I don’t like the student pass feature. Many teachers don’t see the student pass, because it is not “loud” enough. There isn’t a notification that pops up to get their attention.

Delaney

Company size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Primary/Secondary Education

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
3

Ease-of-use

out of 5
4

Value for money

out of 5
3

Customer support

out of 5
3

Functionality

out of 5

July 2019

One Stop for Teachers

This software makes it easy for teachers like me to have access to everything we might need during a day. Once you get the hang of it, your life as a teacher becomes easier.

Pros

I love how this product has everything a teacher needs all on one page. It is like the perfect platform for teachers to save time.

Cons

I do not like how there isn't a one stop sign in for all of the other pages that are connected to it. It can also get confusing when navigating through different tabs and pages, as it is easy to lose your spot.

Wendy

Time used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
4

Value for money

out of 5
3

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

December 2017

Integrates multiple

Pros

Integrates not just grades, but student documentation and all other relevant information in one place. Makes it easier as a teacher to complete grades and attendance quickly. I like that I can see all student information in one location, finding address and parent info is a real advantage. I can also see student accommodations.

Cons

In the beginning the system was slow, and crashed multiple times a day. It has been better and easier to find information as the system has been modified getting more user friendly.

Anonymous

Company size: 51-200 employees

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
4

Functionality

out of 5

December 2018

Pretty good grade book

Pros

I like how easy it is to enter grades. I also like the grade book reports, it makes parent teacher conferences easier when I can show parents an overview of each assignment.

Cons

The system is down often, but that could be a district issue.

Kait

Company size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Education Management

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
3

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

August 2019

Okay Option

Pros

It's very easy to use for basic attendance and grading.

Cons

I wish it were easier to customize data output within the software.

John

Time used: Free Trial

Review Source: Capterra

5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
4

Customer support

out of 5

April 2011

Focus SIS

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

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

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