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.



48 Reviews of Student Management Suite

Overall rating

4.31 / 5 stars

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January 2019

Theresa from Education Management

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

January 2019

SKYWARD Student Management Suite Review

Pros

I am just learning to use this program so to say there is a tremendous amount of pro's, I can't at this point.

Cons

I am just learning to use this q-financial part of skyward and it's been a challenge. I don't know if it's because we don't have access to contact skyward personally or if it's our trainers. Once all the stuff is put into my pages accurately then it was easier. Just been a long drawn out process, again I don't really know if it is skywards issue or the ones in our admin. office making the decisions.

Response from Skyward of Skyward, Inc.

Replied January 2019

Theresa, Implementing a new school management system is a huge undertaking. We have a lot of training options available to our customers no matter how new you are to Skyward. Please see this article https://www.skyward.com/discover/educator-newsletter-blog/july-2015/know-your-skyward-training-options for an overview of what is available to you. The Skyward Customer Experience Team

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Skyward Educator Review

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.

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.

December 2018

Chris from Newman International Academy

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2018

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

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.

December 2018

Ruchir from ADP

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2018

Good utility tool, lacks intuition

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

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.

December 2018

Jenny from Big Foot Union High School

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

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

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!

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.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Skyward for Teachers

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.

December 2018

Megan from Seminole County Public School

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Skyward in the Classroom

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.

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.

November 2018

Emily from Madison Metropolitan School District

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

November 2018

Skyward: necessary but not exciting

Pros

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

Cons

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

November 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2018

I love Skyward

Skyward has been amazing overall.

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.

November 2018

Jared from Moshannon valley SD

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2018

Could Be Better

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

Pros

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

Cons

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

September 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

Skyward - excellent!

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.

September 2018

Amanda from Greencastle Community School Corporation

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

The Sky is the limit with Skyward

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.

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.

Response from Skyward of Skyward, Inc.

Replied September 2018

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

September 2018

Ashleigh from Cassidy & Mueller

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

WONDERFUL PROGRAM!!

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!!

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!!

September 2018

Iida from Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

September 2018

Skyward has improved a lot

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

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.

July 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

July 2018

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

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.

June 2018

Jayne from Graham ISD

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

June 2018

Skyward is our school district's SIS.

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.

Response from Skyward of Skyward, Inc.

Replied June 2018

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

June 2018

Jeremy from IBMC College

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

June 2018

Keeping grades and marking attendance made easy.

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.

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.

Response from Skyward of Skyward, Inc.

Replied June 2018

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

May 2018

Aaron from Trinity Lutheran Church and School

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

May 2018

Really expensive!

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.

Response from Skyward of Skyward, Inc.

Replied 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.

May 2018

Luyan from medac pharma

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

May 2018

Easy to use, clear-cut tool for student

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.

March 2018

Isabel from UDONE

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2018

This software offers so many functions in one place.

Pros

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.

Response from Skyward of Skyward, Inc.

Replied March 2018

Thanks for the kind words, Isabel!