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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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.

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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.

Cons

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.

Cons

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.

 

Kelly from District 161

January 2018

January 2018

Great for Teachers and Parents

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This program is great for both teachers and parents. It allows parents to easily see their student's data.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: January 2018

January 2018

 

Thanks for the kind words, Kelly!

 

AMANDA from Little Jayhawkers Daycare

January 2018

January 2018

I can keep track of children and how they are doing in school.

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Keeping up with my children school progress.

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I love being able to log in and see how my child is doing in high school by each class. You can see missing assignments, test scores and quizzes. The teachers and the school can also contact me through skyward.

Cons

It can be confusing to use when you first start using it, but it gets easier and easier the more you use it.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: January 2018

January 2018

 

Thanks so much for the kind review, Amanda. We're happy to see you're getting the most out of Family Access!

 

Shari from Fairmont Area Schools
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

December 2017

December 2017

I have used this software for more than a decade. I highly recommend Skyward!

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Outstanding Student Information System.

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They are always improving and keeping up with current trends. Skyward has absolutely OUTSTANDING customer service!

Cons

That it can be intimidating or overwhelming for those that aren't familiar with it or chose not to utilize it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Holly from YMCA

December 2017

December 2017

For a free software system that manages my student's information, it does the job.

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I like that I can see my students attendance and grades and I can change my information on there. I also like that there are links to district sites and information that I need.

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It isn't designed for ease of use. I also don't like that I cannot add funds onto my student's account through the app alone, I need to go to a third party website to add funds. I also don't like that I cannot pay fees on the app, and then when I go to the website I still have to use a third party site to pay my fees.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Angie from Little Chute Area School District
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Our school district switched to this 3 years ago and it has been great!

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Great service, glad our school district switched!

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The school I work at switched to this 3 years ago and it allows me to go on-line to check my sick days, personal days, and check stubs. It is very user friendly.

Cons

The only real negative I can think of is, some times I forget my password, otherwise it is a very nice system to have that I can monitor my information instead of calling HR.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: September 2017

September 2017

 

Thanks, Angie. We're so happy you've enjoyed your experience and look forward to making it even better for you in the years to come!

 

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: July 2017

July 2017

 

Thanks so much, Jeffrey. We appreciate your advocacy and promise to keep working toward a better experience every time.

 

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

February 2017

February 2017

Patti St. Charles High School

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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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: February 2017

February 2017

 

Glad to hear you're saving time with Skyward, Patti! We have a number of training and development resources available that might help with the learning curve. Check out https://www.skyward.com/discover/educator-newsletter-blog/july-2015/know-your-skyward-training-options

 

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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Hi Patti, thanks for the kind words! Hopefully we can come up with a good solution for that calendar issue.

 

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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

So glad we were able to grow together, Teresa, and turn a negative experience into such a positive one. Thank you for all you do to help your district get more out of Skyward.

 

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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Happy to hear you've had some good experiences with us, Abby. Thanks for the kind words.

 

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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Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Thanks so much, Jenny. Hopefully we can come up with some more ways to help make your job easier.

 

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.

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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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Skyward, Skyward, Inc.

Date: January 2017

January 2017

 

Thanks so much, Scott! We promise not to settle for mediocrity in anything and we're thankful for all the insights from you and the rest of the Skyward community.

 
 
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