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What is PowerSchool SIS?

Power your school operations to success with PowerSchool SIS at the heart of your educational ecosystem. As the first web-based student information system, PowerSchool is the SIS you can trust. Our flexible, open standards, and easy-to-use SIS gives your administrators all the tools they need to make sure your district and board runs smoothly. Experience simple scheduling, attendance, state and provincial reporting, data management, faculty management, enrollment and more! Only PowerSchool provides you with the flexibility to configure the SIS to your district and board needs, while ensuring that your data is safe and secure with Microsoft Azure-backed cloud hosting. Give your district accurate, timely reporting for on-time funding by working with our dedicated compliance team, which is second to none in monitoring 24/7 and keeping on top of education department updates. We ensure your technology investments pay off with seamless implementation, customer education, technical consulting, and district transformation consulting services. Rest easy knowing that PowerSchool is always there for you.

PowerSchool SIS Details
Languages Supported
Arabic, German, Greek, English, Persian, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Simplified)
Product Description

PowerSchool provides the full range of features needed by administrators at the district and school level in addition to portals for teachers, parents, and students.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

PowerSchool is the only company that:
• Is creating a unified platform that connects all aspects of your school and district from the back-office, home and classroom – teachers, administrators, educators, financial, IT, families, and students
• Our average customer tenure is over 9 years. Once our customers choose us, they stay with us because we invest in their success
• We have over 100M users and a community with over 330,000 members that you can access for tips, tricks and best practices
• Most secure and scalable solutions with compliance with Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF®), certified by the SIF Association, and full compliance with FERPA, HIPAA, COPPA, and other laws. And backed by Microsoft Azure technology, further increases your data security and system reliability while driving down costs
• We invest more in product development alone than the total revenue of most companies in K-12 education technology


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PowerSchool
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1997
HQ Location
Folsom, CA
Twitter
@MyPowerSchool
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2,002 employees on LinkedIn®
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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

We have been using PowerSchool SIS for some time now and in the twenty years that I have been in Education, no other SIS systems have met all the needs that we have other than PowerSchool. Works with our State reporting system and other vendors like no other. The support that PowerSchool provides to me can't be beaten. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing at this time. PowerSchool always finds a way to help us out when we have a problem so there is nothing I don't like PowerSchool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would highly recommend that you use PowerSchool SIS for your school system Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PowerSchool has solved many problems that we had with other SIS. Attendance, state reporting has always been a problem for us until we started using PowerSchool. We are a standard base school system and PowerSchool is the only SIS that could do the standard grade reporting the way we wanted to. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

As a tech coach, I can use customized exporting templates to populate 3rd-party platforms that require CSV uploads. The flexibility is useful. Better though, is that PowerSchool is a managed partner with Clever, which has made keeping most of our platforms current with class teacher and student data pretty easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The latest version has removed (or just moved, more likely and I haven't yet found) a few niche search features that I used to use. I've been able to work around, nothing major is missing, and I'm sure overall it's a better interface experience for the average user. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's a full SIS—attendance reports, grades and report cards, student contact data—PowerSchool is the source of truth for our district. We're making a big push to make sure the data is clean and accurate so when we link with 2nd-party partners, our integrations are smooth and functional. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Technology Director
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The ease of use and customization that schools have the capabilities to create. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

PowerSource can at times be a bit hard to find the correct article on an issue one is having or instructions needed. I am hopeful that the PowerSchool Community site will address this. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend PowerSchool SIS to any school looking for a high quality product that offers many services. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been a customer since 2004. The growth of the overall PowerSchool SIS system has been tremendous in the last five years. The many solutions that PowerSchool has introduced within this time have been a game-changer for our school district. We have implemented Performance Matters Assessments, Online Student Registration, PowerPack plugin, and the Health Suite to name a few. These tools have allowed our administration team to stay on top of student performances, attendance, and behavioral issues in a quick manner and have opened dialog between staff and students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

We love that all our Student Information is contained in a very solid and fast Oracle Database, and that the front end and the user experience is entirely web based, it was a requirement for us. We also love that it is highly customizable, and we can modify and use the data as needed. Also the user community and User Groups are amazing, and are a great resource. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In the past the releases were a little hit and miss, but since PowerSchool left Pierson, the product is solid and stable. We do wish there was an easy to use Report Builder for the schools, the built in report are great, but a drag and drop reporting would be helpful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solve new problems all the time, currently are implementing division wide incident reporting, and changes to attendance to deal with Covid-19. We are also integrating more with our Transportation system to add that data to the Oracle database, we love that we can add Database Tables and fields as needed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

I love the customization possibilities and that fact that PowerSchool is responsive to the requests of customers. The support has been very good. We have usually been able to get the product to do what we need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is sometimes difficult for our admin staff to get out the data they need. PowerSchool has definitely been addressing this and creating solutions that make it easier for someone who is not a database person to get the information they need out of the system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You can add customizations to PowerSchool. Many are already created for you by other users and are easy to load into the system. There is an enormous group of users to provide answers to questions, advice, customizations. The users group is one of the greatest assets PowerSchool has. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

State reporting has been much easier with PowerSchool, the ablility to view and analyze relevant data is very important. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Full disclosure: I am a PowerSchool Champion based on my years of use of the PowerSchool products and services. I am not employed by PowerSchool.

What I like best about PowerSchool SIS is that you can use it as a very basic level (rosters, attendance, grades) or go to very deep levels of integration with other PowerSchool systems (Registration, Human Resources, Special Education). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

What I don't like is that it sometimes too complex for the typical user. Secretaries live in PowerSchool as part of their duties. Some of the knowledge necessary to get the most out of PowerSchool SIS requires some level of programming knowledge, which is beyond most secretaries. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PowerSchool SIS helps us keep all of our student data in one place, with a long history of past student enrollment data. As we have grown as PowerSchool users, we have implemented more features, often plugins, that allow us to become more efficient in our district. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

We really enjoyed the convenience of customization. The opportunity to share such personalizations with other users of PowerSchool. And the fact that PowerSchool meets customer demands. The funding was really strong. We were usually able to get the product to do what we wanted. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Our admin personnel often find it hard to get the data they need. PowerSchool has certainly been tackling this and developing ways that make accessing the information they need from the system easy for someone other than a database user. We had to do a lot of customizations and fields that were incorporated into the canned product now. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Once you have introduced PowerSchool, find User Groups in your state or country. These groups will provide you with as much assistance as technical support from PowerSchool. PowerSchool may have customizations added. Most are already generated by other users for you, and can be easily loaded into the framework. There is a large community of users who can provide answers to questions, advice, and customizations. One of the biggest assets PowerSchool has is the users community. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With PowerSchool, state monitoring has become much simpler, the opportunity to access and analyze relevant data is extremely valuable. It has been good to be able to get the data out of PowerSchool and use it to fulfill our needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

I love that it has so much variety and that the SIS portion seems to be very user friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Everything has to be custom built, and if you miss doing something during the implementation process, then you are either on your own in the future, or required to pay more money for help. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Plan ahead and make sure to commit several people to the learning of the program. It can be very beneficial when implemented correctly, but can be a nightmare if things are forgotten and staff are left on their own to figure things out. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing student schedules has been easier. I can more easily move them from roster to roster and create initial rosters at the beginning of the year. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The size (customer base) of PowerSchool

Ability to take action on active selections of students is nice Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Database structure is extremely inconsistent - FirstName in one spot First_name in another and fName in another - everywhere you look things are like this.

Disastirous user interface akin to reading the whitepages, but not alphabetical.

Online support is split between at least three systems (PowerSchool Community, PowerSource and the built in help. There is no SSO between Community, the latest system they are pushing)

SSO is "technically" available, but support cannot find a single customer that has got it to work. It's that bad. The documentation is all wrong, it was clearly built just to check a box for RFPs, but not to actually work for customers.

Importing & Exporting data is a disaster. This is the absolute worst part of the product.

There are multiple ways to import & export, each have limitations, no one tool can do it all.

For example, you cannot schedule an import of a Student Email address. You can only schedule exports using AutoComm, which is no longer being developed.

Data Import Manager / Data Export Manager have significant issues as well, and you cannot schedule imports with Data Import Manager. Things like including or excluding a header row -- nope. The options are all terrible - it's as if the person who was in charge of data import & export had never worked with text files in their life. You can't export contact fields as a CSV - you can use a DAT code, and get them in a comma-space format, but not the first column - that's actually CSV. It's unbelievably bad. I cannot state enough how bad data import & export is.

**If you want a database you can't load data into, or get data out of -- PowerSchool is for you!**

There is no field level history (i.e. who changed this students name, when, and what was it before?)

Everything is a "customization" which costs extra, and is unsupported after it is delivered.

Trying to get simple things (like a report card) built the way anyone might want will require thousands of dollars of customization - because nothing in PowerSchool is straight forward.

PowerSchool's own products DO NOT work together - for example their registration product will register a returning student, and that returning student will end up with a DUPLICATE student number. The login the parent uses for registration is NOT the same login the parent will use for the Parent Portal -- that confuses EVERY parent. If you think buying from PowerSchool means you will have a suite of integrated solutions for your district, you are mistaken. 3rd party products often integrate better than PowerSchool's own solutions.

For the size of PowerSchool, they don't play well with other large players - i.e you would expect a built-in export to Follett Destiny (the #1 library system in use by schools) but nope - you're on your own for everything like that.

There are other modules (like Health) but they are all severely limited.

Change comes slowly if at all. For every deficiency or bug, you are told to make an "Enhancement Request" which will sit for 5-10 years, and then the company will be sold again by then.

The code for the entire product should likely be scrapped, and started over - I feel bad for their developers. It's clear PowerSchool has been passed from owner, to owner, to owner - each did things differently, for decades.

Did I mention the user interface - while generally OK, once you're in the admin pages, things are buried deep, and in improbable locations. There are zero icons or anything, it's all text, and really painful to look at.

The documentation is wrong the day it is written. The formatting of the documentation is awful. The documentation is not helpful, it often contradicts itself.

The rework of the contacts database is a mess - before at least you could find who mom and dad were - now the relationship between child and guardian is very muddy at best. There is no support for contact language - so you won't know if Mom is a Spanish speaker, as an example.

I see us leaving PowerSchool in a few years - the product is broken beyond repair, try as they may, I don't think it's possible -- PowerSchool will keep hacking patches on, but when the core is this broken, the only way to move forward is to scrap what they have, and start fresh. They won't do that. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

No SIS is perfect, they all have faults. PowerSchool could be worse, but it's not for the faint of heart either. Don't simply think by leaving your current SIS and moving to PowerSchool everything will be roses and all will be fixed - it won't. Don't think that integration between all of PowerSchool's products will be seamless, exist at all, or even work - it likely won't. Most other Student Informations systems have less legacy to contend with. If you are considering PowerSchool, you may want to think again- there are better options without the legacy issues that PowerSchool is destined to struggle to resolve, but never actually fix. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping track of student attendance, health, general student data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Provides a smartphone app to display schedules, classes and general grades. Each time changes are made, updates instantly. The design online is also fast and attractive. It offers several features which can be switched on or off when appropriate. We use PowerSchool and Schoology, and hopefully both grow and work together. You 're very excited to know schoology. Import and export functions are easier for me. For example, this feature makes annual locker assignments very simple. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No new Contacts setup I do not like. It was easier to add / update parent details in the old PowerSchool Accounts version. Further action to correct the information is now available. The demographic pages are outdated and allow us to make custom pages for things such as cellular phones, etc. A steep curve of learning that most people would experience. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You'll be delighted with PowerSchool. It is not perfect, but I can do my job and I trust in the information I receive, because we are very careful with the information. PowerSchool makes me more successful. Providing you with PowerSchool SIS, you can enjoy all the training you get. If your budget is sufficient, try buying some preparation online or on the webside. Be prepared to use an older and restricted SIS with a wide learning curve. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PowerSchool addresses issues of record keeping. All the transcripts and other material are correct. It's easy to use and our parents and teachers really enjoy a new PowerSchool mobile application update. In Schoology, we like sync. The other services and instruments that were once used to be integrated with PowerSchool into a system that is simple and comfortable for teachers and learners. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Very customizable, provides long term data storage, is very usable in its native state Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

So powerful and complex that it requires specialized knowledge and advanced skills to fully harness. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The Powerschool ecosystem is expanding, and I worry that one company that does everything loses it's greatness in any one area to have sufficiency in everything. So far, the SIS is still great and hasn't suffered as they've expanded into other areas. For as expensive as it is to use annually, it better remain great. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Long term storage of student data, ability to examine historical trends. Finding student data, particularly after they've graduated, is very easy. In addition, we see a lot of students leave and the return. The ability to find and utilize returning students is awesome. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

For all applications, the gui is sleek and elegant. On their Chromebook, students can access their work from anywhere. I always appreciate that you can configure the Powerschool program. The gradebook is intuitive. In my capacity as a instructor, it is critical that the software that I use is functional, accessible, reliable, effective, scalable and can be used in all these ways. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It has everything that I have to do to make sure with my students I do a great job. I had no trouble accessing and using online recordkeeping software with this easy to use. It operates on any computer where an Internet connection exists. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

PowerSchool SIS is what you are searching for if you want software that maintains record accuracy. In a better kit, the new SIS program. Expanded apps can provide you with even more program features and can be used to replace other separate systems for reporting, special training, digital classes, digital evaluation and more in your local area. The convergence of our data into a single silo enabled us to use all of these information in careful practice, to help our teachers reach our pupils more effectively. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a very helpful program to monitor so I don't have to use manual class records to ensure that I report back to the university success of my students immediately. This program provides my effectiveness, as it generates reports that my students need with just a touch of the finger. PowerSchool permits me to construct individual reports for displaying, organizing and correlating LIVE data. A monitor update is just as simple as a screen update. Your life has changed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Oracle database, able to query things from back end using sqlplus or SQL Developer. Ability to modify PowerSchool front end pages is good. Latest versions of PowerSchool, version 19.11 and 20.4 do address normalization far better than previous versions we have used. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

PowerSchool leaves much to be desired with ability to add / modify without using APIs, which most districts are not able to leverage. PowerSchool also has yet to have a way to archive out old data. Yes, we must keep data for students from Pre-K through 12th grade, including attendance, grades, discipline, etc, but without a way to archive out data your database can become quite large and difficult to test on. Let's face it, even with proper Indexing, when you query through numerous tables joined together to get the data you need for decision making, these queries can become unreasonable. We have a number of tables in the database with more than a million rows. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Update data on PowerSchool Community to include only supported PowerSchool version, i.e. 12.x and 19.x. I feel it is useless waste of manpower to pull from PowerSource KB articles and use them for 12.x and 19.x when not all parts are usefull. I have recently discussed this with the PowerSchool LLC Support team and they saw my issues with some of their documentation. Their intent is to update the documentation, especially for versions 19.x and 20.x. I am in a wait and see pattern on this. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping up with Student data in central database. We then use this to go into our Data Warehouse. We do have the ability to push data back to PowerSchool, either through the APIs or through Data Import Manager. Some tables allow automatic imports, but not nearly enough in my opinion. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

What I like most about Powerschool SIS is how I can score, save and students in my next secondary class see their revised degree. Quick alerts to students as well as parents are impressive to track student results. The factors involved in real time are essential and indispensable for the success of the student. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

You can not stay up to date as quickly if you don't have Internet access at home like some students don't. It is at first frustrating to create the grade book with percentages and I needed help. When I use a digital gradebook when I use a paper edition, I think teacher who is not that young will have problems or learning curve. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Innovative platform, easy to implement the learning curve is quite acceptable for this type of platform, I recommend its implementation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Enhance performance and save money. Reduce time for entering and calculating grades manually. The way this initiative promotes parent engagement is another plus. By doing so, you promote student development to do their best, in the understanding that they are responsible not just for education, but also in the home. PowerSchool offers very cool pre-loaded and easy-to-use configuration. It's time productive and nothing could be more relevant for teachers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

PowerSchool gradebook, PowerTeacher Pro, has also been changing as education shifts from conventional degree to mastery-based degree. This PowerSchool specialist 's role has been much simpler, as he can upload standards in millions, whether they be common core standards or district specific. Teachers now conduct their own progress reports and report cards when reproduction is required. This avoids the order from the reception staff for several days of printing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I want faster links in the grades, for instance the ability to target students from the option score sheet. If you entered a grade for a student you would be great to switch from the score sheet to a completely new one OR hover your mouse and see the stats. State reports may be confusing, but there is a solution to everything else. Manual exports are not only necessary, but also part of my data testing process by enabling access to all data through an easy-to-search format. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For the best LMS, web pages, data analysis and account management integration, PowerSchool has been the best data management for the colleges. It that at first seem confusing and things do not look as they did in an earlier SIS, if your mind is open and your time is spent learning the database, it is all important. Connect to a local group of users to get great feedback and other active users support. When enforced, the knowledge and ties you make to PowerSchool University are beneficial. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The whole guy, I can see. Grades, other courses and standardized tests in my classes, all in the same room. This gives you an idea of the best way of helping every student. A resource to reach others for ideas or help a student in the best possible way. The intervention team may call any student, not just pupils who have been addressed, using historical grades, test scores, log entries, attachments, attendance screenings and more and gain useful insight into their current results. On its own, statistical data is important, but with records and accessories. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

PowerSchool allows for a space where student data and personal information can all securely live Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Can sometimes be difficult or confusing to navigate Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A place for all student information in one space Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It's the easiest thing I've ever learned to use a student information system. The opportunity to customize this to suit your needs is a huge bonus, and it goes beyond that to assist you with questions or issues. It works straight away, but can be really personalized. It also has publicly accessible data links, and a simple data export or SQL query will make a difference as it does not know how to do it in the framework. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I assume that the only downside of PowerSchool is that it no longer has control over and can change the settings of the mobile device. Often a proposal to improve or fix a problem is not remedied sufficiently early. It's a fantastic product, so I understand some delays but it must be resolved before starting new features if it is a crucial feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Before implementing this product do all the Beta Settings and run the system to see where the customization will be needed. This will make the final implementation easier and faster. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Active monitoring of state records by students. Curriculum and list evaluation integration with third-party development tools. Reduced workload and homework monitoring for teachers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

I love that I am able to use Powerschool as my primary grading LMS. Students can get all of their grades in one location. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't have any dislikes. It is very user friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to enter student grades and comments in one location. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

In general, Powerschool is well built. Teachers can search, locate and customize the platform to add features. The database is sound, customized and has a nice interface for teachers , students and parents. It is a very good gradebook with excellent reports. We can highly personalize our reports and distribute them easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In order to use them successfully, there are many technical procedures to master. This could be too much for a small school or district or for somewhere where workers can not commit to running it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure it meets all of your requirements. In order to use them successfully, there are many technical procedures to master. This could be too much for a small school or district or for somewhere where workers can not commit to running it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a unified database with PowerSchool, which enable us, teachers and students to quickly understand it. Fulfilling the reporting criteria is much simpler than before. Our schools have access to an app that combines compliance with district requirements and teacher usability. It contributed a lot to our move to standard grading. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It is simple to use and updates and adds content always. They are really excited about the learning of schoology, and we use both PowerSchool and Schoology and I hope that all of them will develop and work together. For me it is best to import and export features. Annual locker assignments, for example, are a breeze with this feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't like Contacts' new setup. The old Access Accounts section of PowerSchool was easier to add / update parent information. More measures to update details are now open. Demographic and communication pages are not up to date and allow us to create custom pages for such items as simple mobile phones, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

With PowerSchool, you'll be happy. It is not perfect, but I can do my job and I have complete confidence in the information I have gathered, since we take great care of information. PowerSchool enables me to be more fruitful. Take advantage of all the training you provide if you implement PowerSchool SIS. Try purchasing any preparation, on-site or online, if your budget is appropriate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PowerSchool solves record keeping problems. Both transcripts and other data are accurate. It's easy to use and the new update for PowerSchool Mobile App is really good for our parents and teachers. We like Schoology's syncing feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Data regarding all of our students is right at your fingertips. You only need to make sure all data has been entered an is updated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

More step by step instructions on how to do certain things should be more readily available in PowerSchool or PowerSource. I usually will need to do a Google search to find information. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PowerSchool SIS state reports are very helpful. They are formatted to align with the reports needed by the state and makes it very easy to generate these reports. I have learned how to do simple customizations on pages, which has been very helpful. Also, PowerSchool Quick Export is very useful and informative. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Math Teacher
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

PowerSchool SIS is the best record keeping software I have ever used for my students. I have been using this software for 5 years now at Somerton Middle School. The software has user -friendly interface that the first time I used it I did not have hard time using and navigating the features and functionalities. As a teacher, it is very important to me that the software I am using is functional, usable, reliable, performed well and adaptable and all of these characteristics are in PowerSchool SIS. This software maintains accuracy when it comes to keeping the records of the students specially the automatic computation of grades. I also like the I can easily do and manipulate the database operations such as Add, Edit, Delete and Update records in any way. Another great feature of this software that I enjoy using everyday is the seating plan and I can easily check the student's attendance. This is one of a kind software for me because it generates a lot of reports that teachers really need for the classroom instruction. Kudos to the designer/developer of this online software because anytime and anywhere I can interact and update the records of my students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

PowerSchool SIS has everything that I need in making sure that I am doing a great job with my students. I never experienced any problem accessing and using this user-friendly online record management/keeping software. It works in any types of device where there is na Internet connection. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want a software that maintains accuracy of the records, PowerSchool SIS is what you are looking for. It gives you "power" as an end-user and as a teacher all in all. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PowerSchool SIS is really a helpful record keeping software because I don't need to use manual class records to make sure that I give immediate feedback to the academic performances of my students. This software provides productivity on my end because in just a tap of my fingertip it generates reports needed by the parents of my students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assistant Principal for Academics
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It is a 21st century product. The interface is modern and sleek for all users. Parents use the app for realtime updates. Students can access their work from anywhere on their chromebook. The gradebook is intuitive and my teaching staff made the shift seamlessly. As an administrator I most appreciate the ability to customize the Powerschool system. The user community has been a vibrant resources for custom reports and data analysis. The ability to directly view and correlate data inside of PowerSchool (instead of exports to excel) has saved me countless hours and provided my teachers with more data at their fingertips. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The PowerSchool app does not contain all of the functionality found on the browser version. Ex: Parents must sign-in through a web browser in order to see their student's requested coursework for next year. Additionally, as a private high school in New York City, we have parents whose children attend middle/ elementary schools who also use PowerSchool. These parents have to logout of one school and log into the other in the app, removing some of the simplicity of this technology. A minor annoyance, that is ultimately unavoidable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do it. It has all the power of your current system SIS in a better package. The expanded product offerings allow you to get even more functionality out of the system and can replace other, separate modules your district uses for mandatory reporting, special education, digital classrooms, digital assessments, and more. Consolidating our data into one silo has given us access to leverage all of this data into reflective practices in order to further assist our teachers in reaching our students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No more exporting to excel! Excel exports have the inherent problem of stagnant data. The enterprise reporting tools built into PowerSchool allows me to create custom reports to view, organize, and correlate LIVE data. Updating a report is as easy as refreshing the screen. It's life changing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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