Alma Features

Alma

Empower progress. Spark potential.

4.25/5 (217 reviews)

Alma Feature Summary

  • admission, enrollment and registration
  • Student demographics
  • attendance
  • advanced scheduling
  • discipline
  • grades
  • state reporting
  • custom report cards
  • parent portal
  • student portal
  • standards based grading
  • SIS
  • intuitive design
  • state reporting
  • Assessment tracking
  • Assignment management
  • Attendance management
  • School calendar
  • Parent/student portal
  • Streamline communication with parents
  • Contacts
  • Ad hoc and custom reports
  • Filtering
  • learning management
  • Report cards
  • records management
  • single sign on
  • Basic reporting
  • Voice messaging
  • Instructional dashboard
  • Advanced scheduling features
  • Data Visualization
  • Text alerts, phone calls, emails
  • Demographic data
  • Automate school management workflow
  • Course Management
  • Bus route management

Competitor Feature Comparison

Absence Management
Accounting Management
Action Planning
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Reporting
Administrative Reporting
Alerts / Escalation
Applicant Tracking
Assessment Management
Assignment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Behavior Tracking
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Class Scheduling
Client Portal
Communication Management
Contact Database
Course Authoring
Custom Forms
Customizable Reporting
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Demographic Data Collection
Email Integration
Employee Portal
Enrollment Management
Instant Messaging
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Records Management
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Route Management
Single Sign On
Student Management
Student Portal
Summary Reports
Visual Analytics
Voice Mail
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Absence Management
Accounting Management
Action Planning
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Reporting
Administrative Reporting
Alerts / Escalation
Applicant Tracking
Assessment Management
Assignment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Behavior Tracking
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Class Scheduling
Client Portal
Communication Management
Contact Database
Course Authoring
Custom Forms
Customizable Reporting
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Demographic Data Collection
Email Integration
Employee Portal
Enrollment Management
Instant Messaging
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Records Management
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Route Management
Single Sign On
Student Management
Student Portal
Summary Reports
Visual Analytics
Voice Mail
Visit WebsiteCompare App
Absence Management
Accounting Management
Action Planning
Activity Dashboard
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Reporting
Administrative Reporting
Alerts / Escalation
Applicant Tracking
Assessment Management
Assignment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Behavior Tracking
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Class Scheduling
Client Portal
Communication Management
Contact Database
Course Authoring
Custom Forms
Customizable Reporting
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Demographic Data Collection
Email Integration
Employee Portal
Enrollment Management
Instant Messaging
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Records Management
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Route Management
Single Sign On
Student Management
Student Portal
Summary Reports
Visual Analytics
Voice Mail
Visit WebsiteCompare App

Alma Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Alma's features:

Ryan Premack

Alma SIS- Big pros and small cons

2020-04-30

The resources provided are clear and helpful, and support staff are more responsive than any other product or service I have experienced.

Pros

In addition to standard features of other applications, this product provides the ability to generate customized reports on just about any type of student data, and also automates the bulk of our report card procedure.

Cons

Student grades or attendance expressed as an overall average, rather than being listed by course.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Michael Thompson

Great, user-friendly SMS

2016-03-10

Hoping for a mobile app soon.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


It is awesome to hear you love our report card feature! We hope to have a mobile app sometime in the next year. Thank you for the feedback, we will keep you updated!

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Joel Ngito

Alma Software Review

2019-06-04

For a school management tool that is cloud-based, I must say the ease of use and great customer service make it an ideal option.

Pros

For grading, scheduling and even checking attendance, things are pretty smooth.

Cons

Just one thing that should be checked. Alma should make it possible to save grades that are submitted late. Grades submitted late may or may not be saved.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Carlo Fernando

Why I like Alma

2019-05-11

I teach Computer Science online to Multinational students of Safir American School and I find it very easy management of grading and issuing of report cards.

Pros

Automatic grading according to predefined grading policy.

Cons

There is no record of emails sent to students or their parents.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Tyler Proffitt

I've been using alma daily for 3.5 as a teacher and find it to be incredibly user friendly.

2018-02-27

As a teacher, alma makes it very easy for me to keep students and families up to date on student progress.

Pros

Alma's user interface is easy to navigate every step of the way - from taking attendance to posting and grading assignments to creating and publishing report cards.

Cons

In the future, I'd love to see alma develop an app for mobile devices or a more user-friendly mobile version of the website.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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SCOTT MCCANN

Education

2020-04-28

I have used the attendance feature to track when specific students are absent from school.

Pros

I enjoy using the attendance feature and Alma.

Cons

Designing report cards within the interface is a little tricky.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Donna Bixby

We have been with them since the start and are very pleased with how the system has developed.

2016-03-21

We investigated many different learning management systems.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback, Donna! We try to make the platform as flexible as possible so we can accommodate most types of schools. It is because of users like you that help us to make the best product possible.

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Cynthia Pereira

Great for schools

2019-10-30

As a first year teacher, learning how to use the program was easy.

Pros

It's very easy to use to take daily attendance in all my classes.

Cons

Inputting grades into report cards can be a bit challenging.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
(Education Management company, 51-200 employees)

I want to love Alma but...

2020-01-15

I really want to love Alma. There's so much potential but the problems we are running into keep building up and fixes are few and far between. Luckily we only have about 1000 students and a few schools. I don't know how we would manage if we were a larger organization.

Pros

The basics (scheduling, attendance, calendar, student bios, medical) are all well done, user-friendly, and look great.

Cons

The district portal is useless.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

2/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Sorry to hear you aren't sharing the common elation of switching to Alma that nearly all of our customers experience.
It sounds as if you may have actually missed out on some introductory training, and we'd love to set that up for you.
As you have chosen to keep your identity anonymous, I cannot flag your concerns to your account manager.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon via Capterra so we can remedy this.

Update: Hello again! It's been almost a month, and we haven't heard back from you yet. We really would like to address your issues. Our customer service staff is ready and waiting!

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Martha (Sandy) Cassio

Customer support is immediately available-this is a reliable aspect of Alma and the reason I recomme

2018-06-29

Excellent management of student information - excellence in parent communication through Alma.

Pros

Wide variety of features and uses - also, the immediacy of customer support - when we have suggested the need for new features, these options have been added

Cons

Occasional shut-downs due to updates - otherwise, I don't really think of aspects that I don't like. Our past experience with RenWeb was negative, so Alma is comparatively flawless.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Kelsey Tomasic

Awesome experience. Made grading and keeping track of attendances and incidents much easier!

2018-06-21

I was also able to keep track of data such as attendance, grades, and incident reports.

Pros

Everything is easy to access.

Cons

I haven't had any bad experiences with alma! Very easy to access and very useful for the school.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Ben Stafford

BCIS Phuket

2020-05-07

Report cards are excellent, it has saved us so much time but we need more curriculum content to be linked from Google Drive/Classroom.

Pros

Interface, ease of use, collaboration for generating report cards, student profiles,

Cons

No branding, needs school colours and school logo, needs more integration with Google Classroom for showing curriculum content, customisable dashboard for teachers and students, more information in bio about nationality and languages spoken than race, emails with teacher signature, in-depth calendar with links to a Facebook page,

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Our teacher experience has been very positive. We have struggled with office/admin functionality.

2018-02-27

Easy report card setup.

Pros

Very good home dashboard page.

Cons

Limited in the ability to add and track customized fields.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Greg Hilden

ALMA is customer friendly and extremely responsive.

2018-04-09

Pros

ALMA continues to grow at a rapid pace developing new features which are design to expedite the management of student data.

Cons

ALMA is continuing to evolve and increase functionality as well as unique features. While the system is not old, it provides all of the necessary tools and has increased functionality considerably every year.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Daniel Madden

Best of the School Management platforms

2019-04-19

Pros

Ease of use is exquisite when compared to alternatives which make school management complicated and clumsy.

Cons

Any issue I have had with the problem, few and far between, have been swiftly addressed by our representative and our feedback was used to improve the platform.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Chrissy Lopez-Cotaina

Teacher review

2020-05-18

I'm not sure why but I find myself making more mistakes with this management system than others I have used in the past.

Pros

My school was one of the first to use Alma, and I have been impressed with how they ask for feedback from teachers and then consistently make changes to improve the product.

Cons

It seems to go down every time we do report cards, which is when we need it the most.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Adam Penning

Great customer service.

2018-02-27

Pros

Though it took some time to get adjusted to a new management system, the people of Alma were always willing to listen and try to meet our needs.

Cons

Additionally, I would like to see a data warehouse portion of the system.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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James Lara

GETALMA for International Schools

2020-04-29

I’m very satisfied with the overall performance of GetAlma, and I highly recommend it!

Pros

1) The features that where the most impactful: -Attendance and Report Cards 2.)

Cons

Manual inputting of each teacher’s class schedules for all grade levels is tedious.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Kieran Conrad

I greatly enjoyed the user-friendly interface as compared with Plus Portals: Alma had all I need.

2018-06-25

This was the most user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing learning management platform I have used.

Pros

Aside from the user-friendly interface (for faculty, parents, and students), I liked, essentially, how accommodating the site was for my needs.

Cons

I remember wishing that I wanted the duplicate feature to duplicate everything as it only copied some of the information, not all of it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Margaret Hutter

I have been able to record student assessments, then they are ready for report cards.

2015-06-10

Pros Easy to record assessments, attendance, and comments.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Hi Margaret, I am happy to hear you found attendance and report cards easy to use! As far as the gradebook concern you have, you can mark the assignments as "N/A" (Not Assigned) for the students that are on a different level rather than "Not Turned In". N/A will not count against the student. It records in your gradebook as if that assignment does not exist for those students. I hope that helps!

I am sorry to see you only gave us 3 stars for customer service. If there is anything we can do to improve our customer service for you please let us know! We take pride in being very responsive and listening to all of our users :)

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Stephanie Hassapes

Excellent customer service!

2020-05-07

Pros

Alma has been a great solution for our attendance, grading and communication systems needs.

Cons

It would be nice to be able to change a grade transferred from Google classroom without needing to go into that assignment in Google. Automatic grade updates or syncing from Google classroom would be helpful too, as I often forget to re-sync Google assignments in ALMA.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Gary King

Always wishing it were better.

2018-02-26

I wish that the attendance function did not default to "present" unless I actually mark present, and I wish that there were a way to create a seating chart that interfaced with the attendance.

Pros

Being able to access school-wide student schedules and contact information is helpful.

Cons

Does not have the capability to create a seating chart for attendance. Roster printing is inefficient.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Hi Gary, We always want it to be better too, which is why we have teams of industry experts issuing weekly updates to Alma based on customer feedback. We're glad you find the assignment management, data summaries, and access to information helpful. Your suggestions have been logged and potential solutions are being explored.

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Mark Walls

This is my first year using ALMA student management system. It has been easy to learn and navigate.

2018-02-26

productivity

Pros

Intuitive tools. Reporting is mostly flexible.

Cons

Pictures of students on attendance screen would be helpful.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Thanks, Mark! We love hearing how easy Alma is to use.

And thanks for the excellent suggestion regarding the photos. We have passed on to our development team! (Until then, have you tried increasing your browser magnification?)

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Caitlin Jones

Alma changed the way we look at student information!

2018-03-09

Pros

The visual interface is intuitive and logical in its progressions.

Cons

It is still difficult to create your own reports, but the interface is progressing.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Hector Martinez

Great at what it does, though limited in what it does...

2018-03-06

Fast/easy learning curve.

Pros

Beautiful interface. Easy on teachers and admins.

Cons

Lack of Google integration (email, calendars...). Clunky calendar features.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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