Alma Features

Alma

Rethink SIS.

4.15/5 (150 reviews)

Alma Feature Summary

  • Attendance management
  • Basic reporting
  • Automate school management workflow
  • Assessment tracking
  • Advanced scheduling features
  • Streamline communication with parents
  • Text alerts, phone calls, emails
  • Parent/student portal
  • Report cards
  • Data Visualization
  • Filtering
  • School calendar
  • Ad hoc and custom reports
  • Bus route management
  • Demographic data
  • Instructional dashboard
  • Assignment management
  • Contacts
  • Voice messaging
  • Course Management
  • learning management
  • records management
  • single sign on
  • 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

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Alma Feature Reviews

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

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

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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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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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

If I ever needed information on a student, all it took was the click of a button.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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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

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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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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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

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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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

Consistent interface and navigation.

Cons

Pictures of students on attendance screen would be helpful.

Rating breakdown

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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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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

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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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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

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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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
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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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 also wish teachers could set preferences, like a memory or default setting, so that I wouldn't have to click between tabs if that was not a frequently used tab (for instance, clicking "details" instead of seeing the student roster when checking assignments).

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
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Heather Wilkinson

I use the software to input data as an administrative assistant.

2018-03-02

Pros

If you are working on a specific section, like attendance, you don't have to click through to the tabs every time you change the student profile.

Cons

It did take me awhile to figure out what reports were useful to my needs - better description of the report options.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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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.

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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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Michael Thompson

Valuable SIS

2016-10-03

For a light Student Information System, Alma provides a well design User Interface and great customer support.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Hi Michael,
Thank you for your kind words! We are pleased to hear that you find Alma to be a well-designed, valuable tool. We have enjoyed working with you as well!
Best,
Kelly

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Susan Piper

Dysfunctional, Disorganized, Shallow, Time Consuming, Primitive, Not intuitive, Poor Design

2018-03-09

None

Pros

It does not fit the size of our organization and the design structure is too primitive.

Cons

*the que*lack of confidentiality*process of accessing information, having to scroll through entire population to select students for reports*scheduling functionality is primitive* data reliability and validity for student grades and transcripts* student and parent use has diminished* report card processing is cumbersome* student display of schedule; no full year* student print out of schedule and on and on

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

1/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Wow, Susan. We are dismayed to see your experience with Alma doesn't match the rest of our users! Thank you for the feedback.
As you can see from nearly all of Alma's other reviews, this seems to be an isolated issue with just your school. (We are even getting stellar reviews from others in your district, and in your school.)
Alma is built to handle any size school or district - big and small, so we may need to drill down and figure out what training is still needed.
We understand change can be challenging, which is why our world-class customer service team is always here to help.
Our platform is widely recognized as having the most intuitive design and easy to use interactivity, while providing the deepest data insights available.
We look forward to improving your experience!
Your account manager will reach out to help you through this transition.

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Linda Kihlthau

This was my first year using Alma. Our school has used it for 2 years

2018-06-28

Pros

I like the ease of keeping attendance and being able to email the parents.

Cons

I am having trouble learning the report card program.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Bonnie Meyerson

It took me a while to get used to Alma but once I did, I love it.

2018-07-02

It made tracking grades so easy!

Pros

It makes grading and reporting easy.

Cons

At first, I was confused about how to send in report card grades for the class I teach.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Alma has made life so much easier!

2018-02-26

Pros

I am able to click on a student name and see their siblings, parents, attendance, report cards, disciplinary infractions and so on with just a few clicks!

Cons

There are a few minor improvements which we have asked Alma to improve, and they have been responsive to these adjustments.

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

Response from Alma


"Alma has made life so much easier!" -- music to our ears. Our easy-to-use interface and powerful (yet incredibly flexible) technology is why so many schools and districts are making the switch to Alma!
Thank you for the feedback, we appreciate it.

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Dave Sterritt

I have really grown to like this program

2016-03-17

I have had problems trying to get attendance records for the whole class at the end of the semester.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Hi Dave, We will be improving the attendance reports available to teachers for next year. I agree that it can be cumbersome to look at records on a class by class basis as a teacher. Thank you for the feedback and we will let you know when those new reports are available!

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April Hathaway

People are unhappy thru out the school system, very disappointing.

2018-02-28

Face page has all in one, everything needed for information of a student.

Pros

I like how the reports card area is set up, altho we can not print them easily without a pdf converter!

Cons

Reports -reports are not in pdf forms as needed.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

2/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Hi April, This is great feedback! Every user has different needs with the data produced in reports. Some users want to manipulate the data, which is when excel and CSV files are best. And others wish to see and share the data in a more formal way. That is when PDFs are most helpful. Depending on the report, we can make PDF an option as well as CSV! Your Account Manager will reach out to better understand which reports we should amend.

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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

We are also working towards a Data Warehouse solution that is still in the building stages.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Hannah Miley

User-friendly and great customer service!

2015-06-11

Parents enjoy up-to-date information about their children's progress in class.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Alma


Hi Hannah, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so pleased that you are finding Alma is saving your team time! We look forward to another successful year with The Stonehaven School :)

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Brett Edwards

An Excellent Product

2015-06-18

Compared to other school management software options we think Alma is a great value.

Rating breakdown

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

Response from Alma


Hi Brett! We will continue to improve our product because of users like you who give us thoughtful suggestions and insights. We look forward to another great year with The Stonehaven School!

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April Bentley

Easy to use and provides an enjoyable experience.

2018-05-04

I am able to quickly get in touch with my students at any time regarding any matter that needs to be addressed.

Pros

I also am a fact that I can create a file report for each student and write notes daily to track their progress.

Cons

I wish that the software gave me the ability to see absences as well as when students have been tardy.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Sten Swanston

Alma is visually appealing to students, staff, and parents. Navigating the system is intuitive.

2018-02-27

Connection to google classroom is great. Students can easily access and utilize the system.

Pros

Alma offers custom reports to meet the individualized needs of schools.

Cons

Waiting for an upgrade so that data can be more easily customized.

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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