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We have reduced our printing costs, improved communication with parents, and successfully submitted our PIMS state reports. Communication with Alma has been great.
Good, reliable functionality and meets all our basic needs at a reasonable cost.

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April B.

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Easy to use and provides an enjoyable experience.

Reviewed 6 years ago

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

Pros

I like the fact that this software is simple to use with no prior instructions needed to start. I was able to accurately use the software the same day that I bought it meaning that I was able to really get a grasp on how it works. I also am a fact that I can create a file report for each student and write notes daily to track their progress. This is not something that seems to be common with software, but I appreciate the added touch.

Cons

I wish that the software gave me the ability to see absences as well as when students have been tardy. Having this information handy would allow me to file my reports more accurately. I also am not a fan of the price tag, I feel as though it could be cheaper.

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Camrynne S.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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Great user interface

Reviewed 3 years ago

The transition from a different software was pretty smooth. Support has been helpful. Our teachers are happy with the system. Parents haven't complained. No real hidden fees (unless we want to have them add custom fields or custom reports). We are happy with Alma, and looking forward to ongoing development of additional functionality.

Pros

Alma has a great user interface! It is much more intuitive, FUN, and easy to use than the software we were using previously. It really shines in the LMS arena. Our registrar is very happy with how the class configuration, grades, report cards, etc. work in Alma. Our teachers appreciate the ease of use and the integration with Google Classroom. Our parents appreciate not having to pay for the app. We appreciate that so far there aren't a lot of extra add-ons that you have to pay for. The pricing tiers are very straightforward. They roll out new features/functionality regularly.

Cons

Because Alma started as an LMS and added SMS/SIS functionality, you can see that it shines the most in LMS functions. There have been quite a few data fields that we were accustomed to using in our old system that do not exist in Alma. You can pay extra to have them developed/added, but there is no way to do that yourself. As for reports, there are good default reports in the system, and you can do...

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Kris C.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great value, excellent support

Reviewed 4 years ago

Our biggest benefit with Alma in the last two years was when they implemented their online enrollment process. At the time, we were considering moving from Alma to PowerSchool to gain this function as we were still doing paper application and enrollment. PowerSchool was quoting $20,000 to provide this, and that was a discounted price! Alma's online enrollment was brand new, but I spent a month going through their Study Guide to create our first process. The online support was a huge help! At the end of that 30 days, I was able to confidently recommend to our Head of School that we say "no" to PowerSchool and stick with Alma. This feature and many others have only improved since then. We appreciate that Alma charges us less and lets us create this and other processes for ourself.

Pros

The support for Alma is exceptional! As I am learning to use different features the Help guides & live support answer all my needs in a timely manner. I brag on the Alma support to other companies who are not as helpful. I also appreciate how Alma listens to my suggestions for improvements. In the almost two years I have used the product, I have seen many of the features I have asked for being implemented. I get a regular email (weekly or bi monthly) that updates me on new features and almost every time, there is something there that I have been wanting. You've got to love a company that listens to and responds to its customers.

Cons

Alma has added many features that I didn't even know I wanted - thank you! The only feature they do not yet have is a way to accept and charge for payments. We can track financial info on Alma, but cannot have it accept funds. That would be a huge thing for us because we could eliminate using a separate program for this feature - we actually use two: MySchool and TADS.

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Devendra Kumar S.

Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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"Experience the Power of Alma's Innovative Software Platform!"

Reviewed a year ago

We are using Alma to solve several business problems. Firstly, Alma enables us to manage our library/media collections and resources more efficiently and effectively. This includes providing our users with easy access to electronic resources and print materials, along with tracking and managing our collection. Additionally, Alma allows us to better serve our patrons by providing them with a more intuitive...

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The most impactful features of a product depend on a variety of factors such as the type of product and the industry it serves. Generally, features that provide the most value to customers, such as ease of use and integration with existing business processes, are most impactful. Additionally, features that provide a significant advantage over competitors, such as advanced analytics or automation, are also likely to be very impactful.

Cons

I feel that the product could be improved by adding a feature to allow users to easily customize the look and feel of their project dashboard. It would be helpful to have more options for customizing the layout and design of the dashboard. Additionally, it can be difficult to find specific tasks within a project or to quickly filter tasks. It would be great to have a feature to allow users to quickly filter tasks by keyword or tag. Integration with existing business processes could also be improved by providing more options for integrating with external services, such as Slack or Google Calendar.

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James W.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Glad we're using Alma

Reviewed 5 years ago
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Unlike other SIS's, Alma actually looks and feels like it was made in the 2010's. The system is solid, and has essentially every feature a smaller school like ours would want (and many more that we don't need to use). The gradebook is excellent, and it's easy to transfer classes and students from year-to-year. Their customer service has been great (we accidentally deleted multiple report cards in different places the other day and they quickly and helpfully solved our issue by restoring to a backup), and they are continually adding features and improving the platform. And the cost has been at least 50% less than quotes we were getting from major competitors. Many reasons to switch to Alma.

Cons

The latest transcripts update was helpful - there are still a couple of features we'd like on the transcripts front, but that's mostly because our school has a unique curriculum. This is totally just a personal preference, but I'd also like to be able to search for classes in the search feature in addition to contacts.

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What incredible feedback, James! Thank you so much and we look forward building on all of your school's successes!

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Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Good if your users are not picky

Reviewed 3 years ago

Was the right move at the right time (web based - SAS)

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Web based Fast Quick support Google SSO SAS

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Email editor is TOO basic. Report writer is not flexible, cost per extra fields. Retrieve unenrolled student's data from previous years should be easier. Apply changes to multiple classes, schedules, etc should allow to select randomly or by criteria. Backup/Restore feature not available. Mixed Letter, Numbers and Standards based grades are not compatible. Transcripts reports must allow more flexible design.

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Lynette V.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Alma: A Teacher's Point of View

Reviewed 5 years ago

Our overall experience has been satisfactory. We rarely have the "drama" we dealt with when using our previous software. Keeping up to date more quickly and making changes to make the teacher use more efficient and faster would be of big help.

Pros

Our school was first drawn to Alma because it combined a good software to meet student, parent, and teacher needs with great value. Customer service is fantastic. If any of us ask an online question, help is quick.

Cons

Alma takes a long time to keep up with the times. For example, we have used it several years, but they just added the ability to enter a score on one student's grade book for a given assignment, and then hit enter, and then an automatic opening to the next student's grade to enter. In effect, it now performs well with a number key pad. Entry was singularly entered one a time which was so slow. In addition, there should be a quicker way to approve report cards. Finally, because we want students to monitory their grades, it would be helpful for them to have their own password access for limited viewing, keeping the parent password private for fuller access.

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Jacob N.

Education Management, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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My Honest Review

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I loved that our district made a deal to get a group purchase for ALMA so it made the price just perfect for us. ALMA looks beautiful and is an excellent tool. It is such a powerful data tracking tool which is great when you're trying to analyze large amounts of data. I love that you can run an extract and upload it to CALPADS, it makes reporting so much easier! The customer support team always has a great attitude and truly feels like they love helping you.

Cons

One of the major CONS is that it is not yet fully approved by the state for reporting, which adds another step to program administrators to get it approved for attendance. That was a major bummer. Another CON is that because it is such a powerful system, some training is required if you hope to use it properly. When I started using it I thought I could just teach myself how to use it and ended up costing myself and my teachers a week or so of grief until I could get proper training. It's all in the settings. If you don't have those set up properly, then you're doomed. Once you train for 2-3 hours though with their great staff, it's a breeze after that!

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Ricky D.

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Love this tool. Love the customer service even more.

Reviewed 8 years ago

We moved from a very expensive and ridiculously difficult system to this one and it has made things so much easier. So far we use Alma mainly for the Grade Book and Attendance and it works really well. Attendance has gone through some changes since we signed up in September 2015 and this has caused a little confusion but once you understand what's happening (contact support) it's quite simple...

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Hi Ricky, We have LOVED working First Baptist Christian School and we look forward to many more years together! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. As you said, we are constantly improving the platform and we will keep you updated with any changes. Thanks! Elizabeth

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Karyn T.

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Awesome Program!

Reviewed 9 years ago

Pros: Price can't be beat; extremely user friendly; best customer service ever experienced - they listen to your needs and try to give you exactly what you want and they respond immediately; personal training for your school; help available by email and phone; product still being developed so as a customer you have a lot of input; live demo when deciding to use or not Cons: No accounting or student...

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Hi Karyn, Thank you for the kind words! The good news is we will have a discipline feature available for next year! We will not have a full accounting tool next year but we are building a fee tracking tool. If there are other features that could benefit Pleasant Grove don't hesitate to let Karen know. We are always adding new features!

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Yaacov S.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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An Education Driven Product!

Reviewed 4 years ago
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I love the value. After looking into many products, we chose Alma because it was the only affordable program that offered true mastery based grading. Alma also has world class customer service. The interface is clean and always being developed. We recently ugraded our service plan because we are so happy with the program.

Cons

There are some features that I would like to see developed, but that is true of every software. Over time, they will develop those features.

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Teacher H.

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In terms of vision, mission and execution Alma is far ahead of the competition

Reviewed 8 years ago

Alma is powerful, feature-rich and there exists no significant initial learning curve for teachers and students alike. For school administrators it is still pretty hard to setup correctly though. Especially, if your school is not a typical US school. In that case your requirements might differ, but Alma can and did definitely help with almost any situation imaginable. Alma's recent April'2016 upgrade...

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Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a meaningful review! Your feedback is very constructive. First, we are so happy to hear that you think very highly of our product. Our gradebook updates have been a big hit and we are constantly releasing new improvements as each week goes by. We are currently in the process of revamping our help docs and have created several video tutorials over the past year. Looking to learn more about a particular feature? Feel free to reach out and I will be glad to send our video tutorials your way! Regards, Kelly

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Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Great Value!

Reviewed 3 years ago
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ALMA is easy to use and easy to set up. New features are also added from time to time.

Cons

Non-American system schools might need some adaptation with the title, payment, etc.

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Nancy L.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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good solution for schools on a budget

Reviewed 5 years ago
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good, reliable functionality and meets all our basic needs at a reasonable cost

Cons

lack of customization; sometimes reports take a while to generate

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Lawrence G.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Better than Rediker

Reviewed 5 years ago

Much easier to use that Rediker where our faculty had given up trying. The promise of improved reporting and a flexible custom reporting application has not been met.

Pros

Ease of use. Modern look. Easy implementation

Cons

Limited reporting and no ability to produce customized reports is a major fault. Asking Alma to write reports is far too expensive. Lack of API's and other links to major software platforms such as Salesforce.com is a big problem

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William S.

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A great start for a well-designed platform.

Reviewed 9 years ago

So far Alma has met the vast majority of our needs as a school. The platform is continuing to grow and expand with refinement and features, but most importantly, it is the approach to integrate administrative tasks like class set up and scheduling together with learning management. While this isn't unique, the user-friendly design is. The design is what makes Alma stand apart from other platforms...

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Mark B.

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Better than we could have imagined.

Reviewed 8 years ago

We have been using Alma for several months now and are very pleased with it. Our school is not a regular school. We are a private k-12 school that has been in operation for 40 years. To aid us with accreditation we began searching for an LMS and SIS. Alma did an amazing job working with us to set up our non conventional systems of grading and scheduling. The people we have interacted with have been excellent and customer support has been phenomenal. Pros: Easy to use, great support and a good price. Huge value. Cons: Some of our weird situations aren't handled but they have done a great job working with us. We are putting our whole school on it as soon as possible.

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Mark, you know how much we love working with you! You always provide us with insightful feedback and help us to improve the product. We look forward to the whole school community using Alma!

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Chelsea M.

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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Great team tool

Reviewed 6 years ago
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This is a tool that is a smash up between Asana or BaseCamp and Slack. It's a great price-per-user for a small team.

Cons

This isn't as detailed as Asana or BaseCamp, so if you're looking for something with more personalization go with that instead.

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Patsy R.

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Great first year!

Reviewed 9 years ago

We had previously used Gradelink and we're happy with it until the price went up drastically. We searched for an alternative and found Alma and are so glad. The platform is much more user friendly and required no lengthy training sessions. Customer support was always readily available and very helpful. We won't be looking anywhere else for our SIS.

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Hi Patsy, Thank you so much for the kind words! It has been a pleasure working with New Hope Christian Academy this year and we are looking forward to a continued successful partnership for many more years to come :)

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Matt M.

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Really happy with the whole Alma experience

Reviewed 10 years ago

Pro: great staff; very responsive customer service and training. Pro: the system is very easy to use, and very robust - it has a lot of features Pro: far less expensive than the other programs we investigated Pro: they did our data entry for $2 per record Con: none Overall impression: we are so happy to be rid of our old system and have something user-friendly and robust.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Matt! We're happy to hear you're pleased with Alma, and look forward to continuing to support you and your school in the future.

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Brett E.

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An Excellent Product

Reviewed 9 years ago

Our school has been very pleased with Alma. It is easy to use for both teachers and parents. Alma continues to add features and elements improving their product. They have been very receptive to our suggestions. Compared to other school management software options we think Alma is a great value.

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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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A Work In Progress, but Progressing Beautifully!

Reviewed 8 years ago

Absolutely love working with this company. They are always there to lend a helping hand when frustrated. They are also working hard on making their software simple and accessible. As a company, they take feedback and in their updates make changes. The company is constantly adding new features! Price is great.

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Hi Zenab, We love working with your school as well! Thank you for the positive feedback and we will work hard to continue making you as happy as ever! :)