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EMPOWER is a student information system which offers recruiting, admissions, billing, reporting and alumni development features...

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Alma builds critical SIS tooling that significantly improves K-12 school operations and empowers educators to foster better...

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Pros

Not only is it an easy software to use but all of the support staff are extremely helpful, and always go above and beyond as far as database support and training. I highly recommend EMPOWER.
Imagetek has been a partner of Empower's for over 10 years and I've had the pleasure of working with them for the past 2.5 years. They are amazing to work with and care deeply about their clients.
The EMPOWER system is really user friendly. Student database is very useful and easy to use.

Pros

There are so many GREAT features about Alma, to list just one is hard to do. I love the feed back that I receive from parents, teachers and administrators stating what they love about Alma.
It has a lot of great features that make it flexible for the needs of different schools. Most importantly, the customer service is fantastic.
The customer support team always has a great attitude and truly feels like they love helping you.

Cons

My 2 biggest complaints related to reporting capabilities and no built in time and labor (& accruals for time off) software.
I have used several Financial Aid systems and this has to be one of the worse. The steps it takes to process basic financial aid information is simply time consuming and not worth the time.
The writing can be a little small and I'm unsure if you can have different fonts set up (this is user related, I dont know all the coding and such).

Cons

Nothing stands out as a negative. I would be searching to find something that dissatisfied us.
There is no option to batch print report cards all in one job. There is no page break option, so RCs end up getting copied to the backs of one-another if they have an odd number of pages.
I am not on the admin side but have heard a bit of frustration.
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Key features

  • Total features34
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Application Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Conferencing
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Discipline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollment Confirmation
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Collection
  • Fee Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • Forms Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent/Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Invoice Management
  • K-12
  • LMS Integration (LTI)
  • Learning Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile App
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Online Registration
  • Onsite Registration
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Raise Hand
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Records Management
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scheduling
  • School District
  • Scoring
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Special Education
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • Transcripts
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Visual Analytics
  • Wait List Management
  • Website Integration
  • Weighted Assignments
  • Whiteboard
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features137
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Application Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Blended Learning
  • Block Websites/Applications
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Conferencing
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Discipline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollment Confirmation
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Collection
  • Fee Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • Forms Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent/Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Invoice Management
  • K-12
  • LMS Integration (LTI)
  • Learning Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile App
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Online Registration
  • Onsite Registration
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Polls/Voting
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Raise Hand
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Records Management
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scheduling
  • School District
  • Scoring
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Special Education
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Support Audio/Images/Video
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • Transcripts
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Visual Analytics
  • Wait List Management
  • Website Integration
  • Weighted Assignments
  • Whiteboard
  • Workflow Management

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  • Total integrations19
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We have used this software for two years. Great experience!

Reviewed 5 years ago

Great SIS for our two school campuses.

Pros

--very easy to navigate -- continuously improving and upgrading features -- great customer service

Cons

-- transcripts have a simplistic look (very small font, no way to change anything in design) -- report cards design also needs a better look and an easier way for custom design

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A killer SIS.

Reviewed 6 years ago

Every SIS should be this easy and straight forward. The team at Alma is extraordinary. The product is easy to use and efficient.

Pros

Perfect. It give you all that you need from an SIS. I mean...it really is.

Cons

Limited scope. I am Director of Technology at a private school. The system is not as robust as a Blackbuad or Veracross, yet.

Vendor response

Hi Jean-Philippe, Thank you so much! I'm so happy to hear that you find our product so easy to use. And yes, we release product updates each week so continue to let us know what types of improvements you would like to see within the system - we listen and use every bit of feedback! Kelly

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Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

The best SIS I have worked with. Easy to use and quick customer service. Syncs with google classroom and user-friendly.

Cons

There were some features that Alma does not have. They are looking into updates.

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Easy to Use and Functional

Reviewed 2 years ago

Alma has allowed us to improve our communications within the school and with parents and students. Parents and students can see middle school students' grades and assignments. We also use it to broadcast emergency messages such as snow day closings.

Pros

Alma is very easy to learn and to use. It has a lot of great features that make it flexible for the needs of different schools. Most importantly, the customer service is fantastic. They get back to you quickly, are helpful, even pleasant with some of my "stupid" questions to which I should know the answer and are open to ideas for improvements and new features.

Cons

Some may wish for an "all-in-one" SIS/LMS system. Alma is more an SIS+ with some features that would allow a school to get away without an LMS, but certainly not all the features one would find in a combined SIS/LMS system. However, I think this is a good thing, as it provides flexibility to meet the needs of particular schools. For example, we are a Google Classroom school and don't currently use a full featured LMS such as Schoology or Canvas.

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Awful

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

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Cons

Reports and functionality. Can not run useful grade reports. No student rank. As SIS go this is one I would not recommend.

Vendor response

Hi Gregory, Thank you for your feedback. We truly appreciate you taking the time to help us improve the Alma experience. Change can be difficult, and while most Alma users have had positive experiences, we are continuously improving because our mission of serving educators like you is our life work. We would love to learn more about what you find useful when running grade reports. We have several options but if they are not meeting your needs we can certainly improve them! Your Account Manager will be in touch to learn more.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Moving to Alma from another SIS

Reviewed a year ago

Staff is in the process of learning how to perform their tasks in Alma as opposed to the previous SIS.

Pros

It is intuitive and easy to manage. Tasks such as scheduling is easy and quick. The Alma Start module allows you to quickly set up processes for registering / approving and enrolling new students.

Cons

The documentation could be better. There is no one Administration guide to get all the answer from. A chat feature from support would be a great help to get an answer quickly for simple questions.

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A solid program with good support that currently lacks a few features.

Reviewed 2 years ago

My overall experience with Alma has been very positive. I prefer this program to any other SIS that I have used.

Pros

Alma is very easy to use, even for those that are not particularly proficient with technology. It's functionality is improved from other SIS programs I have used in the past (Progressbook and Power School). As an administrator, I have far more control to make changes and adjustments that fit my staff and students. The customer support team is also very helpful and responsive.

Cons

There are some features that are missing. We have requested GPA-based grade calculation and some additions to transcripts that have not yet been implemented. However, several other features that we have requested have been implemented over the past two years.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Alma

An SIS to grow with

Reviewed 3 years ago

The move to Alma has been a great step for our school district. It is simpler and more comprehensive than our old SIS.

Pros

The customer service at Alma is unmatched. They are attentive to the growing needs of school districts and work to try to accommodate feature requests. From the parent side, the interface is simple and clean and has the pertinent information front and center.

Cons

The emergency alerting by phone is an area in need of improvement.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Reviewed 4 months ago

It is hard to navigate through unless you have worked with SIS in the past. The study guide is great but again only if you know where to find things.

Pros

It is easy on the eyes. Very organized for new users.

Cons

There are no straight forward reports. Alot of steps to take care of certain parts of the program.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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ALMA is what we were looking for....

Reviewed 2 years ago

This program has helped our students, staff, and parents utilize one student management system and use it to it's fullest potential. Each people group is able to pull from the system the vital information they need; some need more than others and the program has addressed all levels of information and all levels of user. That was important to us as we needed something that our staff could use to keep track of vital demographics, our teachers could use to track student grades and assignments and yet parents and students could log on and keep track of grades, test assessments and missing assignments. It meets the needs of every level.

Pros

This product is very easy to use, in real time and easy to understand. Novel users can open up this SIS program and navigate in order to find the information they are looking for.

Cons

We were one of the first public schools to sign on with ALMA, therefore we have evolved with the company. There have been some growing pains as we have evolved. The tech support teams have been gracious and very helpful in keeping us up to speed and rolling.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Principal's opinion (who has used multiple SIS systems)

Reviewed 3 years ago

I have had the most postive experience dealing with the Alma staff. I work at an International school in Southeast Asia and they will regularly make time to chat online.

Pros

- I love the integration with google classroom. In this way it essentialy forms an SIS and LMS into one. - I love that the staff is so progressive and open to feedback. Really kind people with a passion for education are the type of people I want to work with - I love that they are constantly updating to make the product better based on the feedback of their customers - I love that it is so well laid out and easy to use. People who have used other SIS systems can certainly appreciate this.

Cons

- I would like to see the integration of performance rubrics that can be tied to the gradebook

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Talk about awesome!

Reviewed 4 years ago

So far, absolutely brilliant, has really improved our school and their customer service is on point.

Pros

Very easy to use and intuitive, compared to nearly all School Information Systems on the market, Alma are most likely the only SIS that looks like it was made within the last decade as apposed to made in the late 90's. Alma looks beautiful, it's inviting and makes getting work done and organizing things an absolute pleasure. Alma has redesigned the workflow we have at our school and has increased productivity by a huge amount.

Cons

I wouldn't say there is anything like I like "least" about Alma, perhaps just that they are still working hard to improve their systems and to be patient with little updates. I think this goes for any SIS system.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Reviewed a year ago

Alma has been highly responsive. Their customer service beat all other SIS products that we have worked with. Many of the issues that we are having are due to a specific issues to California schools.

Pros

ALMA is colorful with a high ease of use for parents and students. It is easy to access and manage student and school data. Class scheduling is a breeze. We can accomplish more in one day that we could in one week with our previous product.

Cons

Printing report cards is a disaster. There is no option to batch print report cards all in one job. There is no page break option, so RCs end up getting copied to the backs of one-another if they have an odd number of pages. The only option is to print each .pdf individually. There are several remaining issues with data reporting for California accountability reports.

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A flexible and responsive product. Unbelievably effective and efficient.

Reviewed 2 years ago

We have reduced our printing costs, improved communication with parents, and successfully submitted our PIMS state reports. Communication with Alma has been great! The online resources and chat feature are very effective. Chat is answered within 10 minutes, often in less time. They have been responsive to our needs. Feedback from the teachers about their use of Alma has been very positive.

Pros

The user interface is very intuitive. Everything is where one would expect it to be within the program. Migration to Alma from our previous SIS was so straight forward and seamless that I was not sure the SIS was going to be ready on schedule. It was ready on schedule and very few issues have been encountered. Issuing digital report cards is very easy and our parents love it. We also communicate with our parents on a regular basis by using the email feature in Alma. Parents also have expressed satisfaction with the parent portal for checking their student's grades. Teachers find it very easy to use the gradebook.

Cons

Any concerns/needs we have expressed to Alma have resulted in instant inquiry and potential solutions.

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I want to love Alma but...

Reviewed 3 years ago

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

It's the only SIS that looks like it was designed in the past decade. The site itself is easy to use. The basics (scheduling, attendance, calendar, student bios, medical) are all well done, user-friendly, and look great. Gradebook is excellent. Frontline support is helpful.

Cons

Reporting is a nightmare. Reports come in random formats. The descriptions are confusing. The filtering is confusing or doesn't work right. The screen where you choose reports is just a long confusing list. There's no preview of what the report is or looks like. Some information that you'd expect to be readily available (like a student's current grades) require running one of those confusing reports to find. The district portal is useless. New features that have been added (fees, report builder) feel unfinished and lack basic functionality that one would expect. While the front-line support is good, anything that has to go beyond them gets lost in a black hole when sent to "engineering". There are some quirks to the program that just make no sense. Little things here and there.

Vendor response

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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Great first year!

Reviewed 7 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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Vendor response

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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I Love Alma

Reviewed 2 years ago

My overall experience has been great. As I was the one pressured to find a SIS software program for our organization, I am glad that I decided to go with Alma. I didn't know what the outcome would be but I am happy in the decision that I made.

Pros

It is very user friendly. It has everything that our school needs. It is also syncs data with other programs we use within our school.

Cons

There is nothing I least like about the software. If there is a change I would like to see made, all I have to do is contact customer care and they will reach out to their engineers to see if its possible.

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Alma SIS in a small, rural, school district.

Reviewed a year ago

The staff at Alma are excellent. The transition was difficult because it needed to occur over a short timeframe. But the support was there and we pulled it off.

Pros

Alma integrated well with Google Apps and provided integrations with other third party software. The interface and design were well thought out with the end-user in mind. Running reports and editing the data are easy and intuitive - and those are the most important aspects of an SIS. The support was excellent, and always available through the Alma Academy.

Cons

We would like a module that would allow our cafeteria software to integrate so parents could see their child's lunch balance in the same place they view their child's schedule, teacher, and fees. There were also growing pains, as state-required data collections differ in every state and sometimes this meant there were duplicate or similar data fields that confused some of our clerical staff.

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We switched from another school information system to Alma this school year and we think it is great

Reviewed 6 years ago

The Alma GUI is so simple to use that the parents, teachers, and students actually use it willingly. Our former SIS system was dependent upon drill down features which the users became lost in and refused to use it. If you can use a cell phone, then you can use ALMA. Its that simple.

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Vendor response

Hi Kyle, Thank you so much for the kind words! We try with every new feature we design to keep things as simple and intuitive as possible. We have loved and continue to love working with Oakland! You have a great team there :) Best, Elizabeth

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A Great SIS - and Getting Better

Reviewed 2 years ago

Our school has tried several different solutions for grading and record keeping, and Alma is by far the best we have encountered. We tried Power School (a user-unfriendly dinosaur) and internally developed software (effective but too labor-intensive and time consuming to develop and maintain), and Alma is far superior to both. I really cannot recommend Alma highly enough.

Pros

The best thing abour Alma is its ease of use. In addition, it has one of the most professional and responsive customer support departments I have ever encountered in any product or industry.

Cons

It does not yet have all of the functionality that we would like, particularly in the area of recording curriculum, but since we adopted it three years ago they have regulerly added new features and improved the functionality of what was already there. I really do believe that in short order they will address curriculum within the program, and at that point every major use we have for an SIS would be covered.

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Great SIS For Small Schools

Reviewed 2 years ago
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Alma is the most user-friendly SIS I've ever used. It's intuitive for admin, teachers, students, and families. The simplicity of it makes it very easy to navigate. Still, it's functionality is complete, especially for a small school. I have experience with some of the larger, more well-known systems, and they always felt clunky and hard to figure out if you didn't have a deep tech background. Amplify is easy to use out of the box.

Cons

My biggest complaint is that I wish the student ID was on every report available. I sometimes have to do a v-lookup to populate this info, which is an extra step. Also, I love that their support staff is readily available on chat. They sometimes even reply at night and on weekends! Sometimes though, I wish I could pick up the phone and call them for a more complicated question.

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Amazing ALMA

Reviewed 2 years ago

As I alluded to the Alma support staff is excellent and we have our SJA support staff for Alma too so we are doing well with the transition. Teachers have more at their finger tips for flexibility with report cards and that makes all of us so happy...actually its terrific to see them so pleased.

Pros

There are so MANY things at your fingertips as you delve into this great student information system! If you can't find them and/or understand them Alma's excellent support team will walk you through it.

Cons

Change in all facets of life is a challenge. Being accustomed to my previous SIS program there are things I miss and just can't have. Student Attendance is an important part of my daily life. It frustrates me that though student names are still alphabetical they are presented in reports by first name not last. In a true emergency LAST NAMES are what we are accustomed to look for. Sure I can go in and make up my own special document from excel but most likely NOT during an emergency.

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Alma

Reviewed 2 years ago

A lot of our files were in separate places (ie, paper copies, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc) prior to Alma and now have been collated in one software. This has allowed for an increase in efficiency among staff. Alma has been very helpful in the onboarding process and very attentive and willing to help out as much as they can. With the ongoing pandemic, the customer engagement staff member assigned to us has reached out often and checked in regarding our process.

Pros

I really appreciate the user friendly interface of the software. Most of the features are very intuitive and whenever I have questions, the customer engagement team responds quickly and with direct answers. The software also facilitates data sharing among administrators, parents, and teachers.

Cons

I do think that they could improve in some of the fields and attributes that are designated to the student's bio. They can also add a way to integrate the fees component to Alma Start so that parents can make payments through their processes. I also think that in the student SIS, the picture icon could be made larger or if clicked on become a bigger picture. While they have made improvements for the medical section by adding the immunizations feature, they should probably expand on that by adding other fields.

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Migrating to Alma

Reviewed 7 years ago

We are migrating to Alma for the 2015-16 school year. I have been watching this product for several years, and am looking forward to implementing it as our SIS system going forward. Customer support from Alma has been outstanding during our data migration, and they are very open to passing along suggestions for future updates to their development team. The user interface is very easy to understand, and I am looking forward to working on report card designs over the next few weeks and will try to update this review during that process.

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Hi Greg, It is nice to hear that someone who has watched us grow can see the value we can add to their school! We work really hard to keep things as simple and easy to understand as possible. We are looking forward to helping you implement Alma school wide next year!

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Better than we could have imagined.

Reviewed 7 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!