PowerSchool Student Information System Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

PowerSchool Student Information System

Student Information System software

4.36/5 (99 reviews)

PowerSchool Student Information System overview

Pricing

Value for money

Devices

Web-based

Markets

United States

Support options

Online Support, Phone Support

PowerSchool Student Information System reviews

Excellent
59
Very good
28
Average
6
Poor
1
Terrible
5
Value for money
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Ease of use
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Alison Wojahn

Student-based SIS, great usability, easy to learn, rigid yet pliable, modifiable.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-11
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
PowerSchool SIS is a great student-based SIS. It is easy to use, and easy to modify to what you need it to be. I like that we are able to modify and customize pages, it has made it easy for us to streamline the product to use for re-enrollment, pre-registration, and keeping up-to-date on student information. It has allowed us to bridge the gap between when PowerSchool did not yet have partner products and today where it has plenty of partners and other tools available, however, due to the customization we are able to do without many of the paid additions. I like that the software was also, easily learnable. I took over the role as PS Admin from a true tech genius, and was able to learn the software within a year, and make it my own within two while also teaching and working IT. I only had to consult a small handful of times for issues that even left them scratching their head, which is very reassuring.

Cons
While PowerSchool SIS is a great system, there are some areas that could use some help. There are plenty of times and locations where you will see the message "Cannot be undone." or "Submit only if you know what you are doing and it is absolutely necessary" or something to that effect, however, there are other areas where it is just as dangerous and nonreversible that lack any warning. We had a user delete three years worth of student grade records by hitting the return key in USM rather than hitting the button to modify. It went with the delete command, which is right next to modify (I would personally prefer them on opposite sides of the screen where I cannot personally mess that one up), but it also deleted without the checkbox to verify the delete command being checked. I also hate that as the scheduler (I do it all), I have to schedule twice essentially due to co-teaching, once to build the framework with the lead teacher in PowerScheduler, and again on the live-side to add co-teachers. Additionally, since this is a student-based SIS, there are some limitations for parents and families. There are a lot of times that we need to manually move data with families, the parent account setup, at least according to the parents, could be easier.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Kristen Dunford

PowerSchool Pros and Cons

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-31
Review Source: Capterra

Most days, PS is great. Of course we have made a lot of customizations to our system to get the functionality we want. We are hosted by PowerSchool and actually getting to talk to someone in the hosting is darn near impossible which is frustrating!! As a hosted customer, I should have a tech assigned to MY school and have a direct line to talk to that person when server issues arise.

Pros
We purchased PowerSchool in 2011 and have used it since. PowerSchool is a robust and user-friendly SIS.

Cons
PowerSchool bought it's self out a few year back. Since that time, I have not been on board with the business model. We are small district and PowerSchool is a premium product. Since the purchase, they have begun acquiring 3rd party vendors instead of updating their software. They pick one preferred vendor and that vendor has full access integration to PS but you pay top dollar for that integration. As small as we are, we cannot afford to add everyone of these integrations just to have a "better" system that we are already paying top dollar for! This is my biggest issue with PS at the moment.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Kelly East

PowerSchool Student Information System

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-02-05
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I use this as a parent AND as an educator. As a parent, I like being able to see how my children are doing any time that I would like to. As an educator, I like my students and their parents/guardians being able to see how their student is performing. I can also makes notes like "student slept", "didn't turn in assignment" etc. Helps eliminate confusion.

Cons
I love everything that I know about this software.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Angela Valentine

Challenging for Non-Traditional Schools

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-30
Review Source: Capterra

PowerSchool meets most of our needs. Because it is the same system used by our district it simplifies the process of transferring learners between other schools in our district and our school.

Pros
We are able to easily share data with the district who authorizes our charter school because we are in the same software. We can collect student demographics, contact information, grades, attendance, transfer information, and cumulative information all in one location. Through PowerTeacher we are able to combine the gradebook with the SIS. Once I became familiar with the field names I can easily get filtered lists of students. I can also pull simple Excel lists of specific fields. Parents and students are also able to login and see information about attendance, assignments, and grades.

Cons
I have found it very difficult to find any written information about the basic structure of the database. I struggled to find the specific reports I need and often have to "made do" with something that is close to what I'm looking for. As a charter school we are required to begin tracking data on students as soon as they apply to our school. We are not able to use PowerSchool for student records until they have been accepted so we have to use a separate database and then enter them into PowerSchool.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Audrey Yates

Least intuitive Student Information System I have used in 12 years of teaching

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-01-18
Review Source: Capterra

It is counter-intuitive. Please study other models before rolling out the next version.

Pros
I like that it updates the students every time I input a grade (after I hit "save"). That is motivational for students.

Cons
Please note that the cons that exist here are features that exist in almost every other SIS that I have used in my experience and prevent me from using this efficiently. Not in order: 1) I cannot toggle between the first quarter, second quarter, and semester exam. The semester exam is not even there. 2) If I want to input the same grade for an assignment for all students, there isn't a code where I can fill down or copy a score from one student to the rest. 3) The assignments automatically default to percent-based, so if I put a 10 out of 10, it comes out as 10%, and I have to remember to select "points" instead of percent. 4) If multiple classes have the exact same assignment but a different point-amount or dates, I cannot change particular features of that assignment for that class, once the assignment is created. 5) There is no symbol that calculates as a 0 but is a notification for absentees. Instead, they see the 0 (even if I have the green absentee symbol next to it), and automatically think, "That's it." It demotivates students, even if I repeatedly remind them they can make it up if they were absent. Other programs use "Z" for this feature. 6) I cannot press tab between columns. 7) The bar on the right with the number pad, student information, etc., that appears when inputting grades, takes up too much room, especially if I am splitting my screen between PowerSchool and a spreadsheet. Those are the top cons, but there are more.

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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Robert Cuatt

PowerSchool

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-12-09
Review Source: Capterra

We are on our second year, and it seems to be working well. The roll-over and reporting for state are handled very nicely.

Pros
This is a very user-friendly Student Information System for schools. The reporting features are great, and special education modules are better than most. They have a great content library as well.

Cons
I did not like the training sessions, and the pricing for these. These are additional expenses, and these sessions are purchased as training hour bundles. They do not roll over each year if they are not used.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Danieal Johnson

Best Software to Access Student Records for Parents

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-06-18
Review Source: Capterra

Informative and efficient in recording all student data.

Pros
I have a child in the 2nd and 11th grade. I am able to navigate both students information under one account. As a parent, I enjoy using Powerschool to stay up-to-date with my children teachers, classes and grades. I like how I can view every assignment, test, quiz or project; by its name, date and grade without contacting the teacher. Powerschool keep records of attendance, school events, and class schedules; to name a few. I like how the Powerschool software gives my children a sense of accountability. My high schooler cannot state any excuses of not knowing her assignments or grades. Students are provided with their own access to Powerschool which helps them keep up with their own grades.

Cons
The software generates each student with an username and password for the parents and students. The parent are allowed to change their password. Although, my information remains the same, I have had to recreate my account several times throughout the school year...using the same information!

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Tiffany Renaudette

Useful for data tracking

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-11-19
Review Source: Capterra

I use PowerSchool daily to track student attendance data. Additionally, all of my student demographic information is stored within PowerSchool, so it is convenient during emergency situations or when reporting out. As a parent, I can also access my own child’s information, which is nice. I just wish it was a bit easier to navigate. It takes me a bit to find what I need to - a lot of clicking buttons and hoping for the best!

Pros
As a classroom teacher, I do find it convenient to have access through this software to important information about my students, such as emergency contact info, birthdays, attendance data.

Cons
I don’t feel like this is a super user-friendly software. I can navigate now easily to the features I use daily, but other than that, it takes me a lot of clicking to get where I need to go! Navigation could be a bit easier.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Marie Smith

Great Resource for Students

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-30
Review Source: Capterra

Powerschool makes it easier for students , parents and teachers to keep track of a students progress. They also have available, the demographics of each student. This saves less time and saves the use of paper or different files on the computer. Everything is in one central location.

Pros
I like Powerschool Student portal. It is a great tool for both parents and students to keep track of student grading information. All the information for all classes and teachers are in one convenient location.

Cons
Powerschool has a lot of information and can be overwhelming to a new parent or student. More tutorials should be available for beginners.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Mindy Kimmel

Everything I need is right there!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-31
Review Source: Capterra

I teach in a junior high. One of my favorite features is being able to see how my students are doing in their other classes. If we have down time, I can check for zeros and help them get caught up.

Pros
I love PowerSchool! I use it for attendance, grades, and to access information about my students. I love that I can get everything I need in one place.

Cons
Really, there isn't anything I don't like about PowerSchool. I've used other systems and this is the one I prefer.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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PowerSchool Student Information System features

Class Scheduling
Enrollment Management
Student Portal
Progress Reports

Additional information for PowerSchool Student Information System

Key features of PowerSchool Student Information System

  • Attendance Tracking
  • Class Summary
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Admissions Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Library Management
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Student Information/Records
  • Gradebook
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Parent Portal
  • K-12
  • Independent/Private
  • Special Education
  • School District
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Classroom Management
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Grade Calculations
  • Parent Portal
  • Report Cards
  • Weighted Assignments
  • Curve Scores

Benefits

Robust reporting tools, gradebook supports both standards-based and traditional grading, mobile app for immediate access to student data. PowerSchool serves over 23 million students, over 41 million parents, and more than 1 million teachers.