Skyward School Management Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Skyward School Management

Classroom Management, School Administration, School Accounting software

4.42/5 (97 reviews)

Skyward School Management overview

Pricing

Value for money

Devices

Web-based

Business size

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

Markets

United States

Support options

Phone Support, Online Support
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Skyward School Management reviews

Excellent
56
Very good
30
Average
9
Poor
0
Terrible
2
Value for money
Features
Ease of use
Customer support
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  4.3
Leslie Little

Awesome tool for teachers, students and parents

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-03-20
Review Source: Capterra

Up-to-date information about my child's progress in school, missing assignments, grades on tests and projects. Especially my for high school student, this info can be hard to get from them and so many times you do not know about issues until it is too late. I open Skyward every night at the dinner table and we talk about grades, upcoming exams and papers. She knows I am looking and it helps her to stay on task.

Pros
There are so many functions in one place. Check grades, missing assignments, email teachers, lunch calendar, etc. Multiple children in a family can be easily accessed together.

Cons
When emailing a parent/teacher, they cannot respond back directly. I wish they could. It would make the line of communication more direct. But, at least they can read the message and respond back by another means.

Response from Skyward


Thanks so much for the kind words, Leslie! Regarding the con, there is an option in the message center to enable direct replies. You may want to talk to your Skyward administrator about turning that on if it would be beneficial.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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John Pimental

QMLATIV is the most intuitive software!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-02-11
Review Source: Capterra

We're using it both Business and Student and it's just easy to use.

Pros
I have experience with pretty much every SIS in Wisconsin and Qmlativ is definitely the easiest to use. The intuitive nature of it makes it easy to get stuff done. The technical support is the best I've seen in the industry. Everyone is very knowledgeable and is kind.

Cons
I wish Skyward Business and Student are merged, but I know they're working on that. Still would be nice!

Response from Skyward


Thanks for your awesome review John. From the beginning, one of the main goals of Qmlativ was ease of use, so we are happy you are finding it to be intuitive.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Skyward Educator Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-28
Review Source: Capterra

Skyward has been great for me as a teacher. This year we had some scheduling issues with Skyward as an entire school but other than that it has provided all of the promised features and more for my school district.

Pros
Skyward is the software my company uses to track attendance,grades, student information and scheduling. This product is pretty easy to use for the most part. The dashboard of the main page can be used to navigate the system. It offers various button for attendance and grading. There are other functions this product offers that I do not have access to an a teacher. I like that I can put in my grades and apply specific grading critera with click of a button. I also enjoy that I can look back at previous classes I have taught and previous gradebooks. Overall I like that Skyward intergrates with some of the other software programs that I use as well. This makes a teachers life easy.

Cons
Skyward has many positives as a teacher I do wish that it gave you the option to assign a 50 for all missing assignments in he gradebook as this is the way most schools are going. Other than that overall I think Skyward works well and provides schools with a decent platform for their needs.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Amy Hulce

Skyward

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-03-27
Review Source: Capterra

Good product, overall easy to use and navigate through

Pros
Great product for student records. Easy to locate information

Cons
the special education side of the program is not fluid for reporting

Response from Skyward


We appreciate your review Amy. Hope everything is going ok for you and your staff in Wisconsin Rapids. Be sure to let us know if you need anything.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Teresa Bonamie

Skyward review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-01-20
Review Source: Capterra

This is my district's 7th year using Skyward. I am the counseling secretary in our high school and work in Student Management. I am also a security manager for our district. Honestly, when we made the transition to Skyward I was very unhappy. I didn't find Skyward to be very user friendly and I wasn't pleased with the customer support response time. Oftentimes I was unable to find a way to make Skyward do what I needed. However, as the years have passed, Skyward has made improvements to the program, I have learned the system better and the customer support live chat option is a huge timesaver. Now, I really enjoy using Skyward. I have the dubious distinction of being our district's "Skyward guru" and I believe I've learned a lot through exploration in my efforts to assist others. When I can't find answers, I know that help is only a live chat away! I would definitely recommend Skyward to other districts.

Pros
Possibly my favorite aspect of Skyward is the ability to dump data directly into Excel. This is a huge timesaver and allows me to manipulate, sort, share and utilize data as needed. I also like the ability to create reports based on my needs using Data Mining.

Cons
There are still a few things that I wish I could do in Skyward, that I can't, such as use activity groups to run certain reports/schedules. Occasionally, we experience what I call "Skyward quirks" when something doesn't work right one day, but it works the next. Recently, our library parapro ran a report and new that the info displayed wasn't wholly accurate. I checked her format and everything was good. I printed it with the same results. I cloned the report, changing nothing, and ran that and it was accurate. The next day her report worked properly again.

Response from Skyward


So glad we were able to grow together, Teresa, and turn a negative experience into such a positive one. Thank you for all you do to help your district get more out of Skyward.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Connie Kuhnke

LOVE SKYWARD

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-01-13
Review Source: Capterra

I have always loved this program once I started using it (2001?), it was PAC back then. Like everything in life, skyward needs some tweeks:) That is why you have four stars, also if you were to get five stars then we wouldn't need you anymore and believe me there are times I need your help. That all said, I work with Food Service, there are a few tips & tricks I would love to learn from you. I wish you offered a one-on-one quick tip sessions to sign up for.

Pros
Easy to use, can do multiple windows to jump from one area to another is huge!

Cons
Food Service application letter set up:(

Response from Skyward


Hi Connie, thank you so much for the kind words! It was a nice trip down memory lane to see your PaC reference. Regarding those quick "tips and tricks" training sessions, keep checking in at skyward.com/quickhits and skyward.com/academy for relevant training and resources. We're always looking to deliver a better experience, so you can be sure site visits and localized training sessions are things we are considering as we look to the future.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Brian Pfeiffer

So much potential!

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-12-11
Review Source: Capterra

I use skyward as an Assistant Principal at a High School. I am constantly looking up where students are to pull them. Constantly looking at there grade, attendance and contact information.

Pros
-You can input almost anything into a student's profile and easily find what you are looking for. -You can run numerous reports on anything. However, you have to know exactly what you want and how to do it. You will have to get training or read up on it. -Easy for parents and students to view on your phone. -Numerous options for attendance. Absent, Tardy, walked out, didn't come back from lunch, skipped, truant, doctor, excused, and about 20 more. The only one it doesn't have is absent because more than 15 minutes late.

Cons
-There is no easy way to print student grades, schedules and absences. It's not hard, but it's a lot of steps. Find the schedule, print the schedule to PDF, open the PDF, and then finally print the PDF. Attendance and grades are exported to excel and then you have to change the format to print on one page. Like I said, it's not hard, but why can't you just hit print. -When searching for a student with a common name, sometimes the system doesn't show all of them. -It does not tell you a student's current grade. It will show you T1, T2 and S1. T1 and T2 are the progress reports and S1 is the semester average, but it doesn't show the most current.

Response from Skyward


Thanks for your feedback Brian. Getting input from our users is a priority at Skyward and we invite you to join our User Research Panel by visiting the Support area of our website.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Whitney Brown

AMAZING!!!!!!!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-05
Review Source: Capterra

I HAVE REALIZED THAT TIMES HAVE CHANGED FOR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL NOW BECAUSE THEY CAN'T TRICK THEIR PARENTS INTO THINKING THAT THEY HAVEN'T RECEIVED THEIR REPORT CARDS BECAUSE OF THE SKYWARD SCHOOL MANAGEMENT APP.

Pros
I LOVE THAT SCHOOLS OFFER SKYWARD TO PARENT SO THAT THEY CAN KEEP UP WITH THEIR CHILDREN'S HOMEWORK AND CLASS WORK AS WELL AS ALLOWING PARENTS TO ADD MONEY TO THEIR KIDS LUNCH ACCOUNTS. YOU CAN SEE YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN'S GRADES AS WELL AS WHICH ASSIGNMENTS THEY ARE MISSING. YOU CAN ALSO SEE HOW MANY QUESTIONS THEY MISSED ON A QUIZ OR TEST. IT ALSO ALLOWS YOU TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD LISTED AND THEY ALL CAN BE AT DIFFERENT SCHOOLS. AMAZING!!!!!

Cons
There isn't anything that I don't like about this software. It is the best thing that they have created.

Response from Skyward


Thank you so much for the great comments Whitney. We're so glad that you are enjoying a positive experience with Skyward's Family Access.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Mary McDonald

Teacher's Life made easy

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-15
Review Source: Capterra

Overall Skyward is a great tool for teachers to track everything they need to in a classroom. I like that I can keep all of my information in one easy place.

Pros
Skyward to a great way to keep track and manage many different parts of being a classroom teacher. I am able to use it for grading, absences, accommodations , scheduling and getting information about a student.

Cons
Sometimes I find it hard to access the messaging center. I would like there to be a quick button available to allow contact with the parents about the progress of my students.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Michael Lakner

Skyward in the Classroom

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-02-29
Review Source: Capterra

Skyward was reliable and fairly easy to use for the day to day functions of a classroom.

Pros
I enjoyed the simplicity of everyday use for attendance and entering grades. I also enjoyed the connectivity from administrators to teachers.

Cons
I didn’t enjoy the complexity of grades for midterms and report cards. It took a while to enter all comments and run the report.

Response from Skyward


We appreciate your feedback Michael. Making sure Skyward is easy to use remains a top priority with our product team.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Skyward School Management features

Collaboration Tools
Attendance Management
Billing & Invoicing
General Ledger
Payroll Management
Class Scheduling
Enrollment Management
Financial Management
Assessment Management
Fixed Asset Management
Document Templates
Student Portal

Additional information for Skyward School Management

Key features of Skyward School Management

  • Attendance Tracking
  • Built in LMS
  • Gradebook
  • Course Management
  • Test Building
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Accounts Payable
  • Class Loading
  • Fund Accounting
  • Grade Management
  • Admissions Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Online Calendar
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Student Information/Records
  • K-12
  • Independent/Private
  • For Private Schools
  • K-12
  • For Special Education
  • Special Education
  • Curriculum Management
  • Purchasing
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • For Classroom
  • Student Information/Records
  • Real-time Chat
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Randomization of Students
  • Behavior Management
  • Student Activity Eligibility
  • Discipline Management
  • Transcripts
  • Report Cards
  • Multi-School Management
  • Billing Statements
  • School District
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Cafeteria Management
  • Clinic Management
  • Classroom Management

Benefits

Skyward is built around the idea that it's time for leaders to start looking beyond just the software. Preemptive support, future-ready flexibility, and the tools to build a high performing culture are just some of the results you can expect.