About Alma

Alma builds critical SIS tooling that significantly improves school operations and empowers educators to foster better student outcomes, so we can help you create the greatest generation of educators, so that they can create the greatest generation of students.
Impressively designed and easy to use, Alma provides the industry's best SIS, including: mobile, fees, admissions, enrollment and registration, student demographics, attendance, advanced scheduling, discipline, grades, state reporting, custom report cards, parent portal, student portal, standards-based grading, and more.

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Trial
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Key benefits of Alma

● Alma is an integrated student information and learning management system that automates school management workflows, helping these institutes to save time and money.

● The tool helps school administration in processing student data and workflow management by providing features such as a contact database, data management, medical records management, attendance tracking and fee collection.

● The product empowers teachers with tools to support their instructional approach by offering features such as course management, curriculum design, progress reports and assignment management, as well as integrating with Google Classroom.

● Schools can design report cards, change bell schedules and identify unique rubrics per class as per their requirements using the extensive customizable options offered by the software.

● Alma also offers a district package that supports unlimited schools at no additional fees and provides access to reporting and school details with a single sign-on per user.

● From inquiry through enrollment, Alma Start transforms your entire admissions and registration experience.

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Markets

Andorra, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Albania, Armenia, Curaçao, Angola, Antarctica, Argentina, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Aruba, Åland Islands, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Barbados, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Burundi, Benin, St. Barthélemy, Bermuda, Brunei, Bolivia, Caribbean Netherlands, Brazil, Bahamas, Bhutan, Bouvet Island, Botswana, Belarus, Belize, Canada, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Congo - Kinshasa, Central African Republic, Congo - Brazzaville, Switzerland, Côte d’Ivoire, Cook Islands, Chile, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cape Verde, Curaçao, Christmas Island, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Djibouti, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Ecuador, Estonia, Egypt, Western Sahara, Eritrea, Spain, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Micronesia, Faroe Islands, France, Gabon, United Kingdom, Grenada, Georgia, French Guiana, Guernsey, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Gambia, Guinea, Guadeloupe, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, Guatemala, Guam, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Hong Kong SAR China, Heard & McDonald Islands, Honduras, Croatia, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Isle of Man, India, British Indian Ocean Territory, Iraq, Iran, Iceland, Italy, Jersey, Jamaica, Jordan, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Comoros, St. Kitts & Nevis, North Korea, South Korea, Kuwait, Cayman Islands, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, St. Lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Libya, Morocco, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, St. Martin, Madagascar, Marshall Islands, North Macedonia, Mali, Myanmar (Burma), Mongolia, Macao SAR China, Northern Mariana Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Montserrat, Malta, Mauritius, Maldives, Malawi, Mexico, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, New Caledonia, Niger, Norfolk Island, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Norway, Nepal, Nauru, Niue, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Peru, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pakistan, Poland, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Pitcairn Islands, Puerto Rico, Palestinian Territories, Portugal, Palau, Paraguay, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Sudan, Sweden, Singapore, St. Helena, Slovenia, Svalbard & Jan Mayen, Slovakia, Sierra Leone, San Marino, Senegal, Somalia, Suriname, South Sudan, São Tomé & Príncipe, El Salvador, Sint Maarten, Syria, Eswatini, Turks & Caicos Islands, Chad, French Southern Territories, Togo, Thailand, Tajikistan, Tokelau, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Tonga, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Taiwan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uganda, US Outlying Islands, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Venezuela, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, Samoa, Yemen, Mayotte, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, zh-hant

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
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Features

Total features of Alma: 129

  • API
  • Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • 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
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Discipline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Assignments & Tests
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Evaluation Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • For Classroom
  • Forms Management
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Independent/Private
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • K-12
  • LMS Integration (LTI)
  • Learning Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Performance Metrics
  • Personalization
  • Planning Tools
  • 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
  • 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
  • Transcripts
  • Two Way Audio & Video
  • Two-Way Audio & Video
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Management
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Weighted Assignments
  • Whiteboard
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5
(263)
Value for Money
4.2/5
Features
4.0/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.6/5

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James W. James W.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Glad we're using Alma

Reviewed on 15/06/2019

Pros

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.

Response from Alma

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

April W. April W.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Alma Software Review (SBG school)

Reviewed on 13/07/2021

Support has been very helpful, typically it seems we have questions that either haven't been asked...

Support has been very helpful, typically it seems we have questions that either haven't been asked before or are not implemented yet. Faculty/staff is able to access the reports tab which helps them track students and contacts quickly and has access to student records and class schedules.

Pros

Alma is easier than our former software and allows us to use our Standards Based Grading which is our priority. Parents were able to quickly learn how to use the system and the attendance feature is great. Students were also able to learn the system and although it doesn't have a comprehensive calendar with their schedules and our school activities, they were able to use the daily tab to track their classes.

Cons

The calendar is static and unable to be exported to phones/other calendars so we had to create an app for that. The reports are not as in-depth as needed and we aren't able to save our filters/criteria that we use often. They are still working on SBG reporting so many items we aren't able to track as we typically do through reports. The report card set up is limited for what we need in our report cards; we had to use every work-around to get a report card as we needed, but they do work now.

Alternatives Considered

Schoology and PraxiSchool

Reasons for Choosing Alma

K-12 was trying to start Standards Based Grading but didn't meet our deadline.

Reasons for Switching to Alma

It has what we needed for Standard Based Grading both in assignments and report cards for tracking.
Kathryn S. Kathryn S.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

Alma is not providing teachers with and easy to use platform for grading, attendance, etc.

Reviewed on 23/02/2018

Pros

I like that I can look up any student in our school and see that student's schedule and current information.

Cons

1. Our students (Seniors especially) cannot get their current transcripts. This is troubling for many reasons. Perhaps the most important being their choices for scholarships and higher education will be affected by this. Students cannot apply for financial assistance through scholarships without current transcripts. I have personally spoken with at least three students who have missed out on scholarship opportunities, simply because they cannot access current transcripts.
2. Can't see overall student GPA
3. Can't see student class rank
4. Student Mobile usage is very confusing. Can't see grades the way they should.
5. Ease of access is horrible
6. No mobile app, and mobile website is very difficult to read
7. Not organized well
8. When emailing "all students" I cannot exclude certain classes; I can't email multiple classes at once without including EVERYONE
9. For attendance, it is very confusing. If a student is marked present first class, they are marked present for the entire day. This was clearly set up for use in an Elementary School. High School is different. We need to be able to see where our students are throughout the day.
10. Inputting grades takes many more steps than our previous system. There is no way to toggle between students with the keyboard.
11. There should be a way to block certain people from seeing certain information. At the beginning of the school year, student Social Security Numbers were viewable by any teacher or staff in our building.

Response from Alma

Below we briefly address each of your concerns. But, because your satisfaction is our starting point, we will also follow-up for a deeper conversation about this. We want you to be elated with Alma!
#1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11) We do provide the functionality you're describing and would love to review each item with you. Based on the information you provided, these concerns may indicate further training is needed. Your Account Manager will be in touch soon or you can always contact us through our in-app support.
#5 and 7) Most of Alma¿s users love our ease-of-use, navigation, and access, but as with all things, we can/will keep getting better. Let¿s discuss further.
#4 and 6) Depending on the phone size and the gradebook in use, the experience for viewing student grades on a phone can be less than ideal. We are actively exploring more options.
#8) Great idea! This is the first time we have heard this, so thank you for bringing it to our attention. Your suggestion has been logged

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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Good if your users are not picky

Reviewed on 05/10/2021

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

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

Pros

Web based
Fast
Quick support
Google SSO
SAS

Cons

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.

Alternatives Considered

PowerSchool Unified Classroom and Schoology

Reasons for Choosing Alma

Complete suite must be web based on the cloud

Reasons for Switching to Alma

Lower cost Technical support
Ivana B. Ivana B.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Ivana B's Review

Reviewed on 20/01/2021

Pros

The software enables us to have all the data related to students, teachers, curriculum and assessment in one place. There are many things that are just "one click" tasks and things don't have to be re-done at the beginning of each school year. They can just be copied, transferred, modified... I also like that there is always a solution to everything, even if an option does not exist in the system, the support team helps find ways to make sure we get what we need.

Cons

There are some things that we would like to have. For example: the option to show attendance on the report card per class (as opposed to per day), or the option to include a digital signature on the cover. These are some tiny things that we have found ways to resolve, but we have communicated them with the support team and we feel confident that they take our feedback into consideration.

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Alma has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

Alma supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, zh-hant

Alma supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Alma integrates with the following applications:

Acorn, Amplify, BSM Illuminate, Blackboard Learn, BusBoss, CANVAS, ClassLink, Destiny Library Manager, EDULOG, Edval, Enrich, Finalsite LMS, GG4L Connect, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Drive, HealthOffice, Intercom, Kindful, LINQ, LinkIT, McGraw-Hill Connect, Mosaic, One Call Now, Parchment, ParentLink, ParentSquare, ProMed, Renaissance, Salesforce Platform, School LunchTime Software, Schoology, Seesaw, Signal Vine, Thrillshare, Versatrans Product Suite, Xello, i-Ready, pivot

Alma offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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