PowerSchool

Leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 educatio

About PowerSchool

PowerSchool is a cloud-based K-12 platform, which helps small to large schools and district organizations conduct assessments, collect student data, digitize survey forms, recruit teachers, and track student progress. Features include grading calculation, course history, parent portal, drag and drop seating table, and data import and export.

PowerSchool provides a student information system module, which allows educators to gain insight into student behavior, manage attendance, generate report cards, communicate and collaborate with students, and share progress reports with parents. It includes an enrollment module, which helps register new students, customize admission forms, identify enrollment data trends, and collect online payments. It also assists teachers with translating documents and handling ‘positive behavioral interventions and support’ (PBIS) systems.

The platform facilitates integration with several third-party applications, such as TimeClock Plus, Horizon Education, Allovue, 911 Inform, APEX Learning, Canva, Meals Plus, Magic Wrighter, and more. PowerSchool ensures data protection and security via penetration testing, vulnerability scans, security operations center (SOC), and web application firewall (WAF) technology.


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4.4 /5
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4.2/5
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4.2/5
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

power school in your school

Reviewed on 06/11/2019

Love it. It’s a great platform to use for your school.

Love it. It’s a great platform to use for your school.

Pros

I love PowerSchool. I have used other platforms but none are as easy to use as this one. The amount of features available is incomparable to other platforms.

Cons

It was difficult to understand how to use at first. But once I began using I was able to pick up many of the ticks and tips.

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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The power of Powerschool is great

Reviewed on 07/05/2019

Pros

I have used powerschool both as a teacher and an administrator. What I like most about it is how well it does its job. It literally transforms how things are done. As a teacher I loved how well it was organized, well beyond what I could keep track of on my own and provided assistance in ways I didn't know I needed them. Probably most important to me is that it did all the math for me.
As an Admin I like that it takes so much work off my plate. Whether it be managing student data or reviewing gradebooks Powerschool hold it all together.

Cons

I am not a fan of the app. I think this is becoming a common theme for me in general. The webportal and desktop app are great, but when it comes to taking something like this and making it for an ipad or even worse a phone... you lose features, visibility and my interest.

Ticia
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 5,001–10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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The Worst Report Card Software - Ever!

Reviewed on 27/10/2022

Frustrating and infuriating. This program is way too complex for people that do not have a computer...

Frustrating and infuriating. This program is way too complex for people that do not have a computer background or a programming background. It was not designed for the end-user in mind. For that reason, it should not be used in elementary school.

Pros

Absolutely nothing. Myself and my colleagues are literally typing our report cards in word documents or Google docs and copying and pasting them into this program because we have no other choice. See below

Cons

This software is so difficult to use. PowerSchool owned our previous software which was user friendly and specific to the needs of Ontario teachers… then they decided to stop supporting that program and encouraged our board to go with this new program. First, everything is in a very small font. The ‘comment’ window that you type in is in a black background making it equally difficult to see. The comment window does not expand to the whole screen…it might expand to 30% of the screen, which means you can never view your whole comment while you are working. There is no way to quickly preview what you were typing or to see if you have enough room for the comment. Everything in the drop-down menus is in code and not in user-friendly recognizable words. My report cards have now taken an extra 50 hours and I’ve only got through five kids with 21 more to go. Also there was no training provided for teachers beyond watching a one hour webinar. I’ve read other peoples reviews and it seems like there was lots of training involved. Quite frankly there are way too many things in this program that do not and would not be used by a classroom teacher.

Steve
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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

PowerSchool

Reviewed on 14/05/2019

Pros

PowerSchool is an excellent product that provides all the needed features for any sized school. Assignments can be made and copied across courses. The grade book has multiple views to facilitate grading including assignment view, spreadsheet view, or Categories view. Grades can also be viewed by student as well. There is also a progress monitoring tool and can run various reports based on variety of inputs. Overall, PowerSchool more than covers the basics needed within a classroom and contains many advanced options for experienced users.

Cons

Without direct assistance, learning the features that a school district requires can be daunting. PowerSchool has many help options, but sometimes that are not the best learning tool when trying to learn a brand new system. Older teachers who relied on a paper grading system may struggle switching to a complex digital system such as PowerSchool.

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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great option for districts!

Reviewed on 27/09/2018

Great to use, countless features, up-to-date, etc. I highly recommend it!

Great to use, countless features, up-to-date, etc. I highly recommend it!

Pros

PowerSchool is a phenomenal option for managing student data. Here are the pros I see with the software:
- easy-to-use for newcomers
- tons of features and layers of data management
- great customer support and help videos. They even offer a site where you can make suggestions and upvote ideas that could be released in future updates.
- updated, web-based gradebook platform
- really just a great one-stop-shop for almost all of your SIS needs

Cons

They have gone through some major updates, which thew some people for a loop, but I think they were needed and necessary. I do not have any major complaints really.

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PowerSchool offers the following pricing plans:

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PowerSchool has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

PowerSchool supports the following languages:

English

PowerSchool supports the following devices:

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

PowerSchool integrates with the following applications:

Allovue, BenchPrep, Bloomz, BusBoss, Canva, RevTrak, Rycor, SchoolPass, TimeClock Plus, Vanco Live

PowerSchool offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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