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PowerSchool Student Information System (SIS) is the leading school operations SIS solution for educational institutions. Power your school operations with innovative, easy-to-use technology that plays a central role in K-12 education. 
PowerSchool Student Information System Improves K-12 Efficiency

Their Student Information System (SIS) Platform, PowerSchool SIS, offers efficiency with an easy-to-use, intuitive system. Designed for administrators and teachers respectively, our SIS is quick to navigate for daily tasks in just a few clicks, minimizing staff system training and driving high adoption rates.
Join a Large SIS Support Community

From user groups to online forums to national training events to YouTube videos, getting the PowerSchool SIS means you join a worldwide community of active users engaged in helping each other out to improve education operations.
State Compliance Reporting Simplified

Capitalize on their library of pre-built PowerSchool SIS Reports or build your own for anything from attendance to scheduling to demographics. Submit State Compliance Reporting with confidence knowing their reporting team stays on top of the latest changes to ensure maximum school funding.
Increased Real-Time Engagement with PowerSchool SIS

Due to PowerSchool’s SIS Platform, interaction with all involved parties has been simplified, making it the most user-friendly Student Information System on the market. They’ve bridged the gap between communication and transparency improved between parents, students, teachers, and schools with the industry’s highest rated mobile app and online parent portal. 

Compatible with the following interoperabilty frameworks or products:
  • CLEVER Single Sign On (SSO)
  • Ed-Fi 2.0
  • SIF 2.x

Support Options
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Web
This list is compiled annually through our web surveys, internet research, and phone interviews with California school districts.

School Districts in California that use Powerschool*

Alhambra Unified
Alisal Union
Antelope Elementary
Antelope Valley Union High
Arcadia Unified
Banta Elementary
Beardsley Elementary
Benicia Unified
Burlingame Elementary
Cambrian School District
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
Campbell Union
Caruthers Unified
Castle Rock Union Elementary School District
Centinela Valley Union High
Chawanakee Unified
College Elementary
Denair Unified
Dry Creek Joint Elementary
Durham Unified
El Segundo Unified
Enterprise Elementary
Escondido Union
Eureka City Schools
Eureka Union
Evergreen Union
Folsom-Cordova Unified
Fresno County Office of Education
Fruitvale Elementary
Fullerton Elementary
Gratton Elementary
Hermosa Beach City Elementary
Hillsborough City Elementary
Ingenium Schools
Inyo County Office of Education
Kelseyville Unified
King City Union
Kings Canyon Joint Unified
Lake Elsinore Unified
Lakeport Unified
Lancaster Elementary
Larkspur-Corte Madera
Las Lomitas Elementary
Lawndale Elementary
Little Lake City Elementary
Livermore Valley Joint Unified
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary
Los Altos Elementary
Los Gatos Union Elementary
Los Nietos
Madera County Office of Education
Mendota Unified
Menlo Park City Elementary
Modesto City Elementary
Modesto City High
Montecito Union Elementary
Mountain View Whisman
Mt. Pleasant Elementary
Nevada City Elementary
Nevada County Office of Education
Newman-Crows Landing Unified
Norris Elementary
North County Joint Union Elementary
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified
Old Adobe Union
Orchard Elementary
Orinda Union Elementary
Pacific Grove Unified
Palermo Union Elementary
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary
PUC Schools
Ramona City Unified
Redondo Beach Unified
Redwood City Elementary
Reed Union Elementary
Richgrove Elementary
Rocklin Academy Family of Schools
Rosemead Elementary
Sacramento County Office of Education
Salinas City Elementary
San Bruno Park Elementary
San Diego Unified
San Lorenzo Unified
San Lorenzo Valley Unified
San Luis Coastal Unified
San Marino Unified
Sanger Unified
Santee Elementary
Saratoga Union Elementary
SBC - Aspire Public Schools
SBC - High Tech High
Sonoma Valley Unified
Soulsbyville Elementary
St. Ignatius College Prep
Sulphur Springs Union
Tehachapi Unified
Templeton Unified
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified
Union Elementary
Union Hill Elementary
Visalia Unified
West Contra Costa Unified
Westside Union Elementary
Whittier City Elementary
Wilsona Elementary
Wiseburn Elementary
Woodside Elementary

* This is a partial list generated through our annual technology systems survey, internet searches, and other methods.

Also, districts constantly change enterprise systems in an never ending quest to find the 'best' of the best. So expect these results to change over time.

If your district currently uses this system but doesn't appear on this list, please let us know by updating your district's info on our annual systems survey:

PowerSchool communicates with several other Systems. This is done in many ways (ftp, curl, sftp, flat files) Only the simplest export are available within PowerSchool. PowerSchool can only handle exporting active students via ftp, flat file, and sftp. Any more complicated exports such as only IEPstudents, first line contains an API key, or upload via curl is done through a separate system.





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(Updated: April 26, 2018)
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I'm a long-time PowerSchool user, having started using the product back in 2005 when I was worked at the Culture and Language Academy of Success in Inglewood, CA.  So I've watched the product grow and mature from version 6 to now version 10.  And while some things have certainly changed, many aspects of the product remain the same.

PowerSchool suffers from what I think was it's early entry into the SIS market.  Let me explain, it has been on the 'bleeding-edge' of student information systems for almost two decades now.  So when you look under the hood, it is an odd mash-up of legacy databases and structures and add ons.  Case in point - want to create a report?  No problem.  Just download this icon to your desktop (each time), and launch the java-based report builder.  Now wait 2 minutes.  Ok. Go.  Why not just have a built-in report generator like Illuminate has?  Answer - good HTML based approaches didn't necessarily exist twenty years ago so they cobbled together what they could find and voila!  Instant SIS!

Can you run your school district using PowerSchool?  Of course you can.  You can take attendance, enter student data, complete your State reporting, etc.  Its a fully functional, somewhat customizable platform that you can host yourself or get PowerSchool to host for you.   Parent portal?  Check.  Student portal?  Check.  Gradebook for teachers?  Check.  (Though now there are two - a Java based program and a newer web-based version).  

Pain Points?  Your counselors will hate it.  Difficult to schedule students, reschedule students, print transcripts, etc.  PowerSchool doesn't seem to understand that one-click is much easier than four-clicks when trying to access routine items like transcripts.  So instead of having a "print transcript" button on each student screen, it forces counselors to go into the report menu, select transcript, configure the report . . .(bored yet?)   If the Bauhaus movement was famous for "form follows function", then PowerSchool might be famous for "function follows form"  In other words, you can get it to work, but it will take you a lot longer than you had imagined.

The PowerSource online resource is an invaluable source.  And lately the tech support has been faster, more supportive, and just plain better at problem solving.  Tech support back in 2005 was so bad, we would often call, go to lunch, and return in 30 minutes and still be on hold.  (true story!).  Those days are gone.

Since the divestiture of PowerSchool from Pearson the new leadership is acquiring a series of other platforms (Assessment, LMS, registration, etc.) to complement and really build out the PowerSchool eco-systems.  Time will tell if they can pull it all together into a seamless integrated system.  

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Chris - I am just trying out PowerSchool for the first time. I am helping another district with their CALPADS. However, I can't seem to find out how to download the batch files for submission to CALPADS. I have pored over the online documentation and clicked all over in the application without luck. Can you steer me in the right direction? Where do I find the SENR, SINF, SPRG, etc.? I managed to run a report, but there is no link to download it although the online documentation indicates there should be one. Is this a user account permission that needs to be added? Any help is appreciated!

Kim Cabrera
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Try this:

1. System Reports
2. State Reports.
3. Scroll down to the "CALPADS" section


Call me if you get stuck (I put my office # in a private message to you)

- Chris

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