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.
School Districts in California that use Powerschool*
* 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 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.