Great SIS for a sophisticated school district
March 21, 2019

Great SIS for a sophisticated school district

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Skyward Student Management System

Student Information System, across the whole school system. Used by school officials, teachers, students, and parents.
  • Skyward does really well with the teacher, student, and parent chain.
  • Skyward is easy to use.
  • Skyward helps the school district with state reporting.
  • Very good teacher grade book.
  • Excellent student online enrollment.
  • Skyward should move to a more modern SQL platform.
  • Skyward should perform better testing on their solution before rolling it out to users.
  • The Skybuild interface should be updated including adding more fields.
  • Good impact, Skyward helped the district to be more efficient.
  • For sure Skyward helped the students to be more successful.
  • Teachers love Skyward ‘s grade book.
Skyward is built for the schools, easy to use and cover almost everything that school business needs. Ahead of the game functionality-wise compared to the others.
Skyward is very well suited to the teacher/parent/student relation. In general, Skyward helps with most areas within a school system. Some with greater detail some with less. Very good support and training for end users. Excellent implementation team. Skyward should do more for Transportation, although huge improvements were made. The software is far away from reaching routing and planning solutions.

Using Skyward Student Management System

1500 - Teachers, school and district officials
3 - Regular IT/record keeping/ database skills
  • Student demographics
  • Attendance and grades
  • Communication with parents
  • Special education
  • Data transfers to third party software vendors
  • Custom forms, filled ouut on line
  • Online enrollment
  • Transportation, routing if developed
  • Lesson plans
  • Textbooks
  • Child nutrition
Skyward is our core system, we are most likely going to be using it for some time.

Evaluating Skyward Student Management System and Competitors

Yes - PowerSchool SMS
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Third-party Reviews
Features. Skyward offered futures that other vendors did not even dream of having.
I would not change the process much, I would allow for more time to look more in-depth at more details.

Skyward Student Management System Implementation

Yes, I was part of the implementation team.
Yes - Traditional phases, starting with thorough analysis. Then going step by step getting to the final. Training was a very important step also.
Change management was minimal - We adopted the Skyward, it has suited us well.
  • Data migration - expected to be a big issue.
  • Personnel resisted to change.

Skyward Student Management System Support

Overall great job, issues were taken care of. People in support do care.
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
Immediate help available
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
Escalation required
Not Sure - I think support is support, once you need it, it needs to be offered. Some organizations my not have money to pay for premium, that does not mean they do not need support. That need it the same way or even more than someone that has more money.
Yes, many times if deadlines have to be meet, Skyward support was there for us. Uncounted for situations prior to issuing report cards, things had to be fixed.

Using Skyward Student Management System

Used by more than 1500 staff users in my district. Also used by 30000 parents.
Like to use
Easy to use
Well integrated
Feel confident using
  • Export to excel
  • Custom reports
  • Teacher gradebook
  • Scheduling
  • Changing the schedule