Best Student Management SystemsStudent management systems are used to help manage day-to-day operations of schools. The software handles a wide range of requirements including core student information and enrollment functions like admissions and on-boarding, attendance tracking, curriculum development, student assessment, reporting and medical information, as well as storing assessment information.Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)1 Student Information System3 Banner4 Campus5 Student Management System6 Campus Solutions7 Colleague8 for Higher Ed9 Student Information System10 Enrollment (formerly Registration)12 Student15 LanSchool16 Student Information System (formerly RenWeb)17 Education (ACTIVE Net)18 SONIS19 Education Platform21 Special Ed & Interventions (formerly Enrich)22 SIS24 Tuition Management (formerly Smart Tuition)25

Student Management Systems

Best Student Management Systems

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Student Management Systems Overview

What Are Student Management Systems?

A student management system (also known as a student information system or SIS) helps a school manage data, communications, and scheduling.

A school system generates and uses a large amount of data. This data must be communicated appropriately to students, faculty, and parents. A student management system helps schools to store, manage, and distribute this information.

Some student management systems are designed to serve all of a school’s data management needs. Other student management systems are specialized. These specialized solutions target specific needs, such as school applications or student behavior tracking.

Student Management Systems Features & Capabilities

Basic Features

Most vendors of student management software provide:

  • Student information storage, including grades and attendance

  • Faculty management

  • Report generation

  • Tool-assisted scheduling

  • Access portals for students and parents

  • Enrollment or registration management

  • Medical and health management

  • State compliance assistance

Extended Features

Some vendors offer a suite products that expand the feature set of their base product. These products may add:

  • Web page creation and hosting

  • File distribution and communication between teachers and students

  • Mass communication management, including SMS and email

  • Budgeting and billing assistance

Pricing Information

Pricing for student management systems varies greatly depending on the size and needs of the school. Additionally, student management system vendors rarely release pricing information. Speak to a vendor to get a detailed estimate for your needs.

Some vendors offer per-student pricing. This pricing model may be per month or per year. Per-month prices may range from under $2.00 per student to over $10.00 per student. Per-year prices may exceed $20.00 per student.

Other vendors offer monthly subscriptions to their software without a per-student fee. Depending on the capabilities of the software, prices may range from under $10.00 per month to over $1,000.00 per month.

Student Management Products

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Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions)

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150 Ratings

Blackbaud Education Management Solutions is a unified student management system for K–12 private schools. Blackbaud Enrollment Management System™ (formerly onBoard®): Blackbaud Enrollment Management System gives schools and families the ability to track admissions progress from inquiry through accep…

Top Rated
30 Ratings

Hero is student behavior management software for K-12 schools and districts, from Schoolmint. Hero's goal is to enable consistent redirection of negative behavior, reinforcement of positive behavior and communication between educators, students, parents, and administrators across classrooms school a…

PowerSchool Student Information System

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45 Ratings

The PowerSchool Student Information System covers administrative needs, such as scheduling, attendance, reporting, data management, faculty management, emergency/medical and health management, registration, and more for K-12 schools and districts. It is easy to use and boasts an industry-leading gra…

21 Ratings

Ellucian offers Banner educational ERP, including its student management system emphasizing control and reporting of process-oriented facets of education such as grading and attendance.

16 Ratings

Infinite Campus headquartered in Blaine offers their student information system (SIS) to educational institutions, boasting onboarding support, parent and student portal, grade book and academic planner, and access to the platform's inbuilt LMS Campus Learning.

Skyward, headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, offers the Skyward Student Management System, a k-12 student information system which provides classroom tools (e.g. gradebook, attendance tracking, etc), Family Engagement tools with portal, as well as admin and student services task management.

Ellucian offers Colleague educational ERP, including a student information system supporting higher education institutions with student admissions and registration, academics, curriculum management, and other aspects of student management.

Salesforce for Higher Ed combines the Salesforce Lightning Experience with HEDA (Higher Ed Data Architecture), providing a cloud platform supporting student management and engagement, admissions and academics, and other higher ed administrative support functions.

Gradebook aims to help schools fulfill their mission and improve student outcomes with easy-to-use gradebook & SIS software that saves time. Cloud-enabled, standards-ready, with integrated lesson plans. According to the vendor, report card time has never been this easy.

6 Ratings

Boardingware, headquartered in Auckland, offers their student management system for boarding schools, built around managing the needs particular to boarding schools, such as student care and student tracking.

PowerSchool Enrollment (formerly Registration) is a customizable platform for a school’s admissions, choice, enrollment, and registration needs, no matter the size or type of school or district. It is a simple yet robust online system for applications, school choice and lotteries, waitlists, student…

5 Ratings

Veracross is a student information system and has several modules, including Admission, Academics, Development, etc. all sharing a single database.

4 Ratings

eSchoolPLUS is a student information system for managing student demographics, grades, scheduling & attendance, discipline & report cards, and other information in k-12. eSchoolPLUS was developed by Sungard K-12 Education which was acquired by PowerSchool in March 2017. It is now owned and supported…

Campus Management Corp ofers CampusNexus Student, the company's flagship student information system (SIS) featuring automated tuition and financial aid management, academic and enrollment management features, curriculum management, and student progression towards graduation tracking, among other fea…

Lenovo offers LanSchool, a classroom management platform supporting collaboration, monitoring student activity, chat, teacher broadcasting / screen-sharing, and other features.

ACTIVE Network's ACTIVE Education solution is designed to provide up-to-date, user-friendly registration software which enables administrators and students to enroll and purchase merchandise with ease. The software supports loyalty building activities, increase registrations, and keep a student data…

Jenzabar now offers SONIS, a student information system (SIS) oriented around the needs of smaller higher education institutions. Jenzabar supports the former SONISWEB product since its acquisition of original developer RJM Systems in 2015.

2 Ratings

inRESONANCE, a Community Brands company, offers their student management platform to independent schools, which includes basic parent-teacher communication support features along with registration and enrollment support, billing, interactive website, and also general fundraising, gift and pledge man…

Edupoint Educational Systems offers the Synergy Education Platform, a K-12 integrated student information management and LMS, featuring grade and attendance management, RTI and special education, mobile app and parent engagement, and other features.

1 Ratings

SchoolSpeak, a Community Brands company, offers an elementary, middle school, or preschool school management system oriented around the needs of private entities, offering student information management, performance tracking and grade book, student and family data repository, calendar with announcem…

1 Ratings

Tyler Technologies offers Tyler SIS, a suite of school and student management applications, including online student registration, school inventory management, Classroom 360 mobile accessible student information management for teachers, Student 360 with portal for grades, announcements, and homework…

TrustRadius Top Rated for 2019

2019 Top Rated Student Management Systems

There are plenty of options out there, but here's our shortlist of the best Student Management Systems. These products won a Top Rated award for having excellent customer satisfaction ratings. The list is based purely on reviews; there is no paid placement, and analyst opinions do not influence the rankings. To qualify, a product must have 10 or more recent reviews and a trScore of 7.5 or higher, indicating above-average satisfaction for business technology. The products with the highest trScores appear first on the list. Read more about the Top Rated criteria.