Skyward School Management Reviews
Reviewed on 20/1/2017
Comments: This is my district's 7th year using Skyward. I am the counseling secretary in our high school and work in Student Management. I am also a security manager for our district. Honestly, when we made the transition to Skyward I was very unhappy. I didn't find Skyward to be very user friendly and I wasn't pleased with the customer support response time. Oftentimes I was unable to find a way to make Skyward do what I needed. However, as the years have passed, Skyward has made improvements to the program, I have learned the system better and the customer support live chat option is a huge timesaver. Now, I really enjoy using Skyward. I have the dubious distinction of being our district's "Skyward guru" and I believe I've learned a lot through exploration in my efforts to assist others. When I can't find answers, I know that help is only a live chat away! I would definitely recommend Skyward to other districts.
Pros: Possibly my favorite aspect of Skyward is the ability to dump data directly into Excel. This is a huge timesaver and allows me to manipulate, sort, share and utilize data as needed. I also like the ability to create reports based on my needs using Data Mining.
Cons: There are still a few things that I wish I could do in Skyward, that I can't, such as use activity groups to run certain reports/schedules. Occasionally, we experience what I call "Skyward quirks" when something doesn't work right one day, but it works the next. Recently, our library parapro ran a report and new that the info displayed wasn't wholly accurate. I checked her format and everything was good. I printed it with the same results. I cloned the report, changing nothing, and ran that and it was accurate. The next day her report worked properly again.
by Skyward on 20/1/2017
So glad we were able to grow together, Teresa, and turn a negative experience into such a positive one. Thank you for all you do to help your district get more out of Skyward.
Reviewed on 16/1/2017
Comments: I have used Skyward for many years, so I have seen it evolve. I will tell you this; you get what you pay for. Skyward is top-of-the-line! It will not always be the least expensive software, but it is more than worth the cost!! The software definitely helps customers work smarter not harder. With many of us wearing different hats, we need to find all of the time-saving opportunities we can; Skyward makes that happen! Skyward has many ways to get to the same information, so the ease of use is really in the end-user's hands. There is a plethora of shortcuts that Skyward has provided for the end-user, so no need to get bogged down trying to find programs/areas. Their Customer Service is top-notch. I have never had an issue that was not solved in a timely manner. They are wonderful! I could go on and on where Skyward is concerned. I not only love the software, but I like that the fact that Cliff King and the entire company has a focus on nothing but schools. They are truly concerned about the customer feedback, and they use that to make the software better (although I think it's pretty close to perfect now)!
Pros: The flexibility and multiple ways to achieve the end results we are looking for.
by Skyward on 16/1/2017
Thanks so much for the kind words, Jacque, and congratulations on your well-deserved recognition as a Leader in Excellence for 2017!
Reviewed on 29/5/2019
Student Management at your Fingertips
Comments: Overall my experience has been great. Without Skyward I would not be able to do my job as a school secretary and I am glad that so many schools are using. It does have a daunting learning curve but it's nothing that can't be overcome with time and patience.
Pros: Skyward's interface customization is great, giving users the ability to the display the data they need for their particular job. Almost every section, big or small, has a customize button you can use to turn settings on and off. As a result employee's have their own "Skyward" they can learn in and out. Another great thing I love about Skyward is how many reports you can run with it. If you need phone list for students of a particular grade then it can easily be generated. You can also see if someone else has already made that report and just clone it. Anything you need there's probably a report for it and if not it can be created relatively quickly.
Cons: Skyward has a quite large learning curve and without appropriate training it can easily overwhelm new users. It's not a program that can be self taught because some settings are hidden under several layers of menus. A new user would probably need about five or six hours of training to be able to be remotely competent with it. There are manuals and help guides available but I've found them to be hard to navigate.
by Skyward on 30/5/2019
Thanks for the great review, Carlos. We appreciate your feedback.
Reviewed on 13/1/2017
I have always loved this program once I started using it (2001?), it was PAC back then.
Like everything in life, skyward needs some tweeks:) That is why you have four stars, also if you were to get five stars then we wouldn't need you anymore and believe me there are times I need your help. That all said, I work with Food Service, there are a few tips & tricks I would love to learn from you. I wish you offered a one-on-one quick tip sessions to sign up for.
Pros: Easy to use, can do multiple windows to jump from one area to another is huge!
Cons: Food Service application letter set up:(
by Skyward on 13/1/2017
Hi Connie, thank you so much for the kind words! It was a nice trip down memory lane to see your PaC reference. Regarding those quick "tips and tricks" training sessions, keep checking in at skyward.com/quickhits and skyward.com/academy for relevant training and resources. We're always looking to deliver a better experience, so you can be sure site visits and localized training sessions are things we are considering as we look to the future.
Reviewed on 20/3/2018
Awesome tool for teachers, students and parents
Comments: Up-to-date information about my child's progress in school, missing assignments, grades on tests and projects. Especially my for high school student, this info can be hard to get from them and so many times you do not know about issues until it is too late. I open Skyward every night at the dinner table and we talk about grades, upcoming exams and papers. She knows I am looking and it helps her to stay on task.
Pros: There are so many functions in one place. Check grades, missing assignments, email teachers, lunch calendar, etc. Multiple children in a family can be easily accessed together.
Cons: When emailing a parent/teacher, they cannot respond back directly. I wish they could. It would make the line of communication more direct. But, at least they can read the message and respond back by another means.
by Skyward on 23/3/2018
Thanks so much for the kind words, Leslie! Regarding the con, there is an option in the message center to enable direct replies. You may want to talk to your Skyward administrator about turning that on if it would be beneficial.
Reviewed on 20/1/2017
Responsive company with top notch software
Comments: Skyward has been our SIS for 10 years now and while many districts have switched SIS systems every few years, we have remained happy customers. The main reason for this happiness? The company is very responsive to the input from their customers. Because of being responsive to that input, Skyward has been able to create an extremely flexible system that allows for many different scenarios for how schools operate. The future is bright, and we know even more great things are coming from the company.
Pros: Flexibility and the frequency of updates to the software
Cons: Navigation can be burdensome for those who have system-wide security access. This is just due to the amount of features that are available, but not much of a problem for end users as they only have access to what they actually need.
by Skyward on 27/1/2017
Thanks so much, Scott! We promise not to settle for mediocrity in anything and we're thankful for all the insights from you and the rest of the Skyward community.
Reviewed on 8/3/2018
I am parent user for this program and I find it to be easy to use and easy to understand.
Pros: I like that I can choose how I want my screen to look and can choose the information presented. I am able to toggle between all of the different pages easily and efficiently. I can access my child's information st the click of a finger. Additionally, I can access pertinent school and district information. I prefer this program to PowerSchool, as a parent user. I have access to more information faster and easier.
Cons: I have had no real problems with this program so far. It has served my needs as a parent. I only struggled with the initial login, due to a bit of s glitch in the system, but that was all worked out.
by Skyward on 19/3/2018
Thanks for the positive review, Crystal. We're so happy you are enjoying a better experience with Skyward!
Reviewed on 13/1/2017
Top of the Line
Comments: I always describe Skyward as a top of the line SIS. Skyward has been wonderful to work with and an asset to our district. We love giving our staff one stop shopping for data. We also know our parents and students have come to rely on Family/Student Access for up-to-date information. We find the system easy to use and has features and functionality that is always on the cutting edge.
Pros: Very easy to use for all levels. Skyward holds an abundant amount of data so we can use it in my areas in the school district.
Cons: There is sometimes a longer wait then expected to hear from customer service.
by Skyward on 13/1/2017
Hi Davida, thank you for the kind words and for all the amazing things you are doing in Walled Lake! We'll keep working to deliver a better experience both in the product and in the support we offer for it.
Reviewed on 24/2/2017
Patti St. Charles High School
Comments: When my district converted to Skyward, some of the training sessions were not as informative as we would have liked. Now that we are a few years into using the software, most of us have come to appreciate all that can be done. It continues to be a learning process. Many of the "features & functions" are real time savers.
Pros: Reports that are time savers.
Cons: Some settings are at deep levels that are difficult to find and use.
by Skyward on 24/2/2017
Glad to hear you're saving time with Skyward, Patti! We have a number of training and development resources available that might help with the learning curve. Check out https://www.skyward.com/discover/educator-newsletter-blog/july-2015/know-your-skyward-training-options
Reviewed on 18/9/2018
The Sky is the limit with Skyward
Comments: Skyward School Management has been a very positive change for our district. We switched a couple of years ago and since then it is easier for us to manage debt on lunch accounts and easier for me as a parent to stay on top of things like this.
Pros: I like how easily accessible Skyward is for parents to keep track of student expenses. Not only can parents easily add money to and watch student's lunch accounts, they can also easily pay fees online and very quickly. In a matter of seconds, I am able to add lunch money to my child's lunch account.
Cons: There is nothing I dislike about this software.
by Skyward on 20/9/2018
Thanks for the kind words, Amanda! We're more than happy to help.
Reviewed on 30/1/2019
Excellent program for student management
Comments: I am not the secretary at our school, so I don't get into as much detail with this software as she does, however I do use Skyward on a daily basis. For the information I need about students, this program works very well for me. I am pleased with the organization of information.
Pros: The organization of this software is something I really like. I can get on the program without having too much user knowledge and find what I am looking for. I think it has a wonderful array of information options for our students' profiles. This is a user friendly software.
Cons: I use this software every day and for the level of use, I don't have any negative issues.
Reviewed on 17/2/2019
A Decent SIS For The Money
Comments: Overall the Skyward system lets us do the things we need to do with student data. This information is very invaluable to our district so the system is used heavily. It does what it advertises.
Pros: The Skyward system allows our corporation to enroll and schedule students with ease. The reporting feature has been invaluable to my own job. There are so many facets to this software that you can do just about anything.
Cons: The user interface is somewhat outdated. They released a more web friendly version a while back but it had the same problems. In a world of student information systems though, it is on par with most other ones.
Reviewed on 18/7/2017
Skyward is a very easy and comprehensive system for school districts.
Comments: It took an old outdated system that was previously used and brought the school district back into the modern age.
Pros: There is a lot that can be accomplished through Skyward. You can track students, finance, and human resource functions. Each module is very easy to use and they are willing to work with you to assist in making changes and upgrades to their products.
Cons: Sometimes the functionality is a little rough, but the programmers have been making constant upgrades to the system and new updates come out all the time.
by Skyward on 18/7/2017
Thanks so much, Jeffrey. We appreciate your advocacy and promise to keep working toward a better experience every time.
Reviewed on 1/2/2018
Generally good software to manage student information.
Pros: It has a comprehensive set of features that allow student management. From the teacher side the data is fairly easy to view and input of the gradebook and attendance is relatively easy.
Cons: It is somewhat difficult to learn. There are many variables that can confuse teachers in creating gradebooks and in accessing information. The reports are not particularly intuitive to use.
by Skyward on 2/2/2018
Thanks for the kind words, Chad! If you ever find yourself helping new teachers learn the system, we have some resources available at https://www.skyward.com/support/quick-hits/teacher and https://www.skyward.com/teachers.
Reviewed on 9/12/2018
Skyward in the Classroom
Comments: I have used Skyward for three years and I think it's unexpectedly been unavailable less than five times and it is restored quickly. It syncs with our online platform which helps with grading.
Pros: Skyward is organized and user friendly. I also like how there is an app available that allows teachers to enter grades on their cell phone (I am an Apple user). Skyward has been dependable and my middle school students and their parents can navigate it.
Cons: Skyward will open a new window when taking attendance and entering grades which can be frustrating at times.
Reviewed on 25/7/2019
Efficient in it's field
Pros: Our entire school district uses Skyward, which makes it incredibly helpful in transferring records and grade reports. I also benefited significantly from the ability to email groups of students, parents or post to their message boards.
Cons: Skyward can go down sometimes and when it does, it can be a very frustrating wait for teachers who are relying on it to conduct their attendance and other issues. It's not frequent, but when it does, there is no "offline - upload later" option. You just can't access the information.
Reviewed on 21/6/2019
Many Tools to Collect and Share Data
Comments: I have been utilizing Skyward for over 10 years and find it a useful tool in managing student performance data, as well as attendance information. Data is stored and may be easily retrieved for years. Reports are easily compiled and may easily be modified by student or entire class.
Pros: What I like most about Skyward is that it offers many types of reports that can be printed out or shared online. Data can be accessed by parents any time of day and they are able to ask questions through the program.
Cons: I haven't found a need that is not met by this software.
Reviewed on 11/2/2019
A Teacher's Review of Student Management by Skyward
Comments: Overall, the experience that I have had has been very positive. I was able to figure out most issues within a matter of a minute or two and, when I had a bigger issue, customer support was able to fix it fairly quick.
Pros: Being able to easily manage assignments and attendance is extremely valuable to any teacher. Being able to easily pick up on the software that your school corporation is using is even better.
Cons: There are some confusing aspects at first but, with a little use, the average person will figure out most details with ease.
Reviewed on 12/6/2019
Skyward is the backbone of many school districts
Comments: I have used this program as a parent and as a teacher. As a teacher it is fabulous. As a parent I have struggled with the program going back to the log in screen. Other than that I know my child's information is safe and secure on this site.
Pros: This program is very safe and secure. Many large school districts trust this program for student and parent information.
Cons: I have struggled some as a parent when I try to scroll down to view more information about my child's grades I will be sent back to the log in screen.
Reviewed on 10/1/2018
I can keep track of children and how they are doing in school.
Comments: Keeping up with my children school progress.
Pros: I love being able to log in and see how my child is doing in high school by each class. You can see missing assignments, test scores and quizzes. The teachers and the school can also contact me through skyward.
Cons: It can be confusing to use when you first start using it, but it gets easier and easier the more you use it.
by Skyward on 15/1/2018
Thanks so much for the kind review, Amanda. We're happy to see you're getting the most out of Family Access!
Reviewed on 27/8/2019
Skyward for managing student grades.
Comments: Skyward is very good. It could use a better calendar but other than that very good.
Pros: Skyward has a simple interface and is easy to navigate. It auto signs out in case of in-activity which prevents others from viewing your account.
Cons: The calendar design doesn't help view tasks and often times it won't sync with other school managing apps.
by Skyward on 28/8/2019
Thank you so much for the review Aly. We'll be sure to pall along your comments regarding the calendar to our user experience team.
Reviewed on 27/6/2018
Skyward is our school district's SIS.
Pros: Skyward is a very powerful product. We have used it for 15+ years and I am still finding useful features. Anytime I have an issue, support is punctual and extremely helpful to solve my issue.
Cons: Skyward can be very daunting because it is so powerful. It is semi-userfriendly, but the interface looks stark and cold.
by Skyward on 29/6/2018
Much appreciated, Jayne. Thank you! We think we've addressed those interface concerns with our new Qmlativ product.
Reviewed on 28/12/2018
Skyward Educator Review
Comments: Skyward has been great for me as a teacher. This year we had some scheduling issues with Skyward as an entire school but other than that it has provided all of the promised features and more for my school district.
Skyward is the software my company uses to track attendance,grades, student information and scheduling. This product is pretty easy to use for the most part. The dashboard of the main page can be used to navigate the system. It offers various button for attendance and grading. There are other functions this product offers that I do not have access to an a teacher. I like that I can put in my grades and apply specific grading critera with click of a button.
I also enjoy that I can look back at previous classes I have taught and previous gradebooks. Overall I like that Skyward intergrates with some of the other software programs that I use as well. This makes a teachers life easy.
Cons: Skyward has many positives as a teacher I do wish that it gave you the option to assign a 50 for all missing assignments in he gradebook as this is the way most schools are going. Other than that overall I think Skyward works well and provides schools with a decent platform for their needs.
Reviewed on 15/2/2019
Fairly easy to for employees for time sheets, request time off, payroll information and history.
Employees can see payroll, time sheets, and personal records.
Request reimbursement for expenses.
Admin uses it for record keeping of employee information
Cons: The steps to request expense reimbursement is lengthy and not easy for employees that use it occassionally.
Reviewed on 13/8/2019
Easy to use and find information
Pros: This product is so easy to use once you get the hang of it! It's a great way to keep all of your students information in one place. You can take lunch count, keep account balances, and more. It's great to have all the information in one place.
Cons: It's confusing to navigate when you first get started. Once you get the hang of it it gets easy.