Alma

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2.3 out of 5 stars

Alma’s integrated suite of SIS and LMS tools empowers learning communities with a modern software platform ready to take on today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

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Complete package for School Data

What do you like best?

What I like best is that there is one interface, one place that everyone at the school can go to do what they need, find out what they need, or input what they need, from all aspects - administration, teachers, office staff, students, and parents. Everyone has access only the information they need, appreciate the different levels of access.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike the most is the reports. There are myriad of reports you can select, you can even create your own for the data you want to capture, but they all come out on an excel page, which really isn't that impressive. I also dislike that there is no direction on how to use this tool, no how-to's or FAQs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Alma is very reachable, you can make suggestions, ask for direction. The only thing I wish for is training so that you can learn all the capabilities and how to access everything from the beginning versus by trial and error, but that may not be Alma's fault - that could have been something local.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have resolved our school data problems - in the past we had attendance information in one place, parent/contact information on another data file, nurse/emergency information elsewhere, grades and transcripts on another, to name just a few - now all this data and evolving information is on one platform.

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Very cumbersome and little help to improve options.

What do you like best?

Having the ability to write notes on each student.

What do you dislike?

1) You cannot print out a year long individual attendance report.

2) It is not user friendly when trying to see which absences are excused, unexcused or suspension. They need to all be color coded differently. Otherwise you have to click on each individual date to see what the attendance was marked as. Each absence should be a different color so you can easily see and count the absences efficiently just by viewing the calendar.

3) There is not tardy report that gives you the amount of time the student was tardy. Again, I have to click on each individual day to get the time they arrived. There is a report with student's name, date they were tardy and the number of tardies they have, but as I need a report with the time the came into school as well.

4) When gathering demographics, I have to flip from two pages (the bio and contact pages) instead of all of the information being on one page. Very time consuming when you are making a report.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I don't have recommendations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None at this time.

What K-12 Student Information Systems solution do you use?

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Alma review by User
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Very disappointing

What do you like best?

It is easy to message my classes. There is very little else to recommend about this product. It has been incredibly frustrating trying to implement this.

What do you dislike?

Many functions that I consider basic for an SIS had to be specifically requested by our corporation and developed by ALMA post implementation. When we started with the system, there was no mechanism for a final exam, I could not drill down to see my homeroom students' current academic progress in their classes, and it took over a semester to generate a transcript that the state would accept. ALMA still cannot provide class rankings. Entering grades is cumbersome. All reports are pdf with little customization possible. All teachers in a building can see and access every report that is run in the building, raising confidentiality issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ALMA is not a fully developed product. They are responding to our needs, but it is a slow and reactive process, not proactive. The product was not ready to deploy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This system has created far more problems than it has solved.

Alma review by <span>M. Janel B.</span>
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Needing a bit more

What do you like best?

Colorful interface

Can easily search stiudents

What do you dislike?

Inability to print reports one by one.

No VISUAL individual schedule options

Does not link with google classroom in standards mode

Not as malleable as I’d like it to be

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Competency’ based progress reporting in a high school setting

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It's functional

What do you like best?

It keeps track of things better than if I were to compile things by hand.

What do you dislike?

It's a bit obnoxious to navigate. Features, like the ability to email all students, disappear. Constant pop-up messages from the tech crew. Y'all - make an app for the phone that just lets me do attendance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If it's the best option, go with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Really, we use it to take attendance, and that's about it. A bit for grades.

Alma review by <span>Jasmine M.</span>
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Not bad

What do you like best?

The ease of use is nice and the ability to customize.

What do you dislike?

The cost is not that great and the amount of people that know about this to be able to reach them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can try it but don't waste too much time with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I no longer use it I didn't like it thought it wasn't worth the time.

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