Alma Overview

What is Alma?

Alma builds critical SIS tooling that significantly improves school operations and empowers educators to foster better student outcomes, so we can help you create the greatest generation of educators, so that they can create the greatest generation of students.
Impressively designed and easy to use, Alma provides the industry's best SIS, including: mobile, fees, admissions, enrollment and registration, student demographics, attendance, advanced scheduling, discipline, grades, state reporting, custom report cards, parent portal, student portal, standards-based grading, and more.

Alma Overview

Pricing

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Pricing options

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Value for money

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Alma Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
English

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Alma allows teachers and admins to send individual and group messages
Alma allows administrators to send emergency messages and alerts
Alma allows teachers and admins to send individual and group messages
Alma allows administrators to send emergency messages and alerts
Alma lets users create, customize, develop and distribute report cards
Alma offers dashboard features
Alma's district portal supports unlimited schools at no additional fees.png
Alma offers attendance management features
Alma provides portal access for students and parents
Alma provides report card features that help track student's grades and comments from teachers
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Alma Reviews

Alma Reviews

Overall rating
4,3
/
5
Excellent
130

Very good
86

Average
7

Poor
8

Terrible
12

Value for Money
4,2
Features
4
Ease of Use
4,3
Customer Support
4,5
89% recommended this app
James W.

Glad we're using Alma


Paul G.

Great Customer Support

We have really enjoyed the experience with ALMA. The support staff are very friendly, and if they don't have a solution to an issue, they work hard to find one. They are open to requesting additional options or features they may not currently have available. This makes me feel that they truly want to improve their product. We are very new to using ALMA, but they have proved so far that we made a good choice.


Kathryn S.

Alma is not providing teachers with and easy to use platform for grading, attendance, etc.


Ivana B.

Ivana B's Review


Ingemar D.

Excellent, Comprehensive, and EASY TO USE

This has made running our school so much easier. I am so glad we switched from the old software.


James W.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Glad we're using Alma

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/15
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Unlike other SIS's, Alma actually looks and feels like it was made in the 2010's. The system is solid, and has essentially every feature a smaller school like ours would want (and many more that we don't need to use). The gradebook is excellent, and it's easy to transfer classes and students from year-to-year. Their customer service has been great (we accidentally deleted multiple report cards in different places the other day and they quickly and helpfully solved our issue by restoring to a backup), and they are continually adding features and improving the platform. And the cost has been at least 50% less than quotes we were getting from major competitors. Many reasons to switch to Alma.

Cons

The latest transcripts update was helpful - there are still a couple of features we'd like on the transcripts front, but that's mostly because our school has a unique curriculum. This is totally just a personal preference, but I'd also like to be able to search for classes in the search feature in addition to contacts.

Response from Alma

What incredible feedback, James! Thank you so much and we look forward building on all of your school's successes!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Paul G.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Great Customer Support

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2021/01/20
Review Source: Capterra

We have really enjoyed the experience with ALMA. The support staff are very friendly, and if they don't have a solution to an issue, they work hard to find one. They are open to requesting additional options or features they may not currently have available. This makes me feel that they truly want to improve their product. We are very new to using ALMA, but they have proved so far that we made a good choice.

Pros

I don't have a lot to compare ALMA to, but I feel that the user interface is very intuitive. After light training, I felt that I was able to navigate the software with ease, and perform many of the functions without having to struggle to do so. The resources for questions called the "study guide" has really good searchable articles and videos that addressed almost every issue I had. If I couldn't find the answer, the support staff was quick to respond and help with a solution.

Cons

Education is so vastly different from one school to the next. On the similar needs of schools I think ALMA performs great, but for specific needs or differences they struggle to meet all our needs. Many times we have to find a work-around for issues we are having. I will add that this is very rare. A specific example is that we can search students by grade. We can search specific classes, but not the whole grade. There are times it would be beneficial to see all the students in one grade.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Kathryn S.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Alma is not providing teachers with and easy to use platform for grading, attendance, etc.

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/02/23
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I like that I can look up any student in our school and see that student's schedule and current information.

Cons

1. Our students (Seniors especially) cannot get their current transcripts. This is troubling for many reasons. Perhaps the most important being their choices for scholarships and higher education will be affected by this. Students cannot apply for financial assistance through scholarships without current transcripts. I have personally spoken with at least three students who have missed out on scholarship opportunities, simply because they cannot access current transcripts.
2. Can't see overall student GPA
3. Can't see student class rank
4. Student Mobile usage is very confusing. Can't see grades the way they should.
5. Ease of access is horrible
6. No mobile app, and mobile website is very difficult to read
7. Not organized well
8. When emailing "all students" I cannot exclude certain classes; I can't email multiple classes at once without including EVERYONE
9. For attendance, it is very confusing. If a student is marked present first class, they are marked present for the entire day. This was clearly set up for use in an Elementary School. High School is different. We need to be able to see where our students are throughout the day.
10. Inputting grades takes many more steps than our previous system. There is no way to toggle between students with the keyboard.
11. There should be a way to block certain people from seeing certain information. At the beginning of the school year, student Social Security Numbers were viewable by any teacher or staff in our building.

Response from Alma

Below we briefly address each of your concerns. But, because your satisfaction is our starting point, we will also follow-up for a deeper conversation about this. We want you to be elated with Alma!
#1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11) We do provide the functionality you're describing and would love to review each item with you. Based on the information you provided, these concerns may indicate further training is needed. Your Account Manager will be in touch soon or you can always contact us through our in-app support.
#5 and 7) Most of Alma¿s users love our ease-of-use, navigation, and access, but as with all things, we can/will keep getting better. Let¿s discuss further.
#4 and 6) Depending on the phone size and the gradebook in use, the experience for viewing student grades on a phone can be less than ideal. We are actively exploring more options.
#8) Great idea! This is the first time we have heard this, so thank you for bringing it to our attention. Your suggestion has been logged

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 1.0/10

Ivana B.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Ivana B's Review

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2021/01/20
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The software enables us to have all the data related to students, teachers, curriculum and assessment in one place. There are many things that are just "one click" tasks and things don't have to be re-done at the beginning of each school year. They can just be copied, transferred, modified... I also like that there is always a solution to everything, even if an option does not exist in the system, the support team helps find ways to make sure we get what we need.

Cons

There are some things that we would like to have. For example: the option to show attendance on the report card per class (as opposed to per day), or the option to include a digital signature on the cover. These are some tiny things that we have found ways to resolve, but we have communicated them with the support team and we feel confident that they take our feedback into consideration.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Ingemar D.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Excellent, Comprehensive, and EASY TO USE

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2021/01/19
Review Source: Capterra

This has made running our school so much easier. I am so glad we switched from the old software.

Pros

We moved from PowerSchool to ALMA and it is sooooo much better!

Everything is intuitive. No paying for extra training for everything. No extra modules being hawked to you every month. No need to pay for someone to "maintain" the software.

It isn't some old Database software that you need to learn equations for. It looks wonderful, is easy to use, and super adaptable.

All of the new additions that you get charged for with other software are free updates with ALMA.

If you do have a problem, ALMA *wants* to hear from you! It's an entirely different relationship.

And it has more features. Because it is a modern piece of software and not something based off of antiquated 90's era software, there are more bells and whistles. New options are being added every couple of months. Often based on what the users have asked for.

This makes my job 100% easier!

Cons

Some things are still a little complicated but it comes with online instructions to help you along.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,5/10
Based on 243 user ratings
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Alma Pricing

Alma Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Interested in trying out Alma for yourself? Our customized demos are tailored to your specific needs, and FREE.
Seeing is believing.

Interested in trying out Alma for yourself? Our customized demos are tailored to your specific needs, and FREE.
Seeing is believing.

Value for Money
4,2/5
Based on 243 user ratings
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Alma Features

Alma Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Blended Learning
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customizable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Student Management
Third Party Integration
Features
4/5
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Additional information for Alma

Additional information for Alma

Key features of Alma

  • Ad hoc and custom reports
  • Advanced scheduling features
  • Assessment tracking
  • Assignment management
  • Attendance management
  • Automate school management workflow
  • Basic reporting
  • Bus route management
  • Contacts
  • Course Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Demographic data
  • Filtering
  • Instructional dashboard
  • Parent/student portal
  • Report cards
  • SIS
  • School calendar
  • Streamline communication with parents
  • Student demographics
  • Text alerts, phone calls, emails
  • Voice messaging
  • admission, enrollment and registration
  • advanced scheduling
  • attendance
  • custom report cards
  • discipline
  • grades
  • intuitive design
  • learning management
  • parent portal
  • records management
  • single sign on
  • standards based grading
  • state reporting
  • student portal

Benefits

● Alma is an integrated student information and learning management system that automates school management workflows, helping these institutes to save time and money.

● The tool helps school administration in processing student data and workflow management by providing features such as a contact database, data management, medical records management, attendance tracking and fee collection.

● The product empowers teachers with tools to support their instructional approach by offering features such as course management, curriculum design, progress reports and assignment management, as well as integrating with Google Classroom.

● Schools can design report cards, change bell schedules and identify unique rubrics per class as per their requirements using the extensive customizable options offered by the software.

● Alma also offers a district package that supports unlimited schools at no additional fees and provides access to reporting and school details with a single sign-on per user.

● From inquiry through enrollment, Alma Start transforms your entire admissions and registration experience.

Alma FAQs

Alma FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Alma.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Alma offer?

Alma offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Not Available

Interested in trying out Alma for yourself? Our customized demos are tailored to your specific needs, and FREE. Seeing is believing.

Q. What are the main features of Alma?

Alma offers the following features:

  • Ad hoc and custom reports
  • Advanced scheduling features
  • Assessment tracking
  • Assignment management
  • Attendance management
  • Automate school management workflow
  • Basic reporting
  • Bus route management
  • Contacts
  • Course Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Demographic data
  • Filtering
  • Instructional dashboard
  • Parent/student portal
  • Report cards
  • SIS
  • School calendar
  • Streamline communication with parents
  • Student demographics
  • Text alerts, phone calls, emails
  • Voice messaging
  • admission, enrollment and registration
  • advanced scheduling
  • attendance
  • custom report cards
  • discipline
  • grades
  • intuitive design
  • learning management
  • parent portal
  • records management
  • single sign on
  • standards based grading
  • state reporting
  • student portal

Q. Who are the typical users of Alma?

Alma has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Alma support?

Alma supports the following languages:

English

Q. Does Alma support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Alma supports

Q. What other apps does Alma integrate with?

Alma integrates with the following applications:

Canvas LMS, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Drive, Intercom, Schoology

Q. What level of support does Alma offer?

Alma offers the following support options:

Phone Support, FAQs, Video Tutorials, Online Support, Knowledge Base, Forum