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 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
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
4,2
/
5
Excellent
113

Very good
77

Average
7

Poor
8

Terrible
12

Value for Money
4,1
Features
3,9
Ease of Use
4,3
Customer Support
4,5
88% recommended this app
James W.

Glad we're using Alma


Barbara R.

ALMA is what we were looking for....

This program has helped our students, staff, and parents utilize one student management system and use it to it's fullest potential. Each people group is able to pull from the system the vital information they need; some need more than others and the program has addressed all levels of information and all levels of user. That was important to us as we needed something that our staff could use to keep track of vital demographics, our teachers could use to track student grades and assignments and yet parents and students could log on and keep track of grades, test assessments and missing assignments. It meets the needs of every level.


Lauren B.

Used for an elementary, has great services, could be improved.


Nick G.

A solid Student SIS

They are a fantastic company with a bright future ahead of them. I'm happy to support them, enjoy using their product, and appreciate their customer service.


E. F.

Great Support!

We have always had great success with Alma. They are supportive, friendly, and responsive.


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

Barbara R.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 11-50 Employees

ALMA is what we were looking for....

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/05/07
Review Source: Capterra

This program has helped our students, staff, and parents utilize one student management system and use it to it's fullest potential. Each people group is able to pull from the system the vital information they need; some need more than others and the program has addressed all levels of information and all levels of user. That was important to us as we needed something that our staff could use to keep track of vital demographics, our teachers could use to track student grades and assignments and yet parents and students could log on and keep track of grades, test assessments and missing assignments. It meets the needs of every level.

Pros

This product is very easy to use, in real time and easy to understand. Novel users can open up this SIS program and navigate in order to find the information they are looking for.

Cons

We were one of the first public schools to sign on with ALMA, therefore we have evolved with the company. There have been some growing pains as we have evolved. The tech support teams have been gracious and very helpful in keeping us up to speed and rolling.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Lauren B.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

Used for an elementary, has great services, could be improved.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/06/24
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I LOVE the customer service. They are always willing to work with us and help us adapt the program to what we need. I love the many different reporting features and how they each have a unique description that helps me find exactly what I need. I also like that I can star the reports I frequently use. I like that I am able to easily fill in grades in the "gradebook" tab, as well as having the opportunity to quickly report final grades at the end of the term. I am also happy with the ease in resetting a password for a user who has forgotten theirs as well as the quick ability to change a username. I appreciate that many users can have access to the same information (meaning a student and both of their parents can have their own accounts but access the same information on their child). I think overall I am mostly impressed with Alma's support team, how quickly and professionally they respond, how they will not let me leave the conversation until they are satisfied that all of my questions have been answered and my concerns resolved, and I love that they are constantly updating, making the website better, and then sending out an email with all of the updates and detailed instructions on how to utilize them.

Cons

I feel the website could be slightly more user friendly. There are often times it takes longer than I would like to access the information that I need (a lot of clicking through redundant tabs and not a lot of short cuts). I also wish it was easier for parents to understand the website. I don't like that there is no easy way for a parent to access a student's missing work, instead having to look through each class and assignment to see what has and has not been turned in. I also wish there was a way for us, as administrators and teachers, to see exactly what the parents see. It is hard to give advice and support to a parent when their screen looks different from mine; and I often don't know if they can see everything that I can, like all of the notes and assignment descriptions and what not. Otherwise, I am mostly happy with Alma.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Nick G.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 201-500 Employees

A solid Student SIS

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/04/28
Review Source: Capterra

They are a fantastic company with a bright future ahead of them. I'm happy to support them, enjoy using their product, and appreciate their customer service.

Pros

The main selling point from Alma was the ease of use. Out of all of the systems I've demoed and tried, it was easily the easiest to log in, poke around, and figure out how to do what I needed to do with minimal training.

The second selling point is their customer service. Absolutely top notch. Their people are friendly, very responsive, and (most importantly) humans. I enjoy talking to them! I can usually get a response from a rep within minutes and even our teachers are welcome to message them with questions.

The third selling point is that they are new system with a considerably active development cycle. We knew, going into it, that they wouldn't be as fully fleshed out as competitors like PowerSchool. That also means that it's easier for newer and fresher ideas to be implemented. It's not built on some old archaic database. Many of the features they do have that I use regularly such as the Report Card Builder and the Spreadsheet Data Editor/Report builder are very well done. We regularly get emails about new features being added and they listen to their customers when new features are requested. They've given us a lot of new toys since we first signed on with them.

The final selling point is narwhals.

Cons

Probably the biggest issue that I face regularly is that their district level stuff isn't as fleshed out as I would like it to be. Many of the cool features that are available at each of the schools I manage can't be done in the district portion, aggregating all data and whatnot. I've been told they are working on that stuff though!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

E. F.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Great Support!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/04/28
Review Source: Capterra

We have always had great success with Alma. They are supportive, friendly, and responsive.

Pros

The customer service reps are always kind and supportive. They are quick to respond and ready to help out. They even change their software based on suggestions.

Cons

There is nothing that I find to be the least liked about this software. They are always willing to help and update.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,4/10
Based on 217 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
4,1/5
Based on 217 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
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
3,9/5
Based on 217 user ratings
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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. What type of pricing plans does Alma offer?

Alma has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

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