What is Alma?

Alma’s future-proof student information system tools optimize K-12 school operations, empowering educators to improve family engagement and student outcomes. From daily processes to community-wide communication and state reporting, Alma’s solutions enhance educational best practices. Our mission is to help create the greatest generation of educators so that they can create the greatest generation of students.

Empower progress. Spark potential.

Who Uses Alma?

Thousands of K-12 schools and districts across 44 countries and 45 states are using Alma's groundbreaking student information system to transform their learning communities. Are you next?

Where can Alma be deployed?

Cloud, SaaS, Web-based, Mac (Desktop), Windows (Desktop), Linux (Desktop), Chromebook (Desktop), Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

About the vendor

  • Alma SIS
  • Founded in 2012
  • Phone Support
  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Countries available

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra and 245 others

Languages

Arabic, Basque, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan and 42 others

Alma pricing

Starting Price:

Not provided by vendor
  • No free trial
  • No free version

Alma does not have a free version and does not offer a free trial.

Pricing plans

About the vendor

  • Alma SIS
  • Founded in 2012
  • Phone Support
  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Countries available

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra and 245 others

Languages

Arabic, Basque, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan and 42 others

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Features of Alma

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Application Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Built-in LMS
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Class Summary
  • Classroom Management
  • Communication Management
  • Contact Database
  • Course Management
  • Curriculum Management
  • Curve Scores
  • Customisable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Discipline Management
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Enrollment Confirmation
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Collection
  • Fee Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • Forms Management
  • Grade Calculations
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Individualised Assessments
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Learning Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Online Registration
  • Parent Portal
  • Parent/Student Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Polls/Voting
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Broadcasting
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Report Cards
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Scoring
  • Screen Sharing
  • Self Service Portal
  • Session Recording
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Teacher Dashboard
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transcripts
  • Two Way Audio & Video
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Visual Analytics
  • Wait List Management
  • Weighted Assignments
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews of Alma

Average score

Overall
4.3
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.6
Features
4.0
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
James
James
Co-Founder in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Education Management, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Glad we're using Alma

5.0 3 years ago

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.

Alma Response

3 years ago

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

April
Data Systems Administrator in US
Education Management, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Alma Software Review (SBG school)

4.0 last year

Comments: Support has been very helpful, typically it seems we have questions that either haven't been asked before or are not implemented yet. Faculty/staff is able to access the reports tab which helps them track students and contacts quickly and has access to student records and class schedules.

Pros:

Alma is easier than our former software and allows us to use our Standards Based Grading which is our priority. Parents were able to quickly learn how to use the system and the attendance feature is great. Students were also able to learn the system and although it doesn't have a comprehensive calendar with their schedules and our school activities, they were able to use the daily tab to track their classes.

Cons:

The calendar is static and unable to be exported to phones/other calendars so we had to create an app for that. The reports are not as in-depth as needed and we aren't able to save our filters/criteria that we use often. They are still working on SBG reporting so many items we aren't able to track as we typically do through reports. The report card set up is limited for what we need in our report cards; we had to use every work-around to get a report card as we needed, but they do work now.

Alternatives Considered: PraxiSchool and Schoology

Reasons for Choosing Alma: K-12 was trying to start Standards Based Grading but didn't meet our deadline.

Switched From: Blackbaud K-12 Solutions

Reasons for Switching to Alma: It has what we needed for Standard Based Grading both in assignments and report cards for tracking.

Tasha
School Receptionist and Registrar in US
Education Management, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alma is a game changer for this school receptionist!

5.0 last month New

Pros:

I love how easy it is to navigate through Alma. Doing attendance is quick and easy, using the robo attendance phone call to parents saves me so much time. Running reports is easy. Literally everything you need is at your fingertips!! Customer service is also amazing, they are polite, they respond quickly and resolve all issues.

Cons:

I don't have one single thing about Alma that I don't like. It's just so easy to use and convenient.

Lauren
Assistant Academic Coordinator in US
Education Management, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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

3.0 4 years ago

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.

Jenny
Executive Assistant in US
Education Management, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Alma Makes My Job SOOOO Much Easier!

4.0 4 months ago

Comments: Overall, our experience has been very positive. The quick responses to questions and the help available is wonderful!
We do have some questions about standardized grading (we plan to tackle those questions this summer!!)

Pros:

I LOVE the customer service, everyone is very personable and quick to respond. My questions are answered completely and I am always directed to where I can find answers to my questions. The program is very easy to use and, typically, I can figure out most issues I am having using the resource pages.

Cons:

It might be lack of knowledge on our end, but the teachers are not happy with the standardized grading in Alma. I would also like to be able to allow more detailed access to only certain teachers with specified things.