Alma is future-proof technology.

Every aspect of the platform has been built to ensure that your school’s data is safe, secure, and protected. Moreover, Alma is resilient to failure, while utilizing tried-and-true best practices in user-interface design and leveraging the capabilities of our internationally recognized hosting provider.

  • Alma is a web-based, cross-browser application that works equally well on a PC, Mac, iPad, tablet, or any mobile device.
  • No downloads are required to use Alma – everything is available via your web browser, or on any mobile device via AlmaNow (progressive web app.)
  • Alma supports the latest versions of the most popular internet browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

  • Alma’s SIS/LMS platform is truly all-in-one. There are no separate logins to manage and no cumbersome data synchronization is required.
  • Alma’s reporting solution is built-in and, like the rest of the application, it is available via the same application login.
  • Alma integrates with numerous 3rd party vendor platforms.

  • From the top of our stack to the bottom, Alma is architected and built on proven, industry-leading technology.
  • HTML5/CSS3 and Javascript form the basis of our front-end user experience. There are no plugins or other tools to install.
  • Behind the scenes, Alma leverages the high performance web server Nginx which, with its event-driven and asynchronous architecture, allows Alma to scale easily to handle peak demand.
  • The core of our application is built with PHP (which runs a significant portion of the web).
  • Alma leverages MongoDB as our database. Every district is different, and MongoDB’s dynamic schema allows us to meet your unique data needs. Unlike traditional RBDMS, MongoDB was built from the ground up for scale. With automatic scaling features, the ability to handle petabytes of data and hundreds of thousands of operations per second, MongoDB makes it easy for Alma to offer high performance reporting on large datasets.

  • Alma is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a proven leader in the world of cloud-based infrastructure hosting. AWS allows us to host the Alma platform in multiple availability zones and locations to ensure all users can always access their data.
  • Alma’s highly flexible design allows us to easily scale for schools large and small. Every aspect of our application is load-balanced and redundant to ensure that you have access to Alma without interruption.
  • Each school’s data is secure and protected. Alma’s multi-tiered design, coupled with commerce-grade encryption, keeps sensitive student information safe. Moreover, each school’s database is separate and distinct with its own keys for access.
  • User error happens. Alma backs up all school data on an hourly basis to ensure your data can easily be restored should you need it. Hourly backups are kept for several weeks.

Alma SIS cannot keep growing without the continuing collaboration and partnership of educational leaders like you.

From attending Q&A sessions, panel discussions, webinars, conferences, sending us user stories, and amazing testimonials, your stories have not only impacted everyone here at Alma, but show how deeply you care about the success of your students.

Because of your critical feedback and requests to better serve your learning community’s unique needs, this year Alma has been able to create and rollout programs like:

Navigator, to give administrators a better onboarding experience and more control over workflows across their schools

App Center, to make sure your school or district is able to seamlessly integrate mission-critical 3rd party applications …

And Alma’s Spanish parent and student portal, for more accessible communication with your students and their families, increasing family engagement and promoting equitable educational practices.

Above all, we are incredibly grateful for your tenacity, creativity, care, intentionality, and commitment to the students and families you serve.

We can’t think of anything more worthy of celebration. So here’s to you!

From all of us at Alma, may you enjoy this season of gratitude, celebration, and collaboration not just in this last month of 2021 but into 2022, and beyond.

Alma will be with you every step of the way. Cheers!

Andrew Herman

Co-founder + Chief Executive Officer

Mike Oliver

Co-Founder + Head of Product

Elizabeth Long

Co-Founder + Vice President of Services