Blog | March 7, 2024

March 7, 2024

5 Solid Reasons to Upgrade Your Outdated SIS Right NOW

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By Lauren Cybulski, M.Ed  – Director of Independent & Charter Schools, Alma

In the dynamic world of education, where the challenges of high teacher turnover and the increasing demands for parental involvement loom large, the necessity for schools to adapt and evolve has never been more critical. One fundamental aspect of this adaptation is the selection and use of a School Information System (SIS) that meets the modern educational demands efficiently. Alma emerges as a beacon of innovation in this landscape, offering a solution that not only addresses these challenges but also paves the way for a smoother, more engaging educational experience for all stakeholders involved.

The Imperative of Immediate Upgrade

The thought of transitioning to a new SIS might seem daunting, especially when considering the timing and resources involved. However, the cost of inaction—or delaying this necessary upgrade—can far exceed the initial investment in time and finances required to switch to a more advanced system like Alma. Here are 5 reasons why making the switch now, rather than later, is a prudent decision:

1. Prevent Administrative Nightmares

Outdated SIS platforms are notorious for their inefficiencies and errors, such as transcript mishaps, which can have far-reaching consequences on a student’s academic journey. Alma’s proactive data management system is designed to eliminate these errors, prioritizing the core educational mission over the time-consuming troubleshooting that often accompanies legacy systems. By upgrading now, schools can avoid the stress and potential reputational damage caused by such administrative issues.

2. Streamline Faculty Onboarding

The high rate of teacher turnover in schools today calls for a system that can quickly bring educators up to speed. Alma’s intuitive platform ensures that new teachers can learn the system swiftly, thus freeing up their time to focus on what truly matters—teaching and engaging with students. The sooner a school upgrades to Alma, the quicker it can benefit from streamlined faculty onboarding, reducing the stress on both new teachers and administrative staff.

3. Boost Parental Engagement

In today’s educational environment, parental involvement is key to student success. Alma facilitates this by providing a transparent, immediate line of communication regarding student progress. Upgrading to Alma now means starting the school year on a strong note, with enhanced parental engagement from the get-go. This proactive approach can reduce stress for educators and administrators by establishing positive relationships with parents early on.

4. Cut Unnecessary Expenses

The inefficiencies of outdated SIS platforms are not just a drain on time and resources; they also have a tangible financial impact. By moving to Alma, schools can avoid the costs associated with these inefficiencies, including the prevention of costly administrative errors before they occur. The investment in upgrading to Alma is offset by the savings realized through enhanced efficiency and reduced error rates, making the switch a financially sound decision.

5. Smooth Transition with Navigator

Concerned about the upgrade process? Alma’s Navigator tool ensures a supportive, guided implementation process, making the transition smooth and stress-free. Starting this process now means that any potential hurdles can be addressed well before the new school year begins, ensuring a seamless start.

Choosing to upgrade to Alma is more than just selecting a new SIS; it’s a strategic decision that can significantly impact the stress levels and financial health of your educational institution. With its focus on preventing administrative issues, streamlining faculty onboarding, boosting parental engagement, and cutting unnecessary expenses, Alma represents a holistic solution that addresses the multifaceted challenges faced by today’s schools. Embrace the change with Alma now, and set the stage for a headache-free school year.

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