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Re: [school-discuss] Web-based School Administration...

mquinn@quinnteam.com wrote:
Hello all.

I've been doing some searching for a web-based school administration program using the software resource listings on schooforge and other web sites. I've evaluated several of the applications and found only a couple to be really up to speed for production use.

NOTE: My notes/comments regarding the following applications are not intended to offend the developers/supporters of those applications. It's simply my naive comments based on only a couple of hours of research. Apologies in advance for anything mis-stated. :-)

I've currently looked at:

* OpenAdminForSchool - The demo shows a very rough interface and
very few complete features.
* DistrictDNA - Install was complicated and it's not a web-based
* Educational Information System - Nothing but a framework so far;
nothing really usable yet. Looks like some great goals though.
* Ionia Student - In planning stages
* LISSARD - Again, some nice ideas, but mostly boilerplate for more
complete features in the future.
* MainBrain - Really nice commercial application, but I've no idea
of the pricing. It looks like expensive software.
* SchoolMation - Very nice software and extremely reasonable in
pricing. Anyone out there used this?
* MyPHPSchool - Again, fairly incomplete and no real examples to demo.
* OpenSIS - Sounds promising, but the site "opensis.org" is down. Anyone use this?
* OpenUSS - Has some outstanding looking concepts for making
material available, but doesn't seem to encompass administration
tasks. (Grades, student info, etc.)

Anyways, you get the idea. Is anyone on this list currently using web-based software that is of production quality and will do some or all of the following:

1. Student Information (name, age, address, phone, parents, photograph, etc.)
2. Grade Tracking (Transcripts, report cards, class averages, etc.)
3. Attendance Tracking
4. Emergency Contact Information
5. Course Tracking
6. Generic Form/Document Tracking (Permission slips, parent communication, etc.)
7. Internet News Publishing
8. Secure Parental Internet Access

Thanks for any feedback you can give.


If you don't find what you want, please check drop by http://leopard.sourceforge.org and list your specifications.

I'll make sure that we develop modules to do what you want in rapid fashion.

Tom Adelstein