Schoology

Updated September 15, 2022

Schoology is part of PowerSchool United Classroom Solution and is designed to support the learning experience for classrooms grades K-12. The goal is to empower educators, improve student performance, and engage parents – all on one platform. The platform supports student growth and creates opportunities for individualized learning in a hybrid of ways, be it at home, in the classroom, or on the go.

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What is Schoology?

Schoology is a powerful tool for school districts all the way down to the individual student. It integrates completely with the Microsoft and Google productivity suites, among others.

Educators can build out courses and templates for their specific class with assignments and group discussions or share these lessons district-wide. They can also create personalized learning paths for individual students.

The ability of Schoology to provide learning in many different formats helps to enforce ideas and learning, improving student engagement. It also gives educators many ways to assess learning across grade levels and buildings.

Students can use Schoology to get instructional content, communicate with teachers, and collaborate with peers. It uses one intuitive dashboard and shows students their courses, calendar, assignments, and more.

Schoology provides content that is a dedicated and accessible user experience appropriate for the individual learner’s grade and cognitive level in grades K-12.

schoology courses tab screenshot

Screenshot: Student courses tab with all the courses they are enrolled in. Source: Schoology student account.

Parents can access their student’s courses and grades through Schoology. Updates, alerts, and direct messaging keep parents involved in their student’s learning. Schoology’s mobile app for iPhone and Android users provides a seamless on-the-go experience.

schoology student grades and attendance screenshot

Screenshot: Student grades and attendance. Source: Schoology Student account.

Upon our review, Schoology is at the top of the list for learners in grades K-12. Its unique ability to support and reinforce learning from the classroom to home and everywhere in between makes it a key resource in the learning puzzle. It makes it easy for learning to happen district-wide or on the individual student level. It encompasses the entire learning team, from the educator to the student and the family.

Schoology Pros and Cons

Pros
  • District-wide ability to share content
  • Builds collaboration between students, teachers, and parents
  • Create individualized content for learners
  • Use it anywhere for hybrid learning
  • Facebook style format
Cons
  • Schoology was not responsive to our requests for pricing.
  • Different dashboards for parents vs. students
  • Migration is not included
schoology student dashboard screenshot

Screenshot: Student dashboard. Source: Schoology Student account.

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Screenshot: Parent dashboard. Source: Schoology Parent account.

How much does Schoology cost?

PowerSchool United Classroom Solution has not yet provided details on pricing. B2B Reviews made several attempts to request this information from PowerSchool and did not receive a response at the time of writing this review. In the past, there has been a free Schoology Basic program, but we were not able to confirm if it’s still available.

Which features does Schoology offer?

Learning Management System Features
Integrates with various educational formats and tools
Social learning opportunities
Assess and analyze data on the district level all the way down to an individual level
SCROM compliant
Build and share courses, templates, and curriculum across the district in the course library

Other notable Schoology features

  • Create student groups, family groups, and staff groups as a place to communicate and collaborate.
  • Flexible “Resources” section for teachers to manage materials by district, grade level, or per classroom.
  • Microsoft immersive reader feature supports students with special needs and students and families that need language accommodations.
  • Over 200 pre-integrated education tools, student information systems, and education platforms.
  • Supports video communications.
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Screenshot: Parent resources tab. Source: Schoology Parent account.

What types of support does Schoology offer?

Data Migration
1-on-1 Live Training
Self-Guided Online Training
Knowledge Base
FAQs/Forum
Email Support
Live Chat
Phone Support

Schoology user review highlights

We analyzed 941 user reviews about Schoology from 5 third-party review websites to provide this summary.

When it comes to Schoology pros and cons, there are many on each side. Gripes about Schoology center around integration problems. The program is even set up to integrate with Google, but some users still found it cumbersome to get it to work. Several educators report that there aren’t enough opportunities for automation, and therefore a lot of clicking needs to be done and typing out simple and repeatable comments like “Good job.” The other issue stems from the fact that the parent dashboard isn’t the same as the student dashboard, and while parents can view it as their student, they can’t experience it the same way with access to everything.

Those that love Schoology really love it. Positive Schoology reviews point to ease of use as a big plus. It is laid out like Facebook, and users find it very easy to navigate, view new threads, find stuff, and communicate. The other big positive to Schoology is that teachers love the organization features. They find it incredibly easy to manage classroom resources, organize courses, and even archive courses and templates.

  • Ease of Setup – The consensus seems to be that the setup for Schoology was easy – even when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and schools needed to set up and begin using it immediately.
  • Ease of Use – One of the biggest highlights for users is how much like Facebook Schoology is and, therefore, how easy it is to navigate and use.
  • Features – Users seem especially impressed with Schoology’s resource management and discussion features.
  • Quality of Support – Customer support isn’t really mentioned in many reviews of Schoology. It could be that the platform is truly so easy to use that the need to access customer service is rare.
  • Value for Money – Most users find good value in Schoology for the money. Users find that the ease of use and organization, as well as the Facebook-like layout, really make it one of the best learning management systems for education.

Schoology Contact Information

Parent Company:
PowerSchool
Headquarters:
United States
Year Founded:
2009
Website:
www.powerschool.com/solutions/unified-classroom/schoology-learning/
Facebook:
facebook.com/powerschool
Twitter:
twitter.com/MyPowerSchool
LinkedIn:
linkedin.com/company/powerschool-group-llc/
Instagram:
instagram.com/schoology/
TikTok:
tiktok.com/@schoology.offical

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