Overview & Features
The journey began in Summer 2007 when Casey Adams and Bob Ghosh identified a series of pain points faced by individual schools and school districts with regards to student administration software and data analytics. The duo set out on a mission to alleviate the pains by building a commercial grade open source school management software, named openSIS and education analytics services, named openIntel.
openSIS-CE, the community edition has become immensely popular globally over the last eight years. It has been downloaded from different servers for over 200,000 times and is in use in approximately 30,000 institutions worldwide, servicing 12 million+ students. Listening to user demands, we released a multi lingual version of the community edition that supports 49 languages.
openSIS-CE helps 20 million+ parents to stay abreast of their students’ education proceedings on a real time basis. The built in messaging services has truly bridged the communication gap between the guardians, teachers and school administration.
We are humbled by the profound impact it has on education and we are motivated by the success to make the core system better and better.
The following are the core features:
- Student Demographics
- Goals and Progresses
- Address & Contact Information
- Multiple types of Scheduling
- Advanced Reports
- Report Cards
- Medical Records
- Parent Portal
- User Customizable Preferences
- User Permission
- Built in messaging
- Multi-school support
openSIS enables the tracking of numerous student demographic attributes in a permanent record and across enrollments. Need something not included in the base installation? Use our custom categories and fields that allow you to easily create numerous custom fields to capture your specific data needs.
Yearly enrollment records are captured and aggregated in one screen. As a student gets promoted, dropped or transferred from one school to the other within the district, a line item is added providing administrators a comprehensive enrollment history.
The rolling/retention options switch is used to mark whether the student will be promoted, retained or not enrolled in the next school year.
Address & Contact Information
Add any number of parents, relatives and legal guardians and capture detailed contact information on each. Added contacts get automatically associated with the student with optional access to the parent portal. Unlimited relationships can be defined and maintained.
openSIS provides the ability to capture vaccinations, disease information, nurse visits, allergies, physician contact information and more to be part of the student record. If the default fields are inadequate, easily add new custom fields to meet your specific needs without programming.
A free form text area is provided to write comments about the selected students that can be used to express opinions or as guidance for other teachers or administrators.
Goals & Progresses
Student’s performance is slumping? Set innumerable defined goals with brief descriptions and track the progress at a regular interval and record the improvements. Easily create a report of the goals and progresses and take it to the parent-teacher meeting for meaningful conversation. This feature can be used for IEP tracking.
openSIS allows uploading of unlimited documents to make it part of the student record.
The internal messaging feature allows students, teachers, parents as well as the administrators to communicate within the openSIS system. It behaves like an email except the discussion thread stays within the application. Messages are real-time and are stored in the database.
openSIS provides multiple ways of scheduling students into the system. For walk-in students, a single student is scheduled into multiple available course sections in a few clicks. For group scheduling, multiple students are searched and selected and scheduled into one or more course sections in one shot.
Students and parents can request course registration and administrators can do the same on behalf of the student. Once all the requests are aggregated, an automated scheduling tool can schedule any number of students into the available course sections.You can make multiple schedule runs as you make adjustments and have multiple schedules within a school.
By period, by day, with comments and all accomplished with a only a few clicks. Customize attendance codes to meet your specific needs. Easily check attendance by using our built-in reports. Student show up late and you need to change their record? Easily done if you have the access rights.
The gradebook allows teachers to enter homework assignments, class tests and any other intra-class activity using weighted scales, if desired. Automated tallying of grades & reports, rectifying erroneously entered grades and advanced ad hoc reporting, simplifies the final grading system with great efficacy.
Report Designer lets you design customized advanced reports for students using simple check boxes and are output to HTML format for easy viewing and printing. openSIS uses MySQL, a relational database that is widely used, plus it is open to use any industry standard reporting tool to create custom reports.
Easily input final grades, create student report cards and calculate GPA's and class rankings. Change a final grade that will affect GPA or class ranking? Simply recalculate GPA's using the built in function in openSIS. Print one report card, all report cards or anywhere in between with the flexibility of openSIS
Transcripts are an important report that high school and college students require. openSIS creates easy to read transcripts detailing the grades, GP points, credit hours attempted, credit hours earned, term and cumulative GPA. Report is output in HTML format so that it can be saved in different formats and printed on plain paper or pre-printed stock with institution logo.
Are you paying for SASI Parent Connect? EdLine? Why? openSIS includes a parent portal that allows parents to see their child’s demographics, grades, attendance, discipline and more, using the same intuitive web interface; it is part of the base solution, and is free.
User Customizable Preferences
Don't like the color? Want to get rid of some fields that you don't use? Easily customize your preferences to suit your needs and likes. It is all easily done with a few simple mouse clicks.
Control access level for each user profile with selection option in a simple checklist format. It provides easy and granular authorization for users within the system.
End-of-the-Year Processing (Rollover)
End-of-the-year-processing can be tedious and scary that often require manual intervention. openSIS provides an easy and convenient way to prepare your school for operation in the next school year. In one click and in a few minutes your system will be rolled over, automatically, saving you time and headache.
openSIS + Moodle
openSIS is bi-directionally integrated with Moodle LMS in the code level using REST-API specifications. It supports Moodle versions 1.9 thru 3.0.x
The two applications are integrated in the following areas:
Users » When a new student, teacher or staff is created in openSIS , they are automatically created in Moodle. For existing users, there is a check box option and when it is checked, the user gets created in Moodle.
Course Manager » openSIS courses are divided into three levels. Subject, Course and Course Period. We have provided the ability to synchronize each level into Moodle as it is created.
Student Schedule » In openSIS, when students are scheduled in a class period that also exist in Moodle, all students are automatically synchronized in Moodle with proper authentication. Students get access to that class and all its contents. The teacher who is teaching the class gets to see all those students enrolled in the Moodle course. The system even creates the calendar weeks in Moodle based on the begin and end dates of the marking period (in openSIS) in which the course period is offered.
Teacher Grade Book » When a Course period is created in openSIS with the option to create in Moodle, a default Assignment category called Moodle is created within the openSIS Grade book This category synchronizes Teacher activities from Moodle in the form of Assignments, Lessons and Quizzes. All grades given in Moodle gets automatically pulled into openSIS.
In openSIS, a Teacher can look at progress report that will show grades from openSIS and Moodle. When the final grades are created for report cards, there is an option to import grade book grades. When you do so, your Moodle grades get factored in. Therefore, if you are using Moodle for graded assignments, you can combine the grades in openSIS and Moodle to give the student a combined grade.
Alternately, if a Teacher wants to exclude the grades from Moodle, he/she can put an asterisk (*) in the assignment to exclude it from the calculation.
Option 1 : On premises installation. Purchase openSIS and the Moodle integrator
For those of you who are running Moodle on-site and would like to run openSIS on-premises also. We can either install the integration pack for you or can guide you to do this yourself. It's your choice.
Option 2 : Affordable hosted solutions in the "cloud" for every budget
No hassle option in the cloud. Always the latest code. We take care of all maintenance. All you need is a web browser. Peace of mind, delivered.