Are you currently an owner of a school or college, or even thinking of starting one? If yes, did you know that a school management system helps to manage the various aspects of a school such as students, teachers, courses, grades, transcripts and many more. Photo by vancouverfilmschool.
Every school, no matter how big or small can utilize a school management system to gain some of the following benefits:
- Easily track student demographics (for example, 70% are female students)
- Store key student information such as address and contact numbers in case of emergencies.
- Assist in scheduling courses for both teachers and students.
- Track student attendances.
- Notify students via sms in case a class is cancelled
Most school management systems these days are usually built from scratch based on a school’s actual requirements. This approach takes the most time and effort to achieve.
If your school is a new start up, and you really need a system to be in place before the first few students enroll, you can consider utilizing this free and open source student management system called OpenSIS – Open Source Student Information System.
Although OpenSIS is well known as a student information system, I have installed and tried it out on my development environment and found out that it allows you to manage more than just student information such as:
- Report Cards
- Health Records
- Parent Portal
- Courses and Activities
OpenSIS is a web based solution which can be installed on the following platform:
- Web Server: Apache
- Database: Either PostgreSQL or MySQL
- Programming Language: PHP
I believe OpenSIS is not just useful for local schools and colleges but also for:
- Music schools
- Dancing academies
- Martial arts schools
- Private institutions
- Tuition classes
To easily evaluate if these OpenSIS features and capabilities suites your school, simply head over to OpenSIS website and click on the Try Now button to give it a test without having to install anything. Hope this tool recommendation helps academicians and school administrators out there!