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PowerSchool access for students and parents allows monitoring of progress and performance in school. AAPS middle and high schools use PowerSchool for grades, attendance and class information. AAPS elementary schools use PowerSchool primarily for attendance and class information. PowerSchool is a great tool for communication between home and school, but remember that any questions you have about your son or daughter can still be answered by emailing or calling teachers, counselors, or administrators.

Now Available:

Android Versions of Parent and Student  Mobile Apps

Here you will find answers to many common questions regarding the PowerSchool system. Choose a topic below, or browse through all the topics.

Getting Help

  • If you are a student and have lost your password, please contact your class secretary to request a password reminder letter by mail.
  • If you are a parent and do not have your access ID for each of your students, please contact each school or class office.
  • If you are having trouble creating a parent SSO account, subscribing to calendars or progress reports, or other technical issues, please email psparent(at)


Introduction Once You are Logged In
Getting Started/Logging In Updating Your Email/Phone Info
Subscribing to Calendars Corresponding with Teachers 
Accessing PowerSchool on Mobile Phone or Tablet 


PowerSchool Introduction

Welcome to the PowerSchool help guide for students and parents/guardians.

PowerSchool is an easy to use, web-based student information system. It is intended to provide students, parents/guardians and teachers with a tool to communicate student performance. PowerSchool may be accessed from any place with Internet access. The application uses a secure link that encrypts the data to and from the end user and is very secure.

In addition, each student is provided with a separate username and password that allows access to only the appropriate student records. Starting in February 2013, each parent/guardian is required to create a single sign-on allowing them to access all their students with just one login and password. The access codes required to create the new parent accounts are available from the school offices.

NOTE!: To protect your student’s information, no usernames or passwords are given over the phone or through email. Students and parents may contact the class, SLC or building secretary to request a reminder letter of their usernames and password via mail. Once a parent/guardian has created an individual parent login, they will be able to reset their own passwords via that single sign-on account.


Getting Started

The Login page allows authorized users to access the web pages containing their student's information. The username and password must be entered exactly as provided to you. Each username and password is unique to each student.

Students and parents/guardians may access the system by going to:

Students may use their login and password to access the portal here as well as  parents who have created their own individual single sign on accounts. Parents who have not yet created an account should scroll down to the 'Create an Account' section which will allow parents to make an account that allows them to access any and all their children under one account. Details here.

Clicking the 'Having trouble signing in?' link will provide options for help and prompts for single sign-on account holders to verify their usernames and reset their passwords.

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Once you are logged in. You will see:

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Grades and Attendance

This is the default page that you see upon entering your username and password. To return to this page from any other menu selection, click on the green PowerSchool logo or the Grades and Attendance icon at the top left of your screen.

This page displays an overview of the student's attendance information from the current and previous weeks and grade information.  There is a legend at the bottom of the screen to explain the meaning of all of the attendance markings. The course names, teachers’ names, term grades and recorded attendance are also displayed on this screen.  All text items that are blue are links to additional information or email links to teachers.

Grades History

This page provides historical grades and attendance from previous quarters.

Attendance History

Clicking on numbers within the Absences column will link you to a detailed list of absences for a particular course in the current year.

Email Notification

This button does not show up when using the student login. Parent logins offer the option of having updates emailed when assignments are posted, school bulletins are updated, etc.

Update Contacts

This button does not show up when using the student login. This is a custom screen that AAPS has added to allow parents to notify the schools that they have a new/different address, phone number or email address. Parents may also use this page to select the number to which they would like SchoolMessenger calls directed. SchoolMessenger is the district's phone and email messaging system. Parent contact information is uploaded from PowerSchool to SchoolMessenger frequently. More information on updating contact information is available below.


Links to Food Services and the MyPaymentsPlus site with balance as of the previous day.

Teacher Comments

One of three places teachers can leave comments about students. Comments are also available under assignments and posted with final grades.

School Bulletin

A space for school announcements and updates from the buildings. Note that not all buildings are utilizing this feature this year.

Class Registration

Only available during registration times.

My Calendars

Click to subscribe to specific homework and event calendars.



Updating Your Contact Information

AAPS uses a phone and email contact system called SchoolMessenger. To make sure that parents/guardians have a way to check their current contact information as well as indicate changes and preferences numbers being used, AAPS added the 'Update Contacts' page to the Parent Portal. On this page, parents may request a change to street addresses or phone or email addresses. Building staff regularly look for these requests and, once any questions are resolved, submit the changes. Parent contact information is refreshed daily in SchoolMessenger.

Address changes are indicated at the top of the page. Note that schools will require the parent provide proof of address information as for a new enrollment. In the center section of the page are columns showing the current phone and email addresses for the parents/guardians associated with that student. Each parent/guardian can record a home, work and/or cell phone plus an email address. To the right, they may indicate the phone number on which SchoolMessenger general announcements and attendance updates should be directed.

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Corresponding With Teachers

When a concern arises about attendance or a grade that appears in PowerSchool we ask that you follow these steps:

  1. Talk with your child first. Ask them about their grade(s) or attendance before contacting the school.
  2. Review the course grading philosophy/system of the teacher. This may answer the question of why the student has received the grade or explain how the assignments add up to the current average.
  3. Check to see if there is an assignment description. In the Class Score Detail page if the assignment is listed in blue, you can click on the link for more detailed information. This may help to clarify what was involved or expected for a particular assignment.
  4. Check the date of the assignment. An assignment handed in late may receive deductions from its score.
  5. Realizing that no system is perfect, if a discrepancy is found please send one email to the attention of the teacher. We are all working together to achieve the highest level of consistency and accuracy possible. Please be patient as we continue with developing this program to be the best it can be.


If you are using an email client application (i.e. Outlook, Entourage, etc) clicking on one of the teacher names under the Course title will allow you to send an email directly to the teacher.  Please do not modify the subject line that is automatically entered onto the mail message. The subject line will help ensure that the message is identified as a parent contact to our staff within our email system.

If you are using a web-based email such as Yahoo or Hotmail, note the email address when you move your mouse over the name and send email through your web email.  Depending on which web browser you are using it may appear in the lower left corner of the window when you hover your mouse over the teacher's name.


Working With Calendars

PowerSchool uses the 'ics' calendar format which will connect readily with Apple's iCal and is compatible with Google's gCalendar app. Windows users can use gCal or may need to download a third-party app such as the free Sunbird calendar.

If you are a Mac user are receiving an error when attempting to subscribe, please read the following. Most of the Mac questions we get are from folks who do not usually use Safari as their browser. You may need to make a temporary exception to set up PowerSchool calendars in iCal. The issue is related to the SSL certificates on the PowerSchool servers. iCal doesn't seem to have its own certificate authorization process but it does check the OSX system keychain. The quirk is that the only way to get the certificate approved in the keychain is to use Safari and not Firefox, Camaro, Opera or other non-Apple products.

When you visit the PowerSchool site with Safari you may receive a prompt about the security certificate and have the opportunity to go through despite the prompt. You want to go one step further and opt to 'Always Trust' the SSL certificate. This causes it to be updated in your system keychain. You should restart iCal if it is running when you make that change.

Login and subscribe to the Homework calendar—should now work. Note: There are two assignment related calendars--one with just the homework bits and a second with the homework plus the grade. The latter one with grades will work only with iCal and will require the use of the STUDENT login and password.

Please email psparent(at) if you are unable to subscribe.


PowerSchool Mobile Apps for Apple iOS and Android Available

Pearson has released PowerSchool apps for both Apple iOS and Android. Use of the mobile apps required that SSO be in use. SSOwas enabled on February 15, 2013.

The iOS apps for students, parents and teachers are compatible with the iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®. Parent and students with Android phones and tablets may go to the Google Play store to download the free apps for their devices.

Users with other types of smart phone or tablets should note that PowerSchool works on most built-in mobile browsers and automatically shows a mobile version of the portal which is optimized for small screens.