What is ParentSquare?
ParentSquare is a safe and secure platform for all school-to-home communication. The two-way group messaging, private conversations, district-wide alerts and notices, and simple user interface keeps everyone connected, creating a vibrant school community.
In today's ed-tech world, schools need a better communication system than relying on hard-to-track emails, lost flyers, missed robocalls, website updates that are never read, or piggybacking on SIS or LMS tools meant for student communication. ParentSquare brings the power of ed-tech revolution to the parents. It reverses the trend for disparate, one-way communication that keeps parents as 'spectators' to their child's education.
Understanding the need for a whole-school adoption, we strive to keep an easy to use interface for ParentSquare, much like the social tools you are used to in today's online digital world. ParentSquare caters to every parent, including those who rarely use technology.
ParentSquare for iOS
With ParentSquare for iOS, parents can easily connect with teachers and staff at their children’s school from their iOS device. The app allows parents to:
- View posts, appreciate and comment
- Sign up for wish list items, volunteer, and RSVP and view your sign ups
- Check dates for upcoming school and class events and add them to your device calendar
- Send private messages (with attachments) to staff members (or other ParentSquare users*) in your school
- Participate in group conversations
- View posted pictures and files
- View the directory of your child’s school*
- View notices (attendance, cafeteria, library dues)
- Respond to absences or tardies*
- Purchase for goods and services offered for sale by the school
* If allowed by your school's implementation
Bug fixes and user experience improvements
Ratings and Reviews
I am so impressed by the interactive notifications, either important or just informative pieces of info. My Bruin is a freshman and I can't tell you how many times I've been reminded by this email The Parents Square of things, that my 14 year old hasn't quite gotten the reminder button working in his brain to share with me. I love it!!! I appreciate all the teachers, leaders and really the students that work hard to help other students!! This act of kindness says a lot for the Ponderosa Bruins as a team!!! I'm a Cougar in my heart, class of 75, (yikes), but I truly truly love the Ponderosa Bruins, and am proud to say I'm also a Bruin at heart!!! Great job everyone...
Excellent method of communication
This app has been a very effective tool for keeping in touch with our children's teachers, specific classes, and entire school. I especially appreciate the ability to message an individual or small group of people, instead of the entire consortium of parents and school staff. The volunteer reminders are fantastic and really help keep us on track as to what the needs are of each grade, as well as how we can be most helpful -- without promptly forgetting. I wish all schools used this app!
App is slow
The app takes a while to load when starting. When watching videos or viewing multiple pieces of content, the download time is painful even if you’re on excellent WiFi and that is if it doesn’t crash on you. Streaming videos shouldn’t be difficult in this day and age but this app feels extremely outdated. There should also be better notification settings. Most in my community just turn off their notifications because they feel too bombarded but the options don’t allow for batch notifications. This then leads to most folks missing timely information in the app.
@LucyTR - thank you for bringing the video issue to our attention, I will bring this up with our tech team. We are aware of the notification preferences limitation and will be providing a better experience soon. We pride ourselves on a good app experience so your feedback is appreciated.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.