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, including:
* Support for document scanning when adding attachments to posts and direct messages
* More Siri Shortcuts for commonly used features
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Honestly as a technically challenged parent this app scared me. After exploring the easy to use app, and using the readily useful communication tools my comfort level eased quite a bit. The videos seemed slow and do get stuck making viewing a lesson difficult, but none the less I’m still impressed. Actually I was struggling a bit with my son on the subject of learning in school. Despite the COVID-19 crisis I feel like I’m developing a much closer relationship with my son as far as discussing what he’s actually learned and where he needs help. I also feel much closer to his teacher giving me the satisfaction of actively being apart of the education being presented to my child. This has been a very positive experience for not just my son, but the entire family! My two year old can now participate in educational activities with his brother instead of racing out to the curb every morning to wait for the big yellow Twinkie that he doesn’t get to ride.
Very easy to use!
I use this as a teacher. Prior to switching over to PS I have used Remind and Class Dojo. I liked both applications for what each brought to the table. Although I did favor Remind a bit more for its usability. At one point my district tried to get us to use Sangha and I refused. It was a terrible and unfriendly program. This year they introduced PS and I have officially closed my Remind account and moved over to PS. Whether I’m using the app or on my laptop it has the best of all messaging apps. My word count is larger, I can post videos, pictures, links, etc. I can schedule messages. Sending private group messages are much easier than on Remind. I like the “forms/permission” option. My parents said it was super easy to sign a permission slip. And best of all? I don’t have to hope that all my parents will join the app. It’s connected to our student rosters so I know that almost every parent will receive my messages.
Very useful, could benefit from some additions/ tweaks
As a teacher, PS has been a great tool for communicating with my families. I know there are many ways to use it. I sometimes find it complicated to figure things out. For instance, if you go to add ons it says you can easily create groups by adding students, but it doesn’t explain how to get started. This is just one example, it’s also confusing to see results from forms or polls and hard to figure out which will be useful for the info you want. I would like to be able to share photos easier in messages. I found that simple in ClassDojo.
Lastly, when I’m looking at messages it scrolls way too fast and I can’t easily get to that part I want to read. Or it’s in a little tiny box and I can barely read or respond. Also, info/Posts often get lost. I’d like to be able to ( and for parents to as well) title and search messages.
I know I’ve focused on the negatives here, the app has a lot of wonderful features and has been a great communication tool.
- PARENTSQUARE LLC
- 61.5 MB
Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German, Japanese, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- © 2014-2016 ParentSquare LLC
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.