Focus - Student Information System (SIS)

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    Time to get Focus(ed)! 
    Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to introduce Focus, a new Student Information System (SIS) for the 2024/25 school year. This system provides easy access to school information, student schedules, attendance, and grades.

    Key points:

    • Automatic Enrollment: All students, teachers, and staff will have accounts automatically created. (Parents/guardians will need to create a Parent Portal Account)
    • Replacement of Old Systems: Focus will replace several older systems that will no longer be used.
    • User-Friendly Portals: The system includes unique portals for students and parents/guardians, providing easy access to important school information.
    • Commitment to Technology: This transition highlights the District's dedication to using technology for educational improvement and strengthening school-community connections.
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    Parent Portal Registration or Activation 

    Virtual Counselor is a Broward County Public Schools system used by both students and parents/guardians. To activate your Parent Portal, you must use a parent Virtual Counselor account that starts with a G. If you do not have a parent Virtual Counselor account, please follow the instructions to register for your Parent Portal.

*WITH* a Virtual Counselor Parent Account

*WITHOUT* a Virtual Counselor Parent Account



Watch these videos on how to access the Focus Parent Portal App

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  • What is Focus School Software?

    • 100% web-based.
    • The most widely used solution for Florida State Reporting.
    • A key component in obtaining state and federal funding for our schools.
    • Currently implemented in more than two-thirds of school districts in Florida and six of the largest 20 school districts in the country.

  • How can I learn more about the Focus Parent Portal?

    View the Focus Parent Portal FAQs 

  • Focus is replacing the following:

    1. TERMS 

    1. BASIS 

    1. Virtual Counselor 

    1. PCG (EdPlan) 

    1. Pinnacle Gradebook 

  • Why Focus?

    Focus was chosen through a competitive bidding process and is being used by other school districts in Florida (Palm Beach, Polk and Brevard, for example) with great success. 

  • Why do we need to replace the current system?

    The new Student Information System (SIS) will permit the District to: 

    • Optimize state reporting processes  
    • Improve the use of data for decision making 
    • Increase communication and engagement with students, parents and teachers  
    • Enhance interoperability and accessibility of systems  
    • Reduce system redundancies and silos  
    • Increase process efficiencies and digital automation and minimize the time and effort it takes to complete administrative tasks  
    • Ensure the ease of ongoing system maintenance and support  

  • Why does it matter to me as a parent? As a student? As a staff member?

    For parents, current systems such as Virtual Counselor and Pinnacle rely on a Student Information System to store data. For schools, a Student Information System is vital for tracking many aspects of the student experience, such as attendance, scheduling, grades and test scores. Changing to a new system will change the way staff, parents and students interact with student data.  

  • Why is it important?

    The Student Information System will track the historical academic history of students in Broward County which is required for state funding.

  • How will Focus be implemented?

    The district has planned extensively for implementation in phases that started in November 2023. Training and support will be provided to all staff as the district makes this phased transition.

  • What is a Student Information System?

    The Focus SIS is not just a system upgrade, it represents a strategic shift in how the District will manage, analyze, and utilize student data. Below are highlights of the transformative benefits our District will experience:  

    Access Without Limits: Anytime, anywhere access on any device. This flexibility ensures that our educational ecosystem is always at your fingertips.  

    Enhanced Communication: Improved interactions between teachers, parents, students, and administrators will foster a stronger, more connected community.  

    Intuitive User Experience: A modern, web-based architecture with user-friendly interfaces/screens makes navigation a breeze. 

    Robust Data Security:Adherence to student data confidentiality through role-based system security, ensuring peace of mind for all stakeholders.  

    Data-Driven Excellence:District-wide student and school data analysis will be at the core, empowering us with insights that drive better educational outcomes.