Connect your Student Information System to Apple School Manager

Find out which Student Information Systems (SIS) Apple School Manager supports and how to connect your SIS to import your data.

Find out what happens when you connect to Apple School Manager

You can securely connect Apple School Manager to supported Student Information System (SIS) solutions. When you connect to your SIS solution, the student, staff and class information is copied into Apple School Manager to create Managed Apple IDs, locations and courses. Any changes you make in your SIS solution will update Apple School Manager automatically.

Connect your SIS solution

If you've already used SFTP to import information, review the SFTP information in the next section before connecting your SIS solution to Apple School Manager.

  1. Sign in to Apple School Manager.
  2. Click Settings in the bottom left-hand corner, choose Data Source, then click Connect.
    You must verify a domain before you can connect to a SIS.
  3. Click the Add button next to Find Students, Staff and Classes and select Student Information System (SIS).
  4. Choose your SIS from the pop-up menu, then click Connect.
  5. Follow the detailed directions on the screen to authorise your specific SIS solution. Each SIS handles its data and security differently. 
  6. Enter any required information.
  7. Select whether to sync data 30 days before the start of the term or not.*
    By default, your SIS may only return data for the current term. If you choose to sync ahead, you'll get data for any term that begins in the next 30 days. You can change this setting after you've set up your SIS connection.
  8. Click Connect, and wait for the process to be completed. Depending on the connection speed and the amount of data you're importing, this may take more time. 
  9. Review any errors that have been detected. You'll need to correct these in your SIS solution.
  10. Click "Review [Your SIS solution Name]" data to view the data you've added.
  11. Make sure the data is correct, then click Confirm.

After you've finished your initial import, you'll see the name of the SIS solution and what content has been imported. Apple School Manager will update every 24 hours from your SIS. If you add a new student in the SIS solution, Apple School Manager will create an account and Managed Apple ID automatically for that student. After these credentials have been created, you can share them with the account holder.

* To use this feature with PowerSchool SIS, install the most recent Apple School Manager plug-in. When you use this feature with Infinite Campus SIS, use a OneRoster v1.1 API URL. 

If you've used SFTP in the past

You can also use SFTP to upload student, staff and class data to Apple School Manager based on records exported from your SIS solution. If you've already used SFTP uploads to create users and classes, and you switch from using SFTP to a direct SIS connection, Apple School Manager will create new IDs for all of your users. This means that you may have duplicate accounts for any users already created through SFTP. To avoid duplication, keep using SFTP instead of a direct connection.

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