Class Composer is an online software program for elementary schools. Our vision is to create positive learning environments. Our mission is to help elementary schools make better student placement decisions more efficiently.
No. For $699/year your whole school gets access to all of the features and capabilities of Class Composer including support.
We made the software intuitive and user-friendly so the learning curve is easy. Our user guides, short training videos, and in-app tutorials allow you to get started on your own without any additional training.
The process starts with classroom teachers. Individually, classroom teachers enter their roster and assess their students on the Student Cards. Collectively, the grade level teachers compose the new classes for the grade level above them for next year. When they are done they will send the newly composed classes to administration. Administration will review, make any possible changes, and then finalize class lists.
Our system transitions to current year use. Classroom teachers receive their new classes in their Classroom View. They can quickly learn about their new students from the Student Cards filled in by last year’s teacher.
Teachers can then start assessing their students for the new school year. The Digital Data Wall will show all the student information for the entire grade level for the new year. Previous year student information can be accessed from the Digital Data Wall also.
Then at the end of the school year classes can be created again for the next school year. The cycle repeats.
Yes. Teachers and administration will have access to the historical record of every student.
Yes. You can create your own unique identifiers and assessment fields during the initial setup process. These will appear in the Student Card and in the Digital Data Wall.
Not yet. We are working to add this capability to our Version 2.0. Since elementary schools store student information in a variety of formats and systems creating a simple and reliable way to import data will take some more development time on our part.
Even without this capability you will save a significant amount of time. This is a quote from a teacher after using Class Composer to create classes: “Loved everything about it. It used to take our kindergarten team an entire morning to do what CC did in just a few minutes. Remarkable!”
Create two separate classrooms with two different emails. For example: Mary Jones is a K teacher who has a half day am and a half day pm class. When entering Mary under the Teachers section during the Set Up steps enter her twice:
1. For the am class: First name: Mary, Last name: Jones (am), and Email #1
First name: Mary, Last name: Jones (pm), and Email #2
2. Combine both classes into one classroom in the system. Mary would be set up just like any other classroom teacher but she would add her afternoon students with her morning class to have one combined am/pm class.
No. For the placement request feature to work classroom teacher names need to be visible.
The old way of creating classes allowed bias to be hidden since it was so difficult to compare the equity among classes in a grade level. With Class Composer bias is much more difficult to hide. If any criteria is out of balance it can easily be seen on the data table on the compose screen and then fixed by clicking and dragging Student Cells into other classes.
Classroom teachers can enter one of three requests on the Student Card: keep with teacher, keep with another student, or do not place with another student. Once they are selected the algorithm will honor these requests. Placement requests can be overridden on the compose screen.
Placement requests are are optional but we feel they can make a big difference for certain students.
Academic (reading, writing, and math) and Life Skills (behavior and work skills) ratings are required to enable the algorithm to run. Assessments, Identifiers, Notes, and Placement Requests are optional.
We feel a 9 - 1 scale gives educators the option to be more precise when assessing students. For example, when a child is rated a three (proficient) as a reader on a standards based grading scale of 4 - 1 it’s difficult to tell if this child is a barely proficient reader or a strong proficient reader. In our system a four designates a barely proficient reader while a six designates a strong proficient reader.
Oftentimes the student information you care about is stored in different locations and in different formats. Our system allows you to have one place to access, share, and use the student information you care about.
The free trial is a true pilot with real student data. You will have access to the full functionality of the program which will allow the creation of new classes for the next academic year for one grade level.
As the school representative click on the Try for Free button on our home page. Follow the step-by-step instructions to enter the registration and setup information for your school. Here is a helpful guide to get you started: Free Trial Quick Start Guide
Then the trial grade level teachers will receive an email from Class Composer inviting them to create their password login. Then, they can Log In (button is on top right of our home page) and they will be guided to start the process.
As an administrator you will be automatically redirected to your dashboard. When the trial grade level teachers have completed the class creation process you will be able to view the newly composed classes.
It’s helpful to check out the user guides and the short video tutorials before you start. These are located on the Support section of our home page.
No. All the setup and registration information will remain along with the newly composed classes completed by the trial grade level. Upgrading will give you access to the program for all your grade levels.
On the left side of the administration dashboard you will see an Upgrade Now button. Select this button to enter the payment information. Then enter the rest of your teachers and assign them to classrooms. Here are the detailed instructions to do this: Upgrade Instructions
Yes. Contact us by email and we can send you an invoice.
Yes. We also accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover.
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