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PowerSchool 7.0 Student Information System
Parent Information and Resources

2014 Update: When you install or update your PowerSchool App, it will now ask for a "District Code."  The MBUSD District Code is DFMZ

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What is PowerSchool?  PowerSchool is our new student information system (SIS). It allows us to manage information such as grades, attendance, demographics, courses, etc. Since PowerSchool is web-based, you and your student(s) can access it 24/7 from any computer with internet access.

Why has MBUSD moved to PowerSchool?  Our former student information system served us well for many years, but lacked the functionality, reporting capabilities and modern access features needed to meet the needs of everyone in the MBUSD community.  PowerSchool is one of the most widely used student information systems in the nation, supported by a large and well-established company (Pearson) which keeps the system up-to-date.  Finally, PowerSchool fully integrates a number of other software systems that were separate under our former system and required complex manual data transfers to maintain.   

How was PowerSchool selected by MBUSD?  For the past eighteen months, a subgroup of our District Technology Committee researched, tested and discussed the leading SIS providers.  The subgroup, comprised of teachers, counselors, administrators and staff, spent three full days interviewing two finalists and unanimously agreed on PowerSchool as their top choice.  Members of the subgroup then visited  neighboring El Segundo USD and interviewed other PowerSchool districts before making their final recommendation to the Board of Trustees.  On July 18, 2012 the Board approved the purchase of PowerSchool and for the past year (2012-13), a group of administrators and staff worked on the transition to PowerSchool from our former SIS. 

Do I need a separate login for each of my children?  No, you can link all of your children under one account log-in.

What platforms are available?  You can access the PowerSchool Parent Portal using any computer with internet access.  In addition, by using a downloaded app you can access PowerSchool from your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Is this system secure?  Yes, the system is very secure and it is available to you 24/7.

What can I see on PowerSchool site?  By logging onto PowerSchool, you may access a variety of information pertaining to your student(s).  The information available to you includes:
  • grades and pending assignments for current classes (*) 
  • attendance for the past two weeks or the whole term 
  • teachers comments (*) 
  • email access to teachers, 
  • various reports via email, and 
  • the school bulletin (*)
(*) Note that if you do not see some of the above information when you log onto PowerSchool, it is because the information has not yet been entered by teachers and/or the school.

How do I get help?  Aside from the resources found on this page, you can contact your student's school office with questions or email our help desk at