Parent Portal

PowerSchool is our student information system, used to maintain and store student demographics, attendance, grades, and other essentials. It is the hub of our student data, used by teachers and administration on a daily basis.

Parents have access to the Parent Portal web page in PowerSchool. Parents can use this site to access and maintain contact information, as well as viewing their student's attendance and grades. It is an invaluable resource for better understanding the progress of your child and for helping him/her be more successful.

To access the Parent Portal, point your browser to:
https://ctsd.powerschool.com/public (*Note the 's' after 'http')

Note that if you have not previously setup your guardian account, you will need the “linking codes” (the Access ID and Access Password) unique to each student to link pupils to your login. These codes are sent out early in the school year. If you have not received your code or are having difficulty accessing the site, please email parenthelp@ctsdnj.org. A document describing how to setup your guardian account using the linking codes can be downloaded here as a PDF.

Guardian Accounts (and Single Sign-On)

Starting in October 2011 we are migrating to a single sign-on guardian account (one account per guardian, each guardian may be linked to multiple students). 

Here is a PDF document you may print out for reference:

PS Parent Access.pdf

Details about the Parent Portal are below, but first please read our guidelines for accessing the portal:

  • Password security is your responsibility. One password per student will be distributed. Please be careful and keep it secure.
  • Final grades are the responsibility and prerogative of the teacher.
  • Access to these grades offer parents an opportunity to communicate with their child using clear and concrete data. We encourage constructive supportive conversations that help students use data to improve and feel proud about their progress.
  • This does not replace parent teacher conversations. It is meant to enrich them.
  • Learning is a process. Grades may change throughout the marking period and as assignments are handed in. This fluctuation is a natural part of grading and learning.
  • All subject areas have different assignments, tests, quizzes, etc. It is not advisable to compare subjects. For good reason they operate differently.
  • Questions may be sent to parenthelp@ctsdnj.org.
Once you are logged in you will see the following icons down the left-hand side of the screen. Below is a brief description of what you will see when you click on the icons.

School Information

This page provides general contact information for your student's school, as well as a timeline for each marking period.

Password

From this page you may change the password for your parent login.

Demographic Change

Here you may request updates to address and phone contact information. Note that changes to this page are not immediate and must be reviewed and approved to take effect. Allow up to 5 school days for these changes to be entered.

Email Notification

This is an important screen. From here you can edit your email address (and add multiple addresses by putting a comma, no space, between each address) and setup an automatic sending of reports. Once grades go live (see below) you will be able to setup regular email reports of grade progress.

Attendance History

Here you will find a detailed accounting of your student's attendance. Note the key at the bottom of the page that describes how to read this chart. Also note that we take daily attendance (rather than period attendance) so the attendance codes that are relevant will be in the Homeroom row.

Grades and Attendance

On the Grades and Attendance screen you will find summary grades for each class in which your student is enrolled. You will also be able to click on a grade to view details about assignments and assessments. 
In addition, you may click on the name of a teacher on this page to craft an email to that instructor. 

Parents who have not had access previously should take some time to familiarize themselves. While the portal provides a convenient overview of your student's progress, it is not a substitute for communication with your student and his/her instructor. As your student progresses from kindergarten to 8th grade there will be different information available in the portal--from different types of grades (from standards indicators to numeric/letter grades) to more assignments and assessments. Communicating with your student's instructors will help you understand what it all means.

One final note for parents of students in Spruce Run and Patrick McGaheran: We do not provide first marking period grades for students in these buildings, and the grade icon will not go live until the second marking period. A follow-up email will go out to notify you when that page is available.

We plan on adding more features to this portal over time. If you have any feedback please email parenthelp@ctsdnj.org. Please allow up to 5 school days for a response (typically it is much quicker).