Schoology Parent Guide


For each BCTC student a Parent/Guardian account in Schoology can be created for the purpose of monitoring their child’s course information. The account is automatically created for any authorized Parent/Guardian account which has a provided email address on file (the email provided during the application process). If an account was created automatically an email with the login and password information is emailed to the email address supplied on file.

If you do not receive an email with your child’s account information one of the following may be the reason:

  1. Check your email setting and spam folder to ensure your account email invite is not placed in the junk mailbox in your email client. If it is not there it could have been blocked/deleted. If this is the case using your email address as your user name click on the “forgot your password” link on the sign-in page and an email will be sent to you to sign-in.- or –
  2. If you already have a Schoology account with a different District/Institution than BCTC using the email account you supplied during the application/registration process, we are unable to auto create your account. You will need to use a different email address to create the account because Schoology doesn’t support multiple accounts using the same email address. To create an account please follow the “Sign-Up’ instructions.- or –
  3. You already have a BCTC Schoology account from a past or current student, please simply login with the past credentials.

A Parent’s Guide to Schoology

Welcome to Schoology! Below you will find an explanation of the different areas of your Schoology account. This guide is intended to help you learn how to navigate around Schoology.

What Is Schoology?

Teachers use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • The classes your child is enrolled in.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School and class announcements.

Schoology makes it easy for parents to stay involved in their children’s education.

Schoology Home Page: Your Parent account compared to your child’s Schoology information

Schoology Student Activity View Having a Parent account in Schoology is actually like having two accounts:

  1. Your personal account, with your own name and information;
  2. Your Child Activity view. From here, you can view Schoology from your child’s perspective, and see what he or she sees, and receive updates about his or her activity.

Start by clicking the arrow in the upper-right corner, next to your name, and then select your child’s name to switch into their account. If you have multiple children associated with your account, all will be displayed in this area. The checkmark in this drop-down menu indicates which account you are currently viewing.

Student Activity View

Viewing Your Child’s Activity

Click the arrow in the upper-right corner of your account and select your child’s name to view their activity.

From the home page, you can quickly view specific information about your child’s Schoology activity:

Schoology Child Activity

  1. The Student Activity area in the center of the page displays your child’s recent submission, grade, and attendance information.
  2. Toggle into Enrollments in the same area to see a list of the courses your child is currently enrolled in, along with his or her grade. If the teacher or administrator has chosen not to display the grade while the course is in progress, you will see a blank value (as in the grade column above). Click on an individual course to see grades received on assignments, tests, and discussions from that course. Depending on the permission settings in place at your school, you may not be able to view content posted by other members of the course.
  3. The Recent Grades/Attendance area lists graded assignments, tests/quizzes, discussions, and attendance marks for the student. To view the graded items and attendance marks, click the item you’d like to view.
  4. The Overdue section displays a list of course materials your child did not turn in by the due date.
  5. The Upcoming section displays a list of your child’s upcoming assignments and events.
  6. Courses: You can see a list of your child’s current courses. Click the course name to navigate to the course profile as your child views it. Depending on the permission settings in place at your school, you may not be able to view content posted by other members of the course. The Courses drop-down menu displays up to 12 courses. To see a full list of your child’s courses, see Enrollments on the home page.
  7. Groups: You can see a list of your child’s Schoology groups. Groups can be used for a variety of activities, from school projects to extracurricular teams and clubs. Depending on the permission settings in place at your school, you may not be able to view content posted by other members of the group. The Groups drop-down menu displays up to 12 groups. To see a full list of your child’s groups, see Enrollments on the home page.
  8. Grades: Depending on the settings in place at your child’s school, this menu provides access to view the following:
    1. Grade Report: Review your child’s grades for all courses.
    2. Mastery: If your child’s school aligns materials to standard and learning objectives, you can check your child’s progress in this area.
    3. Attendance: Review your child’s attendance for all courses.

Note: On smaller devices (for example, iPhones), the Grades area is accessed by tapping More in the header.

  1. Calendar: Click to view a calendar of past and upcoming events and assignments. To find out more information regarding a particular event, place your cursor over the title. A clue tip displays with the event type (assignment, test/quiz, event), the event’s course or group, and the student’s name. Click the event to display profile information in a pop-up window.

Note: There is no Messages icon in the Child Activity view. Messages to your child are private and are not viewable from a parent account.

Your Account Activity

To return to your Schoology account, click the down-facing arrow and select your account. If you have linked accounts in Schoology, you will see the school associated with each account under your name.

While toggled into your personal account, you’ll see your own name in the top right corner. Your personal account home page displays activity related to any courses and groups in which you are enrolled, as well as school information from the school with which you are associated.

Your Account Activity

Recent Activity

Similar to your child’s Activity Summary, your Recent Activity area displays updates from the school, courses, and groups in which you participate. You can filter the Recent Activity feed by clicking the drop-down menu (labeled Most Recent) to the right of the Recent Activity heading.


On the right column of the Recent Activity page, the Upcoming area displays a list of impending events and due dates for graded items in the school, courses, and groups in which you’re enrolled. To view more details about the item, click the item name from the list.


Access your personal calendar by clicking the calendar icon in the top navigation of your personal account. Your personal calendar displays personal events you’ve created for your account, as well as events and assessments for the school, courses, and groups in which you’re enrolled.

Schoology Calendar Preview

Create Personal Events

The quickest way to create an event is from the Recent Activity area on your home page. Simply locate the Event icon in the upper-middle area of the page. You may also create an event from your personal calendar.

To add an event:

  1. Select the Calendar icon at the top of your home page.
  2. Click the date to which you’d like to add the event.
  3. Fill out the Event form.
  4. Choose an RSVP option (depending on the settings in place at your school, this option may not be available to you).
  5. Click Create to complete.

RSVP Options

  • Only Invitees Can RSVP—Event remains personal until you invite people you’re connected with.
  • Anyone Can RSVP—Make the event public (available to anyone).
  • Disabled—Requires no RSVP. This event will only be viewed by you.
  • Attach a File, Link, or Resource (optional).
  • You can also Enable Comments at the bottom left (optional).

Edit an event

To modify an existing event:

  1. Click the event to modify.
  2. Click the Edit Item button.
  3. Once you’ve made changes, click the Save Changes button.

Delete an event

To delete an event:

  1. Click the event you’d like to delete.
  2. Click the View Item button.
  3. Click the gear to the right of the event profile.
  4. Select Delete to complete the process.

Note: If you choose to create an Event with an invitation from your home page, you must invite everyone manually.



Depending on the settings in place at your school, you may be able to exchange messages with teachers at your school. The right side of the header displays to Messages icon (envelope icon).

Note: There is no Messages icon in the Child Activity view. Messages to your child are private and are not viewable from a parent account.

Schoology Messages

Check New Messages

When you have a new message in your inbox, the Messages icon on the top menu displays a new number.

  1. Navigate to your Messages area by clicking on the icon in the top menu.
  2. New messages are indicated with a blue dot. Click the message you’d like to read.
  3. To reply to a message, write in the Message area, then click Send.

Check Sent Messages

  1. Navigate to your Messages area by clicking the icon in the top menu and clicking View All.
  2. Click the Sent Messages tab.
  3. To read a message, click a message you’ve sent in the past.
  4. To send a message, click the +New Message button.
  5. Fill out the form, and click Send to complete.

A recipient name automatically populates when you enter a teacher’s name in the To field. If you’re not able to send a message to certain users, talk to your teacher for further guidance.

Note: If you have linked accounts in Schoology, we recommend that you check for new messages in each of your linked accounts.

Notifications & Requests

On the right side of the header, you have the bell icon that displays Notifications and Requests. Any time someone sends you a message, wants to connect, or does something that pertains to you or your affiliations, it will be made easily accessible in the top right corner of your screen. Everything is chronologically ordered and clickable to make managing them simple.

Below, a parent receives an invitation to a join group:

Schoology Notifications

Site Footer

At the bottom of every Schoology page, the new footer includes the following:

  • Language Selector — Use this menu to set the language of your Schoology experience.
  • Support Center — Access the Support Center to view your Support Contacts and/or support options, as well as links to the Schoology Help Center and Community forums.
  • Schoology Blog — Navigate to our blog, the Schoology Exchange.
  • Privacy Policy — View our Privacy Policy.
  • Terms of Use —View our Terms of Use.