How to set up your school

Welcome to Seesaw for Schools! Activate your Admin Account and set up your school in four steps.

You can also view our Seesaw for Schools Success Plan!

Step 1: Activate Your Admin Account

When you’re added as an Administrator on Seesaw for Schools, you will receive an email to activate your account (search for 'Activate your Seesaw Admin Account').

Tap  Activate your Account and follow the prompts to set your password. Already have a Seesaw account? Follow these instructions.


When you activate your account and log in, you’ll see your school dashboard. This is where you will manage all of your Seesaw teachers, classes, and students.

Step 2: Transfer Existing Teachers

2a. Approve Teachers Connected to Your School

Some of your teachers may already use the free version of Seesaw. They may have indicated they work at your school by tapping on their profile icon > Add My School.

Seesaw will automatically match these teachers with your school. All you need to do is approve their connection to your school. Once they are approved, our system will add their accounts to your Seesaw for Schools dashboard.

If you need their classes and students transferred to your dashboard, please contact Seesaw Support.

  1. Sign in to your Seesaw for Schools Admin Account.
  2. On the Overview Tab, you may see a notification that teachers want to join your school
  3. Tap View and Approve.
  4. Accept teachers who are part of your school and hide any teachers that you do not want to add into your school dashboard.
  5. Follow the prompts to move these teacher accounts into your school. 

2b. Search for Teachers by Email

Some teachers may not have indicated they work at your school. You can add them by their school email address. Important: Before you do this, have teachers check the email address used on their existing Seesaw account and update it to their school email (Here’s how). Failing to do this will cause delays.

  1. Tap the Teachers tab.
  2. Tap Add Existing Teacher Accounts.
  3. Copy and paste your staff email list, one email address per line, into the text area.
  4. Follow the prompts to confirm the teacher accounts you want to move to your school.image.png


Step 3: Assign Student IDs (optional)

Seesaw uses Student IDs to tie together students’ portfolios across classes and years. For teachers, students, and families to access student portfolios in future years, you need to assign Students IDs and merge duplicate journals.

  1. Sign in to your Seesaw for Schools Admin Account.
  2. On the Overview tab under Admin Tools, tap Assign Missing Student IDs.
  3. Add a Student ID to the first instance of a student’s name and tap Save (If your school doesn’t use Student IDs, you can use made-up IDs like JohnA1, JohnF2, ClaireV1).
  4. If you see a student’s name more than once, that means they have duplicate portfolios you need to merge.
    1. Add the Student ID for each instance > Tap ‘Click here to Merge’ > Confirm > Save.
  5. ⚠️ Make sure the information is correct! Merges cannot be undone
  6. Pro tip: Use the Filter by option to filter student names by class, which can be helpful if you are only adding IDs to students in select classes.
  7. Tap Save.



Step 4: Create New Classes

There are 3 options for creating classes:

  1. CSV Rostering: Recommended for most schools/districts, especially ones that need to roster quickly or roster mid-year.
  2. Clever Rostering: Recommended for schools/districts that already use Clever.
  3. ClassLink Rostering: Recommended for schools/districts that already use ClassLink.

Tap here for our rostering guides, or tap here to watch step-by-step webinars on each rostering option.

💡Choosing Sign In Modes
There are five ways students can sign in:

  1. Class Code Sign In: Recommended for young learners or students who do not have ready access to an email/Google account and password
  2. Email/Google Sign In: Recommended for students who have ready access to an email/Google account and password and who can type accurately
  3. Home Learning Codes: Recommended for students without email addresses or Clever that are using Seesaw at home.
  4. Clever Sign In: Recommended for students at schools that already use Clever
  5. ClassLink Sign in: Recommended for students at schools that already have ClassLink


For more information about school set-up, check out our technical steps for administrators!

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