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What is a Single Sign-on (SSO) account?
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A Single Sign-on (SSO) account is the primary account issued by the Upper St. Clair School District to staff and students. You may already be familiar with this account as it has been called a Network Account or Active Directory Account in the past.


Single Sign-on is a technology that unifies the login process using a shared directory structure. In simple terms, every system that utilizes SSO is connecting to the same place to verify the user's username and password. This allows for the same password to be used for logging into multiple systems, some of which will even happen transparently with no interaction required from the end-user.


Below you will find an FAQ regarding your Single Sign-on account. As always, if your question is not answered below or you need additional assistance, please submit a support ticket by clicking here.



What is my Single Sign-on (SSO) username?

The username is the same as your email address (ex. [email protected] or [email protected]).


What if I don't have a school email address?

Not all employees may be issued email access depending on their role within the School District. If you do not have access to email, your SSO account will still be in the form of a fully qualified email address.


What password should I use?

All users are initially provided with a password set by the School District to access their SSO account.


Can I change my password?

Yes, you can change your SSO password at any time. For more information about how to change your SSO password, please click here.


I forgot my password, how can I reset it?

If you do not know what your SSO password is, or if it is not working, please submit a support ticket by clicking here. When submitting tickets for password related issues, please provide a personal email address or phone number to be reached at, since you may not be able to access your work email. Please note, if you provide a personal email address or phone number that is not currently on file, there may be a delay while we verify your identity.


I thought that I was not supposed to use the same password on multiple websites, is Single Sign-on secure?

Yes! Single Sign-on uses a technology called Federated Authentication. What this means is that instead of every website or system storing your password in its local user database, it relies on a central database to authenticate each user. When you use SSO, this same database is being referenced each time you sign in. This has the added benefit of when you change your SSO password; the password is immediately updated for every system that is SSO-enabled.


What systems/websites can I use my Single Sign-on (SSO) account with?

The systems/websites that are integrated with SSO are continually changing. Below you will find a list of systems/websites that currently utilize SSO for authentication. If a system/website is not listed, this means it uses a different username and password to authenticate.


  • All District-owned Mac, Windows, and Chromebook Devices
  • Connecting to USCSD from home using VPN
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Blackboard Web Community Manager (District website)
  • Canvas
  • Copy Center
  • DAB Conference Room Schedule
  • Email Group Directory
  • FlexTime Manager
  • Focus
  • Gmail
  • Google Drive
  • Help Desk & Knowledge Base
  • InsideUSC
  • Managed Apple ID
  • Naviance
  • Navigate
  • Office 365
  • Papercut WebPrint
  • Raptor 6
  • Remote Support
  • Rubicon Atlas
  • SadlierConnect
  • SchoolDude
  • Smithsonian Science
  • Spelling City
  • Technology Reservations
  • Tripfinder
  • Tyler Employee Access
  • Volunteer Clearance Tracker


Also, all systems that are Single Sign-on enabled will have a * after their name on Staff Links and Student Links.


If you have a question that is not covered by this article, please submit a support ticket by clicking here.

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