Linking Student and Parent Accounts

An “Observer” in Canvas can see assignments and grades of students to whom they are linked. Parents must create a Canvas account and link that account with their children to see course content and grades as an observer.

View the following video or instructions to create a parent account and link that account with a student account:

Desktop Instructions

Find the Student Pairing Code

  1. From any page in Canvas, click “Account” in the left sidebar.
  2. Click “Settings.”
  3. Click “Pair with Observer” in the right sidebar.
  4. Copy/save the code for the next steps.

If a parent account already exists, skip to “Link an Existing Parent Account.” Otherwise, continue to the next section.

Create and Link a New Parent Account

  1. Visit
  2. Click “Need a Canvas Account? Click Here, It’s Free!
  3. Click “Parents sign up here.”
  4. Fill out required fields and paste the pairing code into the “Student Pairing Code” box.
  5. Click “Start Participating.”
  6. Click on any of the classes from the dashboard to view student assignments and grades.

Link an Existing Parent Account

  1. Log in to Canvas at
  2. Click “Account” in the left sidebar.
  3. Click “Observing” in the menu that appears.
  4. Enter or paste the student pairing code and click “+ Student.”
  5. Click on “Dashboard” in the left sidebar to view student courses.

*Parents who are also AHS faculty must use a personal email account to observe student courses.

Mobile Instructions


Please contact Mrs. Owens (Librarian) at or Mr. Crockett (EdTech Director) at with any questions.