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Our Mission

AltSchool’s mission to enable all children to reach their full potential.

Our Vision

AltSchool is designing a technology-enabled network that connects teachers, parents, and students to deliver a personalized, whole-child education. Our approach focuses on developing self-awareness, innate capability, and collaboration skills so all children can successfully navigate their future.

Our Programs

Lower & Middle School

AltSchool currently enrolls Pre-K through 8th grade students in our Lower and Middle School programs. Each program features mixed-age classrooms taught by exceptional educators. Our rigorously personalized approach develops skills to encourage lifelong learning and success, as well as a strong academic foundation.

Lower School

Lower School includes Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade in New York, Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade in Chicago, and Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade in Palo Alto and San Francisco.

Middle School

Middle School encompasses 5th through 8th grade in New York, and 6th through 8th grade in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area.

This age also brings a new set of opportunities for deeper self-understanding and agency, and for growing empathy for and collaboration with others. They continue to understand and feel their impact in the school community and the world around them. They read and analyze complex texts and develop competency in core math and science domains. They explore their passions and demonstrate learning that manifest in everything from art installations to websites. They graduate with a love of learning, breadth and depth of knowledge, and the well-earned confidence to excel in the world beyond AltSchool.

Before & After School


Our before- and after-school programs are called AltExplore, and include Extended Day, World Languages, and Community Enrichment.

Extended Day is designed to facilitate children’s need for unstructured play and exploration. The program runs from the end of the regular school day through 6pm and is supervised by AltSchool educators. Activities may include outdoor time, science, art, or tinkering projects in addition to free choice or Playlist time. Educators design activities to encourage growth in the same Habits that are developed in the core day such as creativity, self-direction, and ethics.

AltSchool offers families prepay packages for Extended Day, as well as the ability to drop in to the program as needed. Students may participate in Extended Day in combination with other AltExplore offerings​ on any given day or in any given week.

Our World Languages programming gives students real-world, hands-on experience in their target language. Classes are organized around a project-based curriculum that engages students' interests and passions in a new language, teaching them the vocabulary and language skills they need to communicate effectively. Our approach is inspired by the Can-Do Statements from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Programs and languages offered vary by school.

World Languages offerings are based on demand from families. Spanish and Mandarin have historically been the most requested programs. AltSchool may also offer foreign language coursework through partner organizations in its Community Enrichment program.

Community Enrichment classes are offered in partnership with local experts and organizations highly aligned with AltSchool’s educational approach. Classes are designed to allow students to explore new subjects, dig deeper into their passions and interests, and build on previous learning experiences. Programs are adjusted regularly based on feedback from our parents, students, and teachers. Examples of past Community Enrichment programs include Shaolin Kung Fu, Chess Club, and Wild Animal Explorers.

AltSchool Language Program

AltSchool currently offers a full-time Spanish language program in San Francisco.

Our language program develops proficiency in a second language and is grounded in AltSchool’s whole-child, personalized, and experiential educational approach. Similar to other AltSchool students, each child enrolled in a language program has a personalized learning experience, with personal goals and curricula based on their level and passions across all academic areas. Our language program also inspires an appreciation of culture, history, and arts through project-based learning.

Spanish Immersion:

Kindergarten - 4th Grade (San Francisco only)

Class work ranges from 80% - 90% in Spanish and 10% - 20% in English across all academic areas.

Application Process

We are offering up to a $5,000 merit scholarship to students fluent in Spanish to encourage a rich language experience in the classroom. Needs-based tuition assistance may also be available.

Please refer to the San Francisco locations page to see the full application process.

Our Values

Students thrive when they understand how and why they learn.

Technology can superpower teachers and students.

A strong, connected community of teachers, students, and parents can transform education for everyone.

The world’s best education should be the most accessible.


AltSchool has locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and is expanding to Chicago in the 2018-2019 school year.

Please select your location to learn more, including an overview of our admissions calendar and tuition information:

San Francisco
Palo Alto
New York City
Chicago (Fall 2018)

San Francisco Schools

AltSchool SOMA

AltSchool HQ
Middle School (6 - 8)
1245 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

AltSchool Alamo Square

Lower School (not accepting new students)
735 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117

AltSchool Dogpatch 1

Spanish Immersion (K - 4)
2265 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

AltSchool Dogpatch 2

Lower School (TK - 2)
610 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

AltSchool Fort Mason

Lower and Middle School (K - 8)
3741 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94123

AltSchool Yerba Buena

Lower and Middle School (K - 8)
300 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Palo Alto Schools

AltSchool Palo Alto

Lower and Middle School (TK - 8)
930 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301

New York City Schools

AltSchool Brooklyn Heights

Lower School (Pre-K - 4)
212 Hicks St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

AltSchool East Village

Lower School (Pre-K - 4)
1 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009

AltSchool Union Square (Scheduled to open fall 2017)

Middle School (5 - 8)
90 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Chicago Schools

AltSchool Lincoln Park (Scheduled to open fall 2018)

Lower and Middle School (Junior Kindergarten - 8)
610 W. Schubert Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Hear from Students, Parents, Teachers, and the AltSchool Team

The AltSchool Student Experience

Students from different AltSchool classrooms talk about their teachers, project-based learning, and what personalization means to them.

A Day in the Life of Lower School: Part 1

Foundational and Lower Elementary students talk about their classroom experiences.

A Day in the Life of Lower School: Part II

Upper Elementary students describe how AltSchool is different.

A Day in the Life of Middle School

Middle schoolers talk about what it's like to attend AltSchool.

The AltSchool Parent Experience: Part 1

What makes AltSchool special? Parents talk about teachers, curriculum, and technology.

The AltSchool Parent Experience: Part 2

Parents talk about their favorite things about AltSchool.

Parents on Middle School

Parents describe the Middle School experience at AltSchool.

Social and Emotional Learning

Educators share how social-emotional learning skills are core to AltSchool's curriculum.

Teaching Grit and Growth Mindset

A real-life example of social-emotional learning at AltSchool Fort Mason.

21st Century Educators

Learn how we've built a 21st century team to transform education.

Press Releases

AltSchool to Begin Offering its Personalization Platform to Schools Nationwide
October 18, 2016

AltSchool Opens New Schools in Manhattan and San Francisco
September 15, 2016

AltSchool Names Coddy Johnson its Chief Operating Officer
April 21, 2016

AltSchool Expands in New York, San Francisco and Chicago and Invites Teachers and Administrators Nationwide to Partner
March 08, 2016

AltSchool Opens 2015/16 Academic Year with New Locations, 20 More Teachers, and Major Updates to its School Platform
September 15, 2015

AltSchool Raises $100 Million in Funding to Reimagine Education for U.S. Students and Teachers
May 4, 2015

AltSchool Hires Top Execs from Google, Uber, Rocket Fuel and Zynga to Help Reinvent Education from the Ground Up
March 4, 2015

AltSchool Continues to Innovate Progressive Education Model: Educational Startup Officially Converts to Public Benefit Corporation and Certified B Corporation
November 17, 2014

AltSchool Raises $33 Million in Series A Funding to Transform K-8 Education Through a Network of Innovative Micro-Schools
March 18, 2014

Latest News

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March 9, 2016
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The Bold Idea Behind a Small Brooklyn School
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Bright logo Why (Is) School?
December 1, 2015
HBS logo Making the Case for a New Kind of Classroom
October 8, 2015
NY1 logo Branch of New Type of Elementary School Opens in Brooklyn Heights
October 5, 2015
NBR logo WATCH: AltSchool on the Nightly Business Report
September 15, 2015
Zuckerberg-Backed AltSchool Will Expand to Manhattan in 2016
September 14, 2015
CNBC logo The Education Start-Up Backed by Mark Zuckerberg
September 12, 2015
Tech Insider logo 16 crazy things that happen at Silicon Valley's favorite grade school
September 12, 2015
Tech Meets Education
September 10, 2015
MIT Technology Review logo Lessons from the Digital Classroom
July 27, 2015
Bright logo A Peek into Silicon Valley’s Newest Bet: AltSchool
July 1, 2015
HBS logo Upgrading School With a Startup Mentality
June 23, 2015
CNET logo Can a school that's part tech startup transform education?
June 15, 2015
Bloomberg Business logo AltSchool: The Most Tech-Savvy School in the World?
June 10, 2015
Bloomberg Business logo What Happens When an Ex-Google Executive Creates a School System?
June 9, 2015
A former Google exec just raised $100 million to transform the way we teach kids
June 9, 2015
CBS This Morning logo WATCH: AltSchool combines personalization and technology
June 5, 2015
Our Schools All Have a Tragic Flaw; Silicon Valley Thinks It Has the Answer - A former Google executive has cooked up Silicon Valley's most fully imagined alternative to a standard grade-school education. Now his idea is spreading across the country, one micro-school at a time.
May 5, 2015
WATCH: Can Silicon Valley personalize education? Max Ventilla, Founder & CEO of AltSchool, talks about a new effort in Silicon Valley to improve public schools around the country.
May 5, 2015
Facebook founder and others invest $100 million in a private school model they hope can take root in the public system: A small private school network in California has developed new education technology that could reshape the nation’s classrooms
May 5, 2015
Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education
May 4, 2015
AltSchool Raises $100 Million and Plans to Open More Schools
May 4, 2015
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May 4, 2015
A former Googler just raised $100 million from Mark Zuckerberg and others to reform education
May 4, 2015
May 4, 2015
AltSchool Raises $75 Million to Expand Its High-Tech Primary Schools
May 4, 2015
Big names, funding behind startup offering personalized education
May 4, 2015
Altschool Raises $100M From Founders Fund, Zuckerberg To Scale A Massive Network of Schools Around Personalized Learning
May 4, 2015
Zuckerberg, tech investors fund AltSchool initiative
May 4, 2015
Silicon Valley Reimagines School- AltSchool raised $100 million to build and expand a network of high-tech private schools.
May 4, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley VCs Invest $100 Million in a Startup Elementary School
May 4, 2015
Founders Are Often Wrong -- And That's A Good Thing
April 16, 2015
a16z PODCAST: A ‘Full-stack’ Approach to Education, with Lars Dalgaard and Max Ventilla.
March 16, 2015
WATCH NBC NEWS: Inside AltSchool, a Network of "Micro" Schools Founded by a Former Googler.
March 5, 2015
Startup Snatches Up Google, Uber Employees To Pioneer New Education System
March 5, 2015
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March 5, 2015
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School startup lures execs from Google, Uber, Zynga
March 4, 2015
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February 26, 2015
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January 26, 2015
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Max in Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2014
May 12, 2014
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May 9, 2014
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April 17, 2014
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March 18, 2014
Private Altschool receives $33 million in VC funding to build more tech-based learning
March 18, 2014
AltSchool gets $33 million in venture capital
March 18, 2014
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March 18, 2014
AltSchool Raises $33M To Build The Classroom Of The Future
March 18, 2014
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December 10, 2013
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