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About Us

AltSchool is a collaborative community of micro-schools that uses outstanding teachers, deep research, and innovative tools to offer a personalized, whole child learning experience for the next generation.

Our Mission

We believe that every child should have access to an exceptional, personalized education that enables them to be happy and successful in an ever-changing world.

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 5th grade in New York, and Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lower School is a time where students build foundational skills for how to learn— as individuals and as classmates. To build these skills, our educators focus on developing social-emotional skills in addition to academic ones. Students then build up to longer and deeper explorations through interdisciplinary projects. They practice forms of mindfulness, and explore concepts like Design Thinking. In academics, students make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. They build a conceptual understanding of numbers and apply it to solve real-world problems. With a mindful and gradual introduction to technology, they learn to be responsible digital citizens who can effectively seek out resources and experts.

Middle School

Middle School encompasses 6th through 8th grade. During this time, students begin to consider the paths they want to pursue beyond AltSchool. They set goals to focus their growth and help determine the high schools that best fit their goals and interests. To prepare for this important next step, students continue their rigorous academic work through both direct study and interdisciplinary projects.

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.

Although some schools do not currently offer classes through 8th grade upon opening, we will accommodate all currently enrolled students through 8th grade in each city where we have schools.

Before & After School


Co-Curriculars

Through regular interdisciplinary projects, students experience the arts, STEM, and outdoor learning as part of the core curriculum. Students also engage in physical fitness activities each day. To delve more deeply into areas of interest, students can sign up for co-curriculars before and after school for an additional fee. Our co-curricular classes include music, athletics, coding, and foreign languages, as well as our drop-in program until 6pm. We personalize co-curricular offerings at each location based on student and parent preferences, as well as availability.

Team Sports

Depending on interest and community availability, our schools offer additional opportunities to participate in sports beyond the athletics and outdoor physical recreation that are part of the daily schedule. Lower and Middle School students currently participate in basketball, tennis, and soccer. AltSchool is a member of the San Francisco Independent Athletic League (SFIAL), comprised of several small public and private middle schools. Our PE curriculum is tailored to building skills within the league’s seasonal sports. Parents are also welcome to coordinate with other AltSchool families to form competitive teams through local sports leagues outside of AltSchool.

AltSchool Language Programs


AltSchool currently offers two full-time language programs in San Francisco.

Our language programs develop proficiency in a second language and are 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 plan, with personal goals and curricula based on their level and passions across all academic areas. Language programs also inspire an appreciation of culture, history, and arts through project-based learning.

Spanish Immersion:

Transitional Kindergarten - 3rd Grade (San Francisco only)

Class work ranges from 80% - 90% in Spanish and 10% - 20% in English across all academic areas. Children applying for TK - 1st grade can have any level of proficiency, including beginners with no previous exposure to Spanish.

German Bilingual:

Transitional Kindergarten - 2nd Grade (San Francisco only)

Class work is 50% in German and 50% in English. We are accepting applications for TK - 2nd grade from students of all levels of proficiency in the German language.

Application Process

We are offering up to a $5,000 merit scholarship to students fluent in Spanish and/or German 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.

Summer @ AltSchool

Sign up for our Summer @ AltSchool programs in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and New York City! We offer an array of programs, from Maker Labs to Performing Arts.

Contact us at summer@altschool.com to receive updates on dates and locations for Summer @ AltSchool.

Our Values


AltSchool is 100% focused on our students.

Our personalized learning approach puts each child at the center of everything we do. Smaller classroom student:teacher ratios, coupled with state-of-the-art classroom design and technology, enable a flexible learning environment that mixes individual, group and experiential learning.

AltSchool is dynamic.

Our analytical approach and core strengths in innovation combine educational best practices with the latest tools. Our educators build learning experiences that are adaptive at their core and keep our children engaged.

AltSchool is rigorous.

Students learn best when they are interested. By personalizing learning to student needs and passions, we can challenge them more. Students learn at a level that pushes them, but not so much that they disengage. We also provide frequent quantitative and qualitative feedback to ensure that students are prepared for success after their AltSchool years.

AltSchool is diverse.

We believe that children benefit from diversity and that all children deserve an excellent, child-centered education. You can help us bring AltSchool to more children by donating to our need-based tuition assistance fund.

AltSchool is engaged with the community.

Learning is not just about what happens inside the classroom. We connect students with experts and institutions in the community to enrich the learning experience and keep them wanting more.

AltSchool is a partnership.

We believe it is vital to have parents integrally involved in their child’s education. We measure parent satisfaction and offer tools so that parents can see and understand how their students are learning at any point in time - not just at parent/teacher conferences.

AltSchool is fun.

When students drive their own learning, they become motivated by passion and creativity -- and learn to be that way throughout their lives. They also simply love going to school. We love watching them show up early on Mondays, ready to dive right in.

Our Parents

Parents are AltSchool’s partners in their child’s education.

That said, parents have busy lives -- so AltSchool makes it easy for them to stay involved and informed. Through simple technology solutions for communication, registration, payments and permission slips, AltSchool helps families spend more time on the things that matter most -- and that most benefit their children.

AltSchool works with families on after-school care and transportation options to make school convenient. Scheduling constraints due to additional commitments can be accommodated and family travel is encouraged as an opportunity for children to learn outside the classroom.

AltSchool parents are integral to the reimagined school experience. AltSchool looks to them for feedback on what is going well and what can be improved. Aside from simply listening, AltSchool explicitly measures different dimensions of parent satisfaction, sharing the results in a transparent way and tracking progress over time.

AltSchool has an open door policy and welcomes parents to the classroom. However, volunteer hours are not requested or required. AltSchool has a full team working in the background so that parents don't have to worry about mandatory volunteering.

Learn more about how we seek to meet the needs of families from Peter, our Head of Parent Satisfaction.

Learn more about why community matters at AltSchool.

Locations

AltSchool has locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and is expanding to Chicago in the 2017-2018 school year. Please sign up here if you want to be notified about future location openings.

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 2017)


San Francisco Schools

AltSchool SOMA

AltSchool HQ and Middle School
1245 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

AltSchool Alamo Square

Lower School (K - 5)
735 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117

AltSchool Dogpatch 1

Lower School (TK - 2)
2265 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
Special Program: Spanish Immersion

AltSchool Dogpatch 2

Lower School (TK - 2)
610 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
Special Programs: German Bilingual

AltSchool Fort Mason

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

AltSchool Yerba Buena (Opening fall 2016)

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



Palo Alto Schools

AltSchool Palo Alto

Lower and Middle School (TK - 7)
930 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301



New York City Schools

AltSchool Brooklyn Heights

Lower and Middle School (Pre-K - 6)
212 Hicks St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

AltSchool East Village (Opening fall 2016)

Lower and Middle School (Pre-K - 6)
1 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009

AltSchool Union Square (Scheduled to open fall 2017)

Lower and Middle School (Pre-K - 8)
90 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10011



Chicago Schools

AltSchool Lincoln Park (Scheduled to open fall 2017)

Lower and Middle School (Pre-K - 8)
2720 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

FAQs

About Us

What is AltSchool?

AltSchool is a network of independent Pre-Kindergarten - 8th grade schools located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and Chicago (fall 2017). Technology has revolutionized many industries, yet we’ve only scratched the surface in education. Our team of educators and technologists is creating a new ecosystem for schools where teachers can personalize learning for each student, enabling students to reach their full potential.

What makes AltSchool unique?

There are many things that make AltSchool unique, but three things set us apart from other schools: a deeply personalized experience for students and families; exceptional educators; and a relentless focus on improvement.

We personalize the school experience for students and families across numerous dimensions, including academics, the facility, school day schedules, parent involvement, and more. Each child at AltSchool has a personalized learning plan, informed by their interests and level in each academic area. AltSchool’s technology platform enables teachers to deliver custom-made lesson plans for each child thereby challenging them at the right level across all academic areas.

With over 100 applications for each teaching position, we’re able to hire truly exceptional educators. With diverse backgrounds, our educators inspire students every day through real-world, personalized experiences. We also empower educators to be their best through innovative technology, a centralized support team, and unique professional development opportunities.

As a learning organization, we continually collect and iterate on feedback from the community of educators, students, and parents so that improvements happen in hours and days, not months or years. Many programs and technology tools have been built based on direct feedback from students and parents.

What is a micro-school?

AltSchool micro-schools are small learning communities with mixed-age classrooms. Because of the small size, micro-schools allow us adapt to the needs of students, parents, and teachers. Each micro-school is part of a larger network of schools.

Why build a network?

Our network model allows families to benefit from small, intimate school environments, as well as the cumulative knowledge of our network as a whole. Our schools improve as they grow, as educators and operations team members continually collaborate and share best practices. Our central team of engineers, operations, and human resources support each school across our network, enabling us to grow and empower schools to focus on families.

Who is AltSchool?

AltSchool’s founding team includes experienced educators and technology leaders, united around the mission of delivering personalized education to all children. Our educators have many years of experience in teaching and leading schools, with deep expertise in learning differences, gifted education, and cross-cultural education.

Read more about our team.

How are you funded?

AltSchool is backed by Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, Emerson Collective, First Round Capital, Harrison Metal, John Doerr, Jonathan Sackler, Learn Capital, Omidyar Network, Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan's donor advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and other leading investors. Our funding gives us the resources and flexibility to build a school system that can quickly scale to serve increasing numbers of families. AltSchool's corporate functions, including technology R&D and school system operations, are funded by the above venture sources. AltSchool campuses, including teacher salaries and campus operations, are funded by tuition.

Academics

How do you develop a personalized curriculum?

Each student at AltSchool has a personalized learning plan, based on their current knowledge across all academic areas, individual goals, and interests. Through our technology, educators curate relevant individual and group activities that support each student’s goals and needs. Educators assess student progress on an ongoing basis to keep students challenged and help them grow.

Educators personalize across many dimensions. They continually adjust a student’s goals, pace, content by subject, physical environment, and the roles students take on in group projects.

What is an AltSchool Playlist?

The AltSchool playlist is a customized to-do list for students to help them manage their work. Teachers curate a unique playlist for each student. Within the playlist, students can view their assignments, communicate with their teacher, and submit their work. Teachers can then provide feedback and assess student work. The majority of student work is completed off screen; students mainly use the playlist to manage and document their work.

What role do standards play at AltSchool?

AltSchool draws from a variety of national standards and metrics as a framework for instructional design. Lower and Middle School core skill and project-based learning assessments are informed by Common Core English and Math, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Social Emotional Learning Competencies (CASEL) among others.

How is student work assessed?

When framed in the context of growth, feedback inspires children to reflect and reach for continual progress. AltSchool educators regularly assess progress through individual student work and projects, sharing frequent updates with families throughout the school year. Students develop self-awareness and critical thinking by being part of the assessment process; students regularly reflect after projects on the difficulty level, whether they needed help from their teachers, and their feelings throughout the process.

Through AltSchool’s Progression tool, educators gain an in-depth understanding of each student’s progress and areas of growth across all academic and social-emotional areas. Each child’s Progression pulls in their educator’s assessments from completed activities, 3rd party standardized assessments like MAP, and progress towards individual learning objectives. Through the information in the Progression, educators can curate learning experiences that challenge and inspire students in the right areas for growth.

Is there a foreign language program?

Our co-curricular programs before and after school are offered for an additional fee and include foreign language instruction for all ages and levels in Mandarin and Spanish. In the past, AltSchool has partnered with organizations such as Alliance Française Bay Area to provide interested students an opportunity to study other languages that do not have the demand for a full AltSchool class.

Do you give grades?

Frequent feedback is key to improving student outcomes over time. AltSchool students regularly receive both qualitative and quantitative feedback.

Students, teachers, and family members regularly reflect on the design and outcomes of each student’s Personalized Learning Plan and adjust goals accordingly. Teachers also hold drop-in “office hours” when family members can come in to discuss student progress or concerns if they arise.

In addition, AltSchool students who are at a 2nd grade reading level and above are assessed three times per year via the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. MAP is an adaptive test based on Common Core Standards that matches each student’s skill level. Parents and teachers will be able to benchmark a child’s grade level for reading and math, including percentile ranking and range of growth.

What is your policy on homework?

AltSchool does not have a formal homework policy and it varies from child to child. This depends on age, skill level and how successful each child is in managing time to complete work in class.

When Lower School students bring home school work, it is usually to complete a project or to dive deeper into topics driven by passion and interest. Because reading assignments and written work become lengthier as the student matures, Middle Schoolers regularly have homework in order to maximize instructional time. However, students can often finish their work during individual Playlist time built into the schedule every day.

Classroom Dynamics

Who is the principal?

Our classrooms are designed for participatory leadership rather than top-down control. Each micro-school classroom is run by a Head of School who collaborates with co-teachers, parents and students to shape vision, determine priorities, and solve problems.

Other functions typically assigned to school administrators -- including recruiting, outreach, technology support, purchasing, and finances -- are handled by AltSchool’s support team and academic advisory board.

Why do you have mixed-age classrooms?

We believe that, like adults, children benefit educationally and socially from being part of diverse communities with a range of ages and abilities. Grouping children of various ages together gives each child exposure to peers who are similar and different. Children learn from one another as they stretch to attain higher levels of understanding and as they serve as experts to those less far along. Each student has a personalized education plan so that we can effectively serve children at multiple grade levels in the same homeroom environment.

How are student needs met in a micro-school campus?

Our micro-schools are composed of flexible classroom spaces that work as multi-disciplinary learning centers. An open floor plan, modular furniture, and state of the art learning tools allow us to easily shift room functions -- quickly transforming a room from a science laboratory to a reading lounge to a yoga studio. In addition, we consider the community as part of the classroom and students make frequent use of neighborhood facilities such as gyms, science institutions, libraries, museums, parks, and other enrichment centers in the city.

How are you using technology?

Most technology is invisible in the classroom. Student-facing technology complements but never replaces the relationship with the teacher. We use technology to superpower our teachers and improve the quality of time spent with each student. We use technology to support the school experience for students, parents, and teachers in the following ways:

1. We help teachers do what they do best: teach. Our products streamline the backend operations of the classroom so teachers can spend more time in face-to-face interactions with students.
2. Our tools engage and empower students manage and document their school work, and to easily communicate and collaborate with teachers on particular projects.
3. Our parent apps make communications and collaboration with teachers easy and flexible.

Technology in the classroom varies by program. With younger children technology is used mainly for chronicling students’ work and to provide communication between parents and educators. A younger student might use technology to take a picture of an activity, provide feedback on a project, or create a video for a story they wrote. For older students, technology is integrated throughout their curriculum as appropriate, and they leverage it to augment learning and accomplish their overall goals. Each student has their own device to manage their Playlist.

Parents and Teachers

How do teachers work with each other?

Teachers work in teaching teams, drawing on each other’s strengths to ensure that each classroom and the school runs smoothly and the learning is rich and dynamic. Additionally, they can collaborate at a network level, sharing successful teaching approaches. They also partner with subject matter experts and external resources to provide a diverse learning experience for all students.

How do teachers work with parents?

Teachers and parents are a team at AltSchool. They work together to form a deep understanding of each child. Parents are encouraged to provide feedback to teachers to improve their child’s learning trajectory. On a regular basis, parents receive updates regarding student progress and updates from the class. Parents, students, and teachers also meet for in-person conferences to evaluate and improve the learning experience. AltSchool parents have the opportunity to suggest experiences for inclusion in the curriculum on an ongoing basis and to contribute their own talents to the classroom.

Beyond working with teachers, what else is expected of families?

At AltSchool, families are a critical part of the education experience and community. Families may give their time and resources voluntarily in ways that meet their interests and availability. Structured opportunities to contribute include volunteering as Class Community Builders, Admissions Ambassadors, Education Issues Committee Members and Technology Advisory Committee Members.

Families can also participate in more unstructured ways, including volunteering their time to share their expertise or culture with a class and attending community gatherings.

Admissions

What kind of child does AltSchool look for?

There is no single type of student who excels at AltSchool. We look for children with a combination of skills, talents, interests, and learning styles. We also look for children with a combination of curiosity, enthusiasm, and optimism. We consider these elements when putting together our classrooms. We aim to attract students who complement one another and help each other grow. Because we provide personalized learning experiences and we have multiple locations and school environments, we are able to provide educational environments for a wide range of personality types and learners.

How many openings do you have?

Rather than ranking students and admitting our top choices to a limited number of spots, we craft ideally balanced classes through a careful understanding of students and families. We have the capacity to open new micro-schools where there is the greatest interest and demand amongst prospective families.

How are grade levels organized at AltSchool?

AltSchool offers both Lower School (Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade), and Middle School (6th through 8th grade). Programs vary by school location. Each school features mixed-age classrooms with 2-3 year age bands.

How old does my child need to be to enroll in the Transitional Kindergarten or Pre-Kindergarten program?

In California, we accept children who will be at least four years and nine months old on the first day of school to our Transitional Kindergarten program. In New York, children must be 3 years old by the time they start school to enroll in AltSchool Brooklyn Heights for the 2016-2017 school year. Children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2016, to enroll in AltSchool East Village for the 2016-2017 school year. If a child is close to the cut-off, we are happy to discuss flexible options with families.

What is your vaccination policy?

At AltSchool we take the health of our students, educators, and the surrounding communities seriously. We require all students to be fully immunized and recognize only those exemptions required by law in the locations in which we operate.

In California, the Health and Safety Code requires all students to be immunized. In the past, California law recognized two exemptions to this requirement: for personal/religious beliefs and medical exemptions. Beginning in January 2016, the State will no longer permit new religious and personal belief exemptions. Accordingly, as of January 1, 2016, AltSchool will require all students to be immunized except for (1) students who have valid temporary or permanent medical exemptions and (2) students who have an existing personal/religious belief exemption and who are in between the checkpoint grades (defined as kindergarten and seventh grade), in each case with documentation as required by law. For all students, we will require a complete immunization record before a child begins school.

In New York, the New York State Public Health Law requires all students to be immunized and does not recognize exemptions except for medical exemptions and religious exemptions. AltSchool grants medical exemptions when a New York State licensed physician certifies that immunization may be detrimental to the child’s health, with documentation as required by law. AltSchool will review requests for religious exemptions, so long as they are accompanied by all documentation required by law. Parents are encouraged to submit documentation immediately upon enrollment to ensure AltSchool’s timely review and assessment of the validity of a requested exemption. For all students, we will require a complete immunization record before your child begins school.

We recommend reviewing your child’s immunization records well in advance of the start of school to give yourself time to complete any required immunizations.

Additional Information

What is tuition, and what is included in tuition?

Tuition depends on several factors, including geographic location and specific program costs. Tuition includes all activities, field trips, technology devices, and classroom supplies. Before and after school co-curricular programs/specialty programs and additional student support services are available for an extra fee. See location specific details for San Francisco, Palo Alto and New York.

Is financial aid available?

Need-based tuition assistance is available, and we are happy to discuss in more detail during the admissions process. AltSchool wants to provide access to an excellent child-centered education to as many students as possible and believes that all children benefit from being part of a diverse community.

What is the San Francisco school calendar for 2016-2017?

Our location pages will soon be updated with the 2016-2017 school calendar.

What are school hours?

We understand that flexibility is important for families. Families can drop off their children at school anytime between 8:00 am and 9:00 am for no additional fee. The school day ends at 3:15 pm for Lower School and 3:30 pm for Middle School.

Is after-school care available?

We offer co-curricular programs (AltExplore, seasonal sessions, and academic focus) at each of our locations from the end of the school day through 6pm daily.

Families do not need to sign up in advance for AltExplore and students may join as needed or in combination with other co-curricular offerings. The program is designed to support children’s need for unstructured play and exploration. Supervised by AltSchool educators, activities may include free-choice or Playlist time, outdoor play, as well as collaborative science, art, or tinkering projects depending on student interest. The cost for the 2015-16 school year is $12 per hour.

AltSchool’s seasonal co-curricular sessions are taught by specialists and run for 10-14 weeks, allowing students to explore new subjects, dig deeper into their existing passions and interests, and build on previous experiences. These programs take place before school during the 8-9am drop-off window and after school through 6pm. Content is determined at each site based on family preferences and educator availability, but may include coursework in foreign language, performing arts, sports, environmental education, STEM, and visual arts.

These co-curricular programs offer families a wide range of choices to truly personalize a student’s day. Content is tailored to each group’s interest and abilities, and children can form meaningful relationships with peers from other classrooms and AltSchool sites.

In most cases, a minimum number of enrolled students will be required for a program to move forward. Pricing depends on the offering, as well as on meeting frequency (once to multiple times a week), but ranges from $100-$500 per month.

In addition to the time during the school day, our education support team may recommend extra one-on-one or small-group sessions that can be held after school for an additional fee.

Do you have recess?

AltSchool students have recess every day and participate in daily outdoor activities, visiting parks near each school. Our students also have dedicated physical fitness time three to four times per week, which may include yoga, dance, or other movement classes. Additional athletics and movement classes may be offered as a co-curricular program as well.

What food is served at AltSchool?

Children bring their own lunches to school. We also have a variety of nutritious snacks available throughout the day.

How are allergies handled?

AltSchool is an Allergy Aware school. Educators and our Safety Team members work closely with families to develop personalized safety plans for each student and their specific allergies. Although we do not ban specific foods or nuts from our campuses, we have a clear protocol to protect students with food allergies at our schools.

Do you have summer school?

We offer Summer @ AltSchool programs in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and New York City. From maker labs to performing arts, our two-week programs are taught by our amazing AltSchool educators. Summer programs run from June 20 - August 12, 2016.

How do you handle safety / security?

AltSchool has a Head of Safety who has formalized processes for emergency situations as well as safety procedures and protocols for all aspects of the AltSchool experience, including inside the classroom, on trips to the park, and on field trips.

Do students receive safety training?

Emergency drills are conducted regularly both inside and outside the classroom, and students are made aware of fire and natural disaster preparedness and safety protocols.

Additionally, AltSchool partners with Kidpower (kidpower.org) to use their exceptional safety curriculum for students across different ages and levels including: stranger safety, anti-bullying, sexual assault prevention, and digital media safety strategies and skills.

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

AltSchool's Pre-K and First Grade students describe a typical day in the classroom.


A Day in the Life of Lower School: Part 2

3rd to 5th grade students describe a typical day at AltSchool.

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 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


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March 5, 2015
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March 5, 2015
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March 4, 2015
School startup lures execs from Google, Uber, Zynga
March 4, 2015
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March 4, 2015
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February 26, 2015
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May 12, 2014
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May 9, 2014
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May 1, 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
AltSchool Raises $33M to Give K-8 Education a Modern Tech Makeover
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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November 29, 2013
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November 3, 2013
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Scholarship Fund at AltSchool

At AltSchool, we believe that all children deserve an excellent, personalized education that helps them reach their full potential. We also believe that children benefit from diversity, and that diverse classrooms help prepare young learners for the future.

Our students represent a diverse cross-section of communities, and many families rely on need-based tuition assistance to provide this opportunity to their children.

We invite community members, philanthropists, and organizations to support us in making AltSchool accessible to more children from underserved communities.

When you contribute to AltSchool’s Scholarship Fund, you not only create more opportunities for children to access an exceptional education, but you also invest in continuous innovation of personalized learning tools and best practices with far-reaching implications for how children learn in the 21st century.

To learn more about AltSchool's philanthropic endeavors, please contact Brandon Myint.