At SXSWedu 2016 Founder Max Ventilla Shares New “AltSchool Open” Partnership Program and Company Growth Strategy
- Teachers, administrators invited to open schools with AltSchool: http://open.alt.school
- New Union Square school to open at corner of 14th St and 5th Ave in 2017
- New York network includes 3 schools: Brooklyn, East Village and Union Square
- SF Bay Area network grows to 6 schools: New Yerba Buena location opening in fall
- Chicago school network to start with Lincoln Park location opening fall 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 08, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO – Mar 8, 2016 – At SXSWedu 2016, AltSchool founder and CEO, Max Ventilla, today announced new plans for the company’s growth, both within the AltSchool network of schools and through a new partner program, AltSchool Open. AltSchool will continue expansion of its private schools, unveiling its third New York City school in Union Square, its sixth Bay Area school in San Francisco and first Chicago school in Lincoln Park. As AltSchool begins its next phase of growth, it’s kicking off AltSchool Open, a new partnership program that invites educators and administrators nationwide to open schools supported by the AltSchool model—and to join its mission to enable all children to reach their full potential.
In 2013, AltSchool’s team of teachers and technologists set out to reimagine education by asking, what would school look like if it were created today? Together they’re building an education “operating system,” a technology-based platform that empowers teachers. Designed in partnership with the teachers themselves, the tools encompass every facet of the school experience, from attendance to assessment to parent communication. Today the platform is being developed and used within AltSchool’s growing network of micro-schools. In the next few years, the company will open the platform to the nation’s public and private school systems, to help them modernize more efficiently and provide more personalized instruction to each student.
At SXSWedu 2016, Ventilla shared new details of that strategy and extended a call to educators and administrators across the country.
“We want to partner with amazing people who are interested in opening and operating new schools supported by AltSchool’s platform,” he said. “For our technology to support innovation across different schools and communities, it must be informed by the experiences and perspectives of a broader base of educators and families than only within our private schools. We’re searching for individuals who care deeply about providing a more personalized, child-centered school experience and are interested in taking advantage of AltSchool’s model and resources.”
Inside the AltSchool Network
New investors, including Mark Zuckerberg, committed $100M to further AltSchool’s vision last May. Since then, AltSchool has continued to see high demand in both existing and new geographies; last year thousands of families applied for new student spots and thousands of teachers applied for new educator roles. This June, while AltSchool graduates the first students from its SOMA middle school, a new group of incoming teachers will join its 50+ strong team of educators in the Bay Area, New York, and soon, Chicago.
In August 2015, AltSchool’s first location outside of California opened in Brooklyn Heights for students from pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade and will expand to 6th grade this coming fall. In the East Village, renovations are underway for the second New York school at 1 Avenue B, which will open this fall. The new Union Square site, located at the corner of 14th Street and 5th Avenue, will become AltSchool’s third New York school. AltSchool Union Square will accommodate 100 students, from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade, and plans to open in 2017. As its New York footprint expands, each school remains part of the larger AltSchool network, collaborating on curriculum, sharing expert resources and best practices.
San Francisco Bay Area
Since opening its very first one-room schoolhouse in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco in 2013, AltSchool has emerged as a popular option for Bay Area families. Five schools currently operate from Fort Mason in San Francisco to Palo Alto, serving more than 300 students in mixed-aged learning environments. Its sixth Bay Area school will open this fall at 300 4th Street, near Moscone Center and Yerba Buena Gardens. AltSchool Yerba Buena has capacity for 120 students from transitional kindergarten to 8th grade.
San Francisco is also home to most of AltSchool’s product and design team, who work closely with educators and parents network-wide to build technology that enhances the school experience. Through ongoing research and innovation, AltSchool strives to continuously hone that experience. Last fall, it introduced new tools like Stream and Progression. Stream is an app for parents that provides a window into their child’s school-day, from updates on curriculum to everyday logistics. Progression is a real-time portrait of students' progress in subjects like math, language arts, and social emotional development, giving teachers and parents a comprehensive view of how each child stacks up against standards and which skills need improvement. In June, AltSchool will release the third version of its school operating system, OS 17.0.
If you’re a teacher or administrator who would like to learn more about AltSchool Open, visit http://open.alt.school/.
AltSchool is reimagining K-8 education from the ground up with its mission to enable all children to reach their full potential. AltSchool’s world-class team of educators, operators, and technologists is building a network of micro-schools that offer personalized, child-centered learning experiences. Founded in 2013 by technology entrepreneur and parent Max Ventilla, and headquartered in San Francisco, 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 and Priscilla Chan's donor advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and other leading investors. AltSchool currently operates schools in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Brooklyn, and soon, Manhattan and Chicago. More information at www.altschool.com.