Organization Name: Altitude Learning

Focus Area: Growing Learners
Region: United States
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2014
Status: Alumni
Altitude Learning was an educator-run startup powering the growing learner-centered movement. With both professional learning and a technology platform, it aimed to meet schools and districts where they are to catalyze and accelerate their shift to learner-centered education. In 2001, the company was acquired by Higher Ground Education, which operates the largest network of Montessori schools.

Why We Invested

The US education system is in need of innovation, however the school-based innovation rooted in the charter movement has been slow to scale. We invested in Altitude Learning (previously AltSchool) to learn boldly about the viability of small-scale micro schools and the role of technology in cultivating student-centric and personalized learning environments, as well as in enhancing teacher effectiveness.

The industrial model of education brought a baseline level of access to many learners across the world. Today we are ready for the next transformation: learner-centered models that enable every child to reach their full potential.
Ben Kornell, President and CEO, Altitude Learning