Jul 2019

AltSchool Gets an Alt-Name and New Leadership

By Tony Wan

June 28, 2019

AltSchool, a developer of personalized learning software that once operated a chain of “microschools,” is getting a major makeover.

This morning, the San Francisco-based company announced a series of “sweeping changes” that includes a new name—Altitude Learning—and new leadership. Co-founders Max Ventilla and Bharat Mediratta, who had served respectively as CEO and chief technology officer, are stepping back from their day-to-day roles but will be on the company’s board. Ventilla will be Chairman of the board.

Assuming the leadership roles will be Ben Kornell and Devin Vodicka, both of whom joined AltSchool in 2017 as part of a spree of executive hires. Their current titles, respectively, are president and chief impact officer. …

“I’ll be curious to see if they can offer their services at a price point that allows districts to get a lot of value out of the relationship and Altitude to create a thriving business,” says Michael Horn, a senior partner at Entangled Group, which recently authored a report examining AltSchool’s work with Arcadia Unified School District in California, an early user of the platform.


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