It all started with a noble aspiration and an award-winning business plan.
In 2009, a small but determined group of educators decided to do something that would have seemed crazy to most in their field. They had no significant funding, no facility, no teachers, no parents, no students, and no political champions. Nonetheless, they decided to apply to four large school districts with the goal of opening a new public charter school that could pioneer a breakthrough way of educating low-income children.
Fortunately, what the founders lacked in resources they made up for in vision, dedication and passion. The plan that served as their inspiration had taken first prize in the University of Colorado Boulder's New Venture Challenge and over the past four years, they have worked tirelessly to see their inspiration take shape.
Today, Exalt Education is a growing network of inspired schools and talented educators with a national board of directors, a seasoned management team, and a growing track record of performance.
During its short life, Exalt has secured anchor financing, assumed management of three campuses in the most under-resourced areas of the Mid-South and Pacific Northwest, and assembled a home office support team. To lead its first three campuses, Exalt has attracted strong site-management teams, implemented its “Greatest Hits” academic design, and begun to achieve its desired impact. In just three years’ time, the Exalt network has grown from serving 240 students in grades K-5 to serving 840 students in grades K-8 with plans in the works to serve over 5,000 students.
However, these schools are just the start. Exalt’s broader mission is to build a teaching-and-learning network that equips mission-driven educators with the knowledge and tools to serve low-income students nationally. By engaging altruistic professionals who have chosen the noblest of vocations, this network will change the life trajectory of low-income children and play a unique role in driving the transformation of public education.