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Higher Ground Education

Higher Ground Education

Full Stack Educational Platform for Running Great Montessori Schools at Scale

Company Overview

Education is the challenge of our times, and an incredible market opportunity. The early childhood, primary, and secondary education industry is a trillion-dollar industry that is, overall, executed very poorly and is highly fragmented.

Higher Ground Education proposes to tackle this challenge by capitalizing on and scaling the Montessori approach to education. The Montessori approach is characterized by a disruptive early childhood focus, a pre-existing international movement and talent pool, and a rich pedagogical approach with a century of validation and incredible synergies with the best trends in contemporary education.

To learn more about the Montessori approach, watch our video here.

The Higher Ground team is uniquely poised to mainstream and modernize the Montessori approach, having a difficult-to-replicate blend of experience, credibility, and expertise from a wide variety of industries. The team has:

  • Operational experience in creating and managing high-end Montessori programs at scale
  • A highly qualified academic team, seasoned at developing innovative and in-demand programs, that includes Ivy League PhDs and Montessori experts
  • Executives and managers that bring the expertise—from real estate, construction, human resources, logistics, law, and finance—that ensures great schools are also great businesses

To learn more about our Team, watch our video here.

Higher Ground’s core competence, operating private Montessori schools for infants through 8th graders at scale, is itself a billion-dollar business. It also allows for entry into highly promising and impactful orthogonal markets such as education services, corporate care, tutoring, parent services, and more.

If you'd like more detailed financial models, please contact us.

Pitch Deck

Traction

  • Signed LOIs on six schools across the country, and expect to close on the first school (in Charlotte) in mid-August

    July, 2016
  • MOU signed with national real estate partner to fund $50+ million in real estate acquisitions per year

    July, 2016
  • Team formerly created, managed, and scaled a network of Montessori schools, with 20+ campuses and 2500+ students in CA, NY, and VA

    June, 2016
  • Team operated schools at high end of the market, with tuition ranging from $15,000 to $35,000, and 30 to 35% campus-level EBIDTA

    June, 2016
  • Secured first $500,000 EB-5 visa investment, and currently have two more such investments in the works

    July, 2016
  • Features suite Montessori-inspired programs that address market hunger for quality alternate ed, language immersion, infant care, and more

    June, 2016
  • Team uniquely positioned in Montessori world to access top talent, training partnerships, and below-market acquisition opportunities

    June, 2016
  • Creative approach to project-specific financing: startup costs funded with non-dilutive capital from asset investors, REITs, EB5s, parents

    June, 2016
  • Final stage negotiations with two national REITs seeking to fund school estate

    June, 2016
  • Established partnership with SIMS teacher training center in Phoenix as prototype for replicable Montessori training center relationship

    June, 2016
  • Created first brand and school network, Guidepost Montessori: guidepostmontessori.com

    July, 2016
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