Kids take attendance on an iPad, complete a "playlist" of activities, and learn 3D modeling software to design a playhouse for the class pet.
Founder and CEO Max Ventilla previously helmed the personalization team at Google, where he helped build Google+ and other products that make the internet feel more personal. His latest venture aims to transform the outdated, early-1900s model of elementary education for the Digital Age.
In May, we spent the day at AltSchool's Fort Mason location in San Francisco to see its revolutionary teaching style in action.
AltSchool is a network of "micro-schools," each enrolling between 80 and 150 students, that aims to bring education into the 21st century.
Max Ventilla, former head of personalization at Google, left the company to found AltSchool in 2013. Today there are four locations in the Bay Area.
In May, Mark Zuckerberg led a new $100 million round of venture funding, which also included existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and Peter Thiel's Founders Fund.