AltSchool to Potentially Charge $1000 Per Student for Software

PHASE TWO: AltSchool, the microschool system that originated in the Bay Area, is no stranger to press, and this week, TechCrunch published a Q&A with founder Max Ventilla in which he shared plans for the growth of the AltSchool system. A few new pieces of information: Ventilla says that he and his team plan to charge up to $1,000 for the software that AltSchool has developed in house “Pricing will approach $1,000 [per student per year] — though it’ll probably be discounted below that [to high hundreds of dollars per student],” he says.

Ventilla also reports that when users purchase the software, the package will include “services,” such as teacher training. “You aren’t stamping out the same experience again and again,” he tells TechCrunch. “Different people are able to own [very different] education experiences, but they’ll [be using] a common platform.”

With a collection of seven schools—five of them in San Francisco, one in Palo Alto, and one in Brooklyn—and two more set to open in Manhattan and Chicago this fall, Ventilla shares that he and his team will be ceasing to open any new schools in favor of focusing on his school partnerships work “AltSchool Open,” which was announced back in March.

Update, 8/10/2016: TechCrunch has updated its article with the statement that "Ventilla has since elaborated that that [$1,000] number was a hypothetical and AltSchool is a ways off from understanding the market and setting the price."

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