Grand Rapids-based iEducation Group has acquired California-based Futures Academy, the nation’s second-largest one-to-one school group, adding to its scholastic offerings. iEducation Group is the organization’s new name to reflect its expanded range of services. It was previously Fusion Education Group.
The newly named organization will operate three individual school groups, including Futures, Fusion, and Barnstable Academy. iEducation Group is backed by Leeds Equity Partners, a New York-based investment firm.
Fusion Academy was founded in 1992 in California and offers one-teacher-to-one-student instruction that emphasizes academics and the emotional needs of its students. There are more than 50 Fusion campuses across 16 states and Washington, D.C.
Futures Academy was established in 1985 and offers the same one-to-one education style at 16 campuses throughout California. The two organizations will continue to operate as independent and separate school organizations, with Kelly Bozarth continuing as CEO of Futures, which has been backed by Crane Street Capital Group.
“Our collective organization is focused on driving great outcomes for more and more students across the country, and we believe expanding our personalized education platform, particularly one-to-one schools, is critical in doing so,” says Peter Ruppert, CEO of iEducation Group. “Our combination with Futures Academy is a bold step toward achieving this vision, one which will help us impact the lives of thousands of children and families across the nation.”
Futures has a 94-percent college acceptance rate. It teaches students how to learn, build study skills, and develop a growth mindset. It also has campus activities that offer leadership opportunities and an elective program that offers more than 70 courses in emerging fields. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers more than 170 courses including 27 honors and 18 Advanced Placement classes.
“At Futures Academy, we are deeply committed to continually innovating, adding new programs and services, attracting exceptional teachers, and partnering with our community,” says Bozarth. “This partnership will allow each school brand to better serve its unique student population, while creating more opportunities for our students, teachers, and all stakeholders in our community.”
Fusion and Futures serve middle- and high-school students.