OUR HISTORY

 

2006: OUR BEGINNING

Founders Jason Kotter & Ryan Van Alfen start Charter School Fund in 2006 intent on helping charters secure financing to build and improve facilities.

2009: INTRO OF THE THREE PILLARS OF PERFORMANCE

Athlos brought the three pillar concepts to a school in Chandler, AZ.

2011: ATHLOS MODEL MORE FULLY DEVELOPED

Athlos began a relationship with two charter organizations in Texas, leading to partnering in implementing aspects of the Athlos model.

2012: BROOKLYN PARK, MINNESOTA

Began relationship with a Minnesota charter to convert a 15-year-old school (215 students) to a K-8 school with 1,000 students. Opened for 2014-2015 school year.

2013-14: SEVEN SCHOOLS

Delivered seven schools with 500,000 sq./ft. of space for two partners.

2014-15: EXPANDING TEAM

The Athlos team located in Boise, ID, rapidly expands to meet the needs of the schools opening for the 2016–17 school year.

2016: EIGHT NEW SCHOOLS

Athlos opens two new fully implemented curricular schools in Utah and Minnesota and another six new partially implementing schools in Texas.

2017: ON THE HORIZON

Athlos will continue to grow partnerships and support charter schools nationwide, gain charter approvals for fully-implementing schools, and open six new partially-implementing schools.

The Story of Athlos

Co-founders Ryan Van Alfen and Jason Kotter were introduced to charter schools almost serendipitously. While helping a charter school obtain real estate, they became impressed by the idea of parental choice in education, yet realized that obtaining facilities was a major challenge for these organizations.

Recognizing a need, they began developing outstanding campuses to match each charter schools’ distinctive qualities. The more charter operators they met, the more they were intrigued by their offerings—but began sensing there were gaps to a child’s lifelong development that went beyond academic offerings.

Entrepreneurs in their own right, the two founders had always chalked up their success to life lessons: hard work, healthy choices, personal integrity, and a competitive drive.

As they looked to their own days in school, they credited great teachers and coaches to be sure, but they also recognized the opportunities for developing character that often occurred outside typical classroom settings. Their charter school partners also made them keenly aware of the decline of physical activity among today’s students and why schools are hard-pressed to improve this.

A concept began to take shape. Consulting with education experts, fitness specialists, and social science thought leaders, a new charter school model was born. Athlos, derived from the Greek word for “feat” or “contest,” revived the classical ideal of balance—balance of mind, body, and character.

Today, Athlos Academies presents families with another choice in public education. We purposefully incorporate life application skills into our curricula. By offering students, parents, and educators both the tools and the environment to excel, we aim to help every child perform better and change public education for the better.

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