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You may have seen a new name floating around in some of our announcements. Over the next several months, we will be undergoing a naming rebrand, changing from The American Academy to AchievePoint.

Our Mission - What we believe & what we're about.

"The American Academy helps students and schools succeed by providing a flexible, affordable, and high quality online education. At The American Academy, students of any age can recover credits, accelerate their learning or earn a complete high school diploma from an accredited institution."

Our mission statement is a product of our beliefs about student learning. Get to know our education world view and you'll soon discover what The American Academy is all about.

  • Today’s high schools were originally designed to serve only 10% of the population. [more]

    Secondary schools as we know them were designed to educate a homogonous fraction of society that could afford the "leisure" of secondary education; the instructional model prepared students to attend four-year universities. The future of education must respond to the rapidly-changing needs of our diverse student population and make a choice of formats and learning paths available to all students. Alternative education formats should be the rule rather than the exception.

  • Some people truly have no interest in attending a "Top-10" university. [more]

    High schools should be transport mechanisms that help students get to "the next thing," whether it be employment, vocational training, or higher education. Schools need to more closely align their outcomes with the expectations and requirements of employers and career colleges and technical schools, as well as traditional colleges and universities. Each student should put together a "High School and Beyond" plan to help them identify their goals and interests and prepare them to transition successfully to that next thing.

  • 21st century skills are critical for preparing students for survival and success in a flat world. [more]

    Technology-mediated education can cultivate 21st century skills in today’s students, including self-motivation, time-management, distributed communication, and business writing.

  • Dropout recovery is as important as dropout prevention. [more]

    Forty-five million adults in the U.S. do not have a high school diploma. According to the Gates Foundation, 76% of those students would go back to high school if they had the opportunity to do so with students their own age. Because there is no association of high school dropouts, we need to partner with organizations that routinely work with these populations to reach motivated students.

  • People without a high school diploma are in a race to the bottom. [more]

    Average income over time for people without a high school diploma has been decreasing. People are not competitive in our new global society without a high school education and additional training.

  • Finding ways to fund flexible education opportunities is key to helping people improve their lives. [more]

    The adults who would benefit most from completing their high school education are also the least able to pay for it. Their hands are tied by their inability to access government-subsidized financial aid for the private programs that best meet their needs for a flexible, quality education; without subsidies, these students are stuck in neutral (or even going in reverse). Finding innovative ways to help students pay for their education is critical to our success in reducing the magnitude and severity of the dropout crisis.

  • Technology can be leveraged to create a high-quality learning experience that is both flexible and affordable. [more]

    Online learning allows students of all ages to balance schooling with competing time- and location-bound priorities. Innovative uses of technology for online classroom management can drive down instructional costs without sacrificing a "high-touch" student experience.

  • Public/private partnerships enable public schools to offer alternatives without incurring additional costs or administrative burdens. [more]

    Public/private partnerships allow public schools to access a host of learning options without investing the time, money, and expertise required to develop and administer alternative programs internally. In fact, public schools could realize significant cost savings by partnering with private entities that have built efficient, scalable businesses.

  • In order for students to be successful, they must be engaged in the learning process and feel ownership of their learning. [more]

    Students have become savvy consumers and have increased control and ownership of more facets of their lives than ever before. Giving students ownership and engaging them in the learning process promotes student success.

  • All students, with the proper motivation and support, can be successful online learners. [more]

    Students who value their education and need a different option can make online learning work, given appropriate tools and support, e.g., accountability, learning strategies, etc.

  • Assessments of student learning should provide students with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their achievement. [more]

    Students learn best through a variety of modalities; it follows that students will best demonstrate their learning through a variety of modalities.

  • Online learning helps students learn persistence and how to deal with ambiguity. [more]

    Online learners learn early to work in a distributed environment, to move forward without immediate answers to their questions, and how to draw conclusions based on the information they have at hand. It also helps learners learn to ask for help and clarification, as needed.

  • The commitment to continual improvement is imperative for a school to enable students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners and adapt to students’ changing characteristics and needs. [more]

    As students’ characteristics and needs change, the school must evolve and adapt to keep pace and maintain relevance.

Students who participate in The American Academy's courses will learn a lot about the subjects they're studying. But as you can tell from our belief statements, we believe learning goes beyond knowing the dates of the Civil War and how to avoid comma splices.

The American Academy has a set of specific civic and social expectations for our students, as described in the standards and expectations below. [i]

  1. Standard 1: Students develop personal, social, service, and leadership skills. [more]

    Indicator 1.1: Students demonstrate an understanding that each individual is instrumental in improving the quality of life for all members of the student's community.
    Indicator 1.2: Students demonstrate critical, creative, and innovative thinking, while identifying and solving real-world problems.
    Indicator 1.3: Students accept responsibility for their learning and demonstrate self-direction.

  2. Standard 2: Students demonstrate positive behaviors and attitudes. [more]

    Indicator 2.1: Students demonstrate self-discipline, accountability, integrity, and ethics in an online learning environment and in civil society.
    Indicator 2.2: Students demonstrate and recognize the principles of wellness, and physical and emotional fitness.

  3. Standard 3: Students are motivated and committed to learning. [more]

    Indicator 3.1: Students demonstrate a willingness to teach others new skills, and to share experiences in an effort to promote learning.

  4. Standard 4: Students have a sense of belonging and accomplishment. [more]

    Indicator 4.1: Students demonstrate the ability to work with and show respect for diverse groups of people and recognizes the need for social responsibility and global awareness.

  5. Standard 5: Students have positive relationships with adults, peers, and parents that support learning. [more]

    Indicator 5.1: Students have an adult or adults in their lives, who knows the student well and assists the student in achieving their learning outcomes.
    Indicator 5.2: Students participate in local and online communities that support positive life experiences.


[i] Adapted from "21st Century Civic and Social Expectations for Student Learning", published by The Schools of Fairhaven Massachusetts

Student Stories

The team here at The American Academy is dedicated to our student's success. Our flexibile, affordable program allows many of our students to pursue their dreams without having to leave school behind.

Here's a few testimonials - hear it from the students!

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The American Academy Online High School - Team Members

Management Team
Ron Klausner
Chief Executive Officer
Gregg Rosann
President & Chief Technology Officer
Rebekah Richards
Chief Academic Officer & Co-Founder
Marie DeMego
Chief Technology Officer
Andy Cusimano
Chief Operating Officer
Board of Directors
Mike Dodd
Director
Mark Grovic
Director
Anthony E. Meyer
Co-Founder
and Director
Scott Petty
Director
Investors
Investor

Ron Klausner, Chief Executive Officer

With more than 10 years of industry tenure, Ron joins Graduation Alliance having held a series of executive positions within the education market and following three impressive decades of leadership experience inside the business solutions sector.

Between 2013-15 Ron served as Interim COO at Academic Partnerships following an active, 5-year history as a member of their board. Earlier he led Cambium Learning Group, a K-12 curriculum and services company, as Chief Executive Officer following the firm's acquisition of Voyager Expanded Learning (where he had been President since 2005). Prior to Voyager, Ron served as President of ProQuest Information and Learning Company.

Ron came to the education market following a successful 27-year career with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), a global business information and technology solutions provider, where he served as Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales and led a segment with more than $900 million in annual revenues. Even earlier at D&B, Ron led Global Data, Operations, and Customer Service in approximately 200 countries and had been CFO and President of Asia Pacific/Latin America.

Ron earned his Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from New York University. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the President's Award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators and the Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young. [TOP]


Gregg Rosann, President & Chief Technology Officer

Gregg Rosann is a co-founder of Graduation Alliance. He has more than 25 years of experience in software and systems integration across a variety of industries, with expertise in developing customer self-service applications in the US public sector. At Graduation Alliance as President and Chief Technology Officer, Gregg is responsible for the technology platforms that deliver education to our students.

Previous to Graduation Alliance, Gregg served as Vice President of Software Engineering at Tomax Corporation (acquired by DemandWare and Salesforce.com), where he led the development of the company’s flagship product. Gregg also spent 15 years at American Management Systems (acquired by CGI), where he successfully delivered a series of large and innovative technology projects to state and local government agencies across the country. He specialized in systems that delivered significant cost savings and operational efficiencies, and managed customer-facing projects that delivered more than $50 Million in revenue to the company’s State, Local and Federal Defense business units.

Gregg received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and his M.S. in Science Instrumentation from the University of Utah. He was an entrepreneurship associate at the Lassonde New Venture Development Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, and maintains advisory board roles at the University's Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, the Professional Master of Science and Technology program and the Technology and Venture Commercialization Office. Gregg also serves as Board President at the Salt Lake City Jewish Community Center.[TOP]


Rebekah Richards, Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer    rebekah's blog

Rebekah Richards is a co-founder of The American Academy. Rebekah has worked in online high school education since 1999; she has been involved in the early stage planning and implementation of numerous public and private online high schools throughout the country, including Colorado Online Learning, Connecticut’s Adult Education online program, The Online Latin School, and Insight Schools, Inc. As the Chief Academic Officer for The American Academy, Rebekah oversees education program development, policy initiatives, and program compliance.

Rebekah is a frequent speaker on dropout recovery and prevention and the use of online learning to address the needs of at-risk students. She has been featured at national and international conferences on topics including dropout recovery best practices, online learning for students with learning disabilities, online instructor training, learning management systems, training complex cognitive skills, and instructional message design.

Rebekah is very active in dropout recovery public policy initiatives. She has collaborated with legislators in multiple states on policies giving school districts the ability to better serve returning dropouts. Rebekah recently served on the advisory council for the International and Transregional Division of Northwest Accreditation Commission, now a division of AdvancEd. As a member of the standards task force for both Northwest Accreditation and AdvancEd, she has helped craft rigorous accreditation standards for online programs throughout the US.

Rebekah received a B.A. in Classics from Brigham Young University, an M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from Utah State University, and an M.A. in Classical Philology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. [TOP]


JC Tenney, Chief Technology Officer

JC has been an integral part of Graduation Alliance since joining the team full time in 2008. He currently manages the IT department in support of the millions of students and school administrators that use our systems. JC oversees development of the company Student Information System (SIS) that is used to ensure students are able to be successful in the program. JC also has direct management and oversight of the firm's Exploration & Planning Platforms, it's customized learning management system (Texas Project Share), and student data warehouse.

Prior to joining the team, JC was a freelance developer working on several small projects in the medical education and search engine optimization spaces. He is passionate about exploring new, cutting-edge technologies and applying those technologies to help change student lives. JC graduated with Honors from the University of Utah with a degree in Computer Science. [TOP]


Andy Cusimano, Chief Operating Officer

Andy has primary responsibility for TAA’s program delivery and operations. Prior to joining TAA in 2010, Andy spent two decades understanding, delivering and consistently improving customer experiences in a variety of sectors. As a marketer, project manager and systems creator, Andy's expertise has been an integral part of the success of companies that have appeared on Inc. Magazine's fastest growing company rankings and have been honored with PSMJ's Circle of Excellence award for best managed companies.

Prior to joining The American Academy, Andy was chief operations officer of Jack Johnson Company, a multidisciplinary professional services firm in Park City, Utah. Additionally, Andy was the founder and president of Mountain Eye Creative, a marketing and graphic design firm catering to the professional services industry. Andy received his M.B.A. from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University. [TOP]


Mike Dodd, Director

Mike Dodd, Partner, joined Austin Ventures in 2008 and focuses on early and expansion-stage software and web-enabled business and consumer services. Most recently, Mike was SVP of Corporate Development with Omniture, Inc., a publicly traded analytics and online business optimization software company that was acquired by Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) for $1.8B. During his tenure, which began prior to Omniture’s IPO, Mike led the identification, acquisition, and integration efforts around Omniture’s acquisition of two domestic and two international companies which totaled approximately $500 million in consideration. Prior to Omniture, Mike was Senior Vice President and General Manager at Ancestry.com (NASDAQ: ACOM), a consumer online content subscription business. He was also a Partner with Europatweb, a venture capital firm where he worked with companies such as Liquidity Services Inc (NASDAQ: LQDT) and Ancestry.com, and a technology investment banker with Robertson Stephens in San Francisco.

Mike received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in finance from Syracuse University. [TOP]


Mark Grovic, Director

Mark co-founded New Markets Venture Partners in 2003 and is a General Partner. Mark serves or has served on the Board of Directors for Innovative Biosensors, Lightningcast (sold to NYSE: TWX), Moodlerooms and Workspace.com. Mark also serves as a board observer for Aldagen, Andera, BioSET, Overture Technologies, Paratek Microwave, Questar Assessment, and Vision Chain.

Mark has been investing in high growth companies since 1992. Prior to New Markets, Mark was a Portfolio Manager for the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), a $200 million managed emerging market venture capital company, a Director of Estonia-based Baltic Small Equity Fund, a Co-Founder and Principal of the Templeton Emerging Europe Fund, as Principal of Templeton Direct Advisors, and a Portfolio Manager of Private Equities at the Calvert Group.

Mark is a VC in Residence and Professor of Venture Capital and Ethics at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (UMD). He has 10 years experience in higher education as an instructor and advisor to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, serves on numerous technology transfer, incubator, and entrepreneurship committees in the mid-Atlantic, and has twice earned awards for his instruction at UMD and at Howard University. Mark is also a Board Director of the Baltimore Chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Emerson Preparatory High School in Washington, D.C.

Mark graduated with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in Political Economies and received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University, where his focus was in international, tax, and corporate law. Mark has also completed graduate work in accounting and finance at the George Washington University and Pace University. Mark is married with two children. [TOP]


Anthony E. Meyer, Co-Founder and Director

In addition to his work at The American Academy, Tony is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of privately-held Meyer and Co. LLC, a diversified merchant banking firm based in New York City with interests in “entrepreneuring” and venture capital, real estate and “family office” management. He also serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Road Advisors, Inc. a family office management and investment company for several leading New York City-based families, which manages a portfolio in excess of $750 million invested on behalf of numerous client entities in a broad range of investment strategies, including public and private equities, hedge funds, real estate, and venture capital.

Tony has extensive experience and relationships in the real estate, finance, venture capital, healthcare, education and media sectors. He was a co-founder of the real estate, private equity and venture capital investment affiliates of two leading global investment and finance organizations, Lazard Frères & Co. (in 1994) and Trammell Crow Company (in 1984).

In 2004, Tony founded Extend Health, Inc., now a subsidiary of publicly-traded benefits consultant, Towers Watson, and the leading provider and manager of defined contribution health care programs for Corporate America. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with all core operational staff and facilities based in Salt Lake City, the Company now operates the nation's largest Medicare Insurance Exchange on behalf of clients such as General Motors, Wal*Mart and Ford Motor Company.

Tony has lectured in real estate, finance and entrepreneurship at Stanford University, New York University and Southern Methodist University and is a past Chairman of the Board of Literacy Instruction for Texas (L.I.F.T.). He is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization of the United Jewish Appeal and The Educational Alliance and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York and on the Board of Governors of Dr. Mehmet Oz' HEALTHCORPS. Anthony is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of World of Children, an international advocacy organization whose mission is to honor, illuminate and inspire action on behalf of children worldwide.

Tony graduated from Harvard College in 1982 as a John Harvard Scholar and received his MBA from Harvard Business School with honors in 1984. [TOP]


Scott Petty, Director

Scott co-founded Signal Peak Ventures (FKA vSpring Capital) in 2000 and has been a Managing Director since its formation. Prior to Signal Peak Ventures, Scott was COO and a Board Director of Zuka Juice, a retail organization selling nutritional products. Under Scott's leadership, Zuka Juice grew from its first store to 96 retail units and over 400 employees. Zuka Juice was acquired by Jamba Juice (NASDAQ:JMBA), a venture backed competitor. Before Zuka, as a consultant with Bain & Company for seven years, Scott worked with multiple IT and non-IT companies, re-engineering their strategies for optimum results.

Scott is a member of the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Lassonde New Venture Development Center at the University of Utah. In addition Scott is a past member of the National Directors Council at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Scott received a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. Some of the investments Scott has led at Signal Peak Ventures include comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR), Infusionsoft, Alianza, Control4 (NASDAQ:CTRL), eXperticity, Cerberian (acquired by Blue Coat Systems), MediConnect (acquired by Verisk Analytics, NASDAQ:VRSK), PublicEngines, Radiate Media, and FamilyLink (acquired by MyHeritage). [TOP]

About Our Investors


New Markets Venture Partners, Investor
New Markets Venture Partners is a leading early stage venture capital firm that invests in and actively assists innovative information technology, business services, and education companies. The New Markets Team has decades of experience investing in and building high growth companies, and benefits from the wisdom, tenacity, and vision of founders of a highly successful public company and one of the U.S.'s premier venture firms. Our team has proprietary relationships with centers of innovation, and particular domain expertise around technology and education. We pride ourselves as being entrepreneur friendly, and we work to add value before, during and after the investment process. Visit newmarketsvp.com for more information.[TOP]
Austin Ventures, Investor
Austin Ventures ("AV") has worked with talented entrepreneurs to build valuable companies for over 25 years. With $3.9 billion under management, AV is the most active venture capital and growth equity firm in Texas and one of the most established in the nation. With an investment focus on business services and supply chain, financial services, new media, Internet, and information services, AV invests at all stages of company development, from $100,000 in "planned experiments" in early-stage ideas to $100+ million investments in expansion rounds and recapitalizations. AV’s strategy is to partner with talented executives and entrepreneurs through its CEO-in-Residence and Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs. Visit austinventures.com for more information.[TOP]
Signal Peak Ventures, Investor
Signal Peak Ventures is a traditional early-stage venture capital firm with over $400 million of committed capital under management. Collectively, the Signal Peak Ventures team has founded, served as senior officers or board members of over 75 companies. Combined, the directors have a history of successful company leadership and private equity investments that span over 60 years. [TOP]

About The American Academy Online High School

The American Academy, Inc. (TAA) was established in 2007 with the vision to become the leading online educational services partner to public high schools throughout the U.S.

In addition to providing online and alternative educational services to high schools, TAA operates an accredited, private, online high school (The American Academy) that serves high school age and adult students worldwide who want to supplement their high school education and/or earn a full high school diploma.

Through its unique School-as-a-Service™ platform, The American Academy gives:

Our company is based on the principles of social entrepreneurship. We are changing the face of American education by delivering an educational experience designed to meet the individual needs of each student. TAA offers educational solutions ranging from individual courses for credit recovery and acceleration to a full diploma program. Students can begin their courses virtually any time and can work during the days and times that are most convenient for them. All core courses are led by state-licensed teachers and the school is accredited by AdvancED.

Financial partners of The American Academy include Austin Ventures, Signal Peak Ventures and New Markets Venture Partners.