Fusion Education, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based operator of private middle and high schools that offer individualized education, received an investment from Leeds Equity Partners, LLC, a New York-based private equity firm focused on investing in the Knowledge Industries.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
Led by President and CEO Peter Ruppert, Fusion Education Group operates 43 schools in in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia and Washington DC, through a personalized education model educating more than 4,000 students in grades 6 through 12.
The first academy opened in 1989 in Solana Beach, California with a personalized educational model. Classes at Fusion are delivered by one teacher to one student through mastery-based learning, which enables each session to be customized to specific learning style and speed of content absorption.
The Fusion approach to learning is effective for all students, however, it is used most frequently by students who have not achieved their full potential at their prior schools due to, among other factors, challenges with whole group instruction stemming from anxiety, depression, ADHD or different learning styles. The company’s schools also serve students with non-traditional daily schedules, such as elite athletes and entertainers.
Leeds Equity invested out of Leeds Equity Partners VI, LP.