Are you a real estate investor?

Higher Ground builds value for our real estate partners through creative leasing, development and operational capabilities to be the best-in-class child-care operator while achieving premium risk weighted returns for our partners.

Who We Are

We are the largest private operator of Montessori Schools in the US

Higher Ground Education (HGE) offers high agency, accredited schooling from infancy through adolescence with  Guidepost Montessori (6 weeks through Elementary) and Academy of Thought & Industry ( Middle and High School) brands.

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Our Current Footprint




Open Schools in

North America

Brick and Mortar

school locations


School growth

rate per year

We have a development pipeline of $1 billion over the next 5 years.

Our Value  Proposition


We Provide Long Term Recurring Income. 

HGE provides landlord’s stable cash flows with a long-term (15+ year) triple net lease with no termination clauses.​


Above Market Returns.

Our partners share in the investment and value creation of our schools as a direct result of HGE’s strong execution capabilities and operational management.


We Are Active.

HGE’s team can place capital quickly into active projects. We partner with best-in-class real estate development partners to identify potential sites. Our well seasoned real estate team will complete market analysis and due diligence.​

Our Partnership Structure

We are interested in evaluating a variety of potential sites, including mixed use, and existing developments, as well as HGE developed or turnkey options at an average deal size of $3 to $10 million.

Our Partners  provide capital  and deliver turnkey developments to achieve above market returns.

Our Partners provide capital for standalone bricks & mortar opportunities. 

You take over

We develop

Option 1: You Take Over

Partner Turnkey Delivery Process​



Once we agree on the site and concept plan alongside our real estate partners​

Our partners will perform the full build out of the space.​

We have 50+ new school/ U.S pipeline locations





Schools Completed &

North America

Projects Completed  Under Budget

Schools Opened 

on Time 

We deliver premium environments and the attention we give to creating beautiful environments is driven by the unique opportunity to modernize and mainstream the international Montessori movement; to make Montessori education accessible to children and families, no matter where they are!

Option 2: We Develop

Our Process

We have a 30+ person real estate team with a deep bench of real estate operations talent enabling rapid scaling of HGE’s bricks & mortar school footprint, with expertise in sites selection, diligence, construction, development and school set up.​








Source site

School Open/Operations

Feasibility Test

Negotiations & Site Control

Site DD & Closing

Permits, Construction & Licensing

Real Estate Partnership

Site Requirements

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Baseline Facility Requirements​

  • We are flexible and creative in our designs and can adjust to suit smaller or larger spaces.​
  • Approximate building size: 10,000 sf (will consider range of 5,000 to 15,000 sf)​
  • Lease or purchase opportunities​
  • Urban or Suburban locations​
  • Playground area: approximately 1:1 with size of rentable building area, subject to location
  •  requirements / waivers​
  • Parking: approx. 2 stalls per 1,000 s.f.​
  • 3-mile demographics: $90,000+ median household income, 20,000+ households, Median age 33-42 Most

Baseline Facility Requirements​

  • Approximate building area: 5,000 – 10,000 s.f 
  • Vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods with proximity to internship opportunities and access to mass transit
  • Outdoor space is welcome, but not a requirement ​
  • Lease or purchase opportunities​
  • Urban or Suburban locations​
  • Access to green-space can be accommodated with proximity to, nearby parks, rooftop space, etc.​
  • 3-mile demographics: $90,000+ median household income, 20,000+ households, Median age 33-42

Ready to take the first step?

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Our Portfolio

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Academy of Thought & Industry

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