Our mission is to prepare kids to thrive in our rapidly changing world

Prisma is a new category in education; a locally-rooted, globally connected co-learning network that aims to give millions of kids a better future, starting today.

Our purpose

It’s often said that if a person were to time travel from a hundred years ago to today almost everything about our world would be unrecognizable except our schools, which would look largely the same. Isn’t that crazy? That the system we entrust to prepare young people for meaningful lives and which is the very foundation of our ability to solve future world challenges has hardly changed in the past one hundred years? The world is changing faster than ever before, and the future is one we can hardly begin to imagine, and yet our education system is stuck in neutral. For the sake of our young people who are expected to thrive in this uncertain future and for the sake of our world, which faces challenges and opportunities like never before, we must completely and thoroughly rethink education, and we must do it now. This is Prisma’s purpose.

Our story

We, the founders, are repeat entrepreneurs who’ve spent most of our careers in technology. Like so many parents, our worldview changed upon the birth of our three children. Suddenly the world’s challenges and our rapidly changing future felt very urgent and very personal. How, we wondered, could we prepare our children to thrive in a tumultuous, ever-changing world where we can’t even begin to imagine the careers that will exist? We saw our young children’s passion for learning, joy for life, and supreme confidence and felt sure they’d be ok. But then we heard about older children who hated school, who struggled with anxiety or depression or bullying, who were shells of their former happy selves. Might this one day be our kids? This was the beginning of our quest to completely reimagine school. Prisma is for our children, and hopefully for yours too.

Our vision

Our vision is to create the world’s most effective and inclusive K-12 co-learning network dedicated to preparing millions of kids for life and work in the 21st century.
A co-learning network is a new category in K-12 education. It consists of a small cohort of diverse kids learning virtually together with the support and guidance of dedicated Learning coaches and a network of these cohorts spread around the world where learners can make friendships, collaborate and share ideas. Our vision is that learners get the best of both worlds: the intimacy and support of a “one-room schoolhouse” (the cohort) and the breadth, diversity and global perspective of the world’s largest kid-focused learning community (the network).

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Our team & culture
We’re a small but mighty team of educators, entrepreneurs and global citizens. Collectively, we’ve started a successful charter school from the ground up, homeschooled our children, reimagined learning at the Harvard Creative Computing Lab, pursued moon shots at Google and built successful technology startups.
Open roles
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We are a fully distributed team spread across the globe and are looking for passionate and ambitious people to join our rapidly growing company. We offer competitive compensation, flexibility, a healthy work-life balance, and, most importantly, meaning and purpose in your work. Be part of our mission!

Frequently asked questions

Why did you start Prisma?
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Victoria and Alain, founders of Prisma, are serial entrepreneurs who’ve spent most of their careers in technology. Like so many parents, our worldview changed upon the birth of our three children. Suddenly the world’s challenges and the rapidly changing future felt very urgent and very personal. How, we wondered, could we prepare our young children to thrive in a tumultuous, ever-changing world where we can’t even begin to imagine the careers that will exist? We saw our young children’s passion for learning, joy for life, and supreme confidence and felt sure they’d be ok. But then we heard about older children who hate school, who struggle with anxiety, depression, or bullying, who hardly resemble their former happy selves. Might this one day be our kids? This was the beginning of our quest to completely reimagine school. Prisma is for our children and, hopefully, for yours too.

I want to work at Prisma!
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We are looking for gutsy, humble, can-do, driven team players to join us. Have a look at our hiring needs.

Where is Prisma located?
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We have chosen to enjoy the flexibility of our digitally interconnected world by not having a physical location. Our fully dispersed team is located all over the US and internationally. For record-keeping purposes, we are headquartered in California, USA.

What countries does Prisma operate in?
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Prisma is currently focused on the United States. As we grow, we plan to offer our model internationally. If you are located outside of the US and can operate within US time zones, we are presently able to consider you for Prisma membership! If you are located in another international area and would like to join Prisma, please complete this brief survey to express interest so that we may start to think about launching a cohort in your area or let you know about initiatives in your area that are already underway. Since each nation has different requirements for homeschooling, our ability to create a Prisma cohort in your area may be affected by homeschooling regulations where you live.

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