Our mission

To prepare kids to thrive in our rapidly changing world.

Prisma is a Connected Learning Network that aims to bring joy to learning today and prepare millions of kids to thrive in the world of tomorrow

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. 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 rethink education from the ground up, 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 okay. But then we heard about older children who hated school; who struggled with anxiety, 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 Connected Learning Network dedicated to preparing millions of kids for life and work in the 21st century.
A Connected 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.

Learn more about Prisma

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
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 'Prisma?'

If you hit a prism with light at exactly the right angle, it makes a rainbow. We believe that, like a prism, every child is multidimensional and has the ability to shine. But just as it takes the right environment for a prism to create a rainbow, it takes the right learning environment for a child to show their true abilities. This is why we named our company Prisma (aside from the fact that we think it sounds cool).

Who founded Prisma?

Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuard founded Prisma in 2020. Victoria & Alain are impact-driven serial entrepreneurs who spent most of their careers in technology. Like so many parents, their worldview changed upon the birth of their three children. Suddenly the world’s challenges and the rapidly changing future felt urgent and personal. This was the beginning of their quest to completely reimagine school.

They assembled a dynamic founding curriculum and coaching team (you can read more about us here) with deep experience in education—from former school founders & principals to Harvard education researchers to Teacher of the Year award winners. Their vision is at the foundation of our program structure, curriculum, and coaching philosophy. One of those founding team members, Kristen Shroff, is now Prisma's CEO.

"We founded Prisma because we wanted a future-focused, flexible school that our three children would love. We could never have imagined the joy and confidence that Prisma would bring to so many children and the lifelong friendships that would be formed."
I want to work at Prisma!

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

Who creates the Prisma curriculum?

Unlike most schools, Prisma does not expect its teachers to also serve as curriculum developers. Our learning coaches focus on building bonds with kids, giving them feedback on their work, and building community.

Our project-based curriculum is built by a team of innovative, experienced designers. They've brought to Prisma a range of experiences creating cutting-edge curriculum for organizations like the George Lucas Foundation, Sesame Workshop, Scratch, and the Woodland Park Zoo. Our team has expertise in all subjects from literacy to math to coding to art, and they're laser-focused on designing projects, workshops, and missions that are "hard fun." 

Each piece of curriculum your learner experiences goes through multiple rounds of edits, and aligns to our own learning framework that includes our own competencies as well as key standards from Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and more. We also ask kids what they think about the curriculum, and use their ideas to improve our work!

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