Weld North Education, which is backed by Silver Lake, has agreed to acquire Rock Rapids, Iowa-based Glynlyon Inc, a digital curriculum company. No financial terms were disclosed. Glynlyon Inc is a portfolio company of Linsalata Capital Partners. Macquarie Capital Inc was financial adviser to Glynlyon on the transaction.
New York, February 6, 2019 – Weld North Education (“WNE”), a leading pre-K–12 digital curriculum company focused on unlocking the power of technology for learning, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Glynlyon, Inc., a portfolio company of Linsalata Capital Partners. Glynlyon is a world-class digital curriculum company serving more than 1 million students in the institutional and consumer education markets. Glynlyon operates two highly valued brands: Odysseyware, which serves the K–12 schools across the United States with innovative online learning solutions, and AOP, an award-winning leading homeschool curriculum provider. Glynlyon, and its businesses, will join Weld North Education’s portfolio of existing digital education companies, Edgenuity and Imagine Learning. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019 subject to regulatory approval.
“Weld North Education’s goal is to acquire and build the best digital curriculum company in the world. Through our partnership with Silver Lake, we have expanded and enlarged our commitment and belief that students, teachers, parents and the administrators who serve them will be better equipped to achieve their learning and educational goals by harnessing the adaptive power of digital curriculum and technology with its ability to provide continuous feedback. We know that by putting the best and most engaging digital products in the hands of teachers, we can offer students education solutions that create a world of possibilities,” stated Jonathan Grayer, CEO of Weld North Education.
Mr. Grayer continued, “Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to achieving these goals. I am very excited to welcome the first-class team at Glynlyon to the Weld North Education family of companies. Glynlyon is a recognized innovator and market leader operating at the intersection of learning and technology. We know categorically that digital learning is a meaningful and powerful tool in generating positive outcomes for students. Taken together with Edgenuity, Imagine Learning – and now Glynlyon – Weld North Education serves nearly 6 million students within thousands of schools and districts across the country. We are poised to grow and expand our relationships across the teaching day as we enable traditional learning to benefit our students and families.”
According to Weld North Education, Glynlyon will continue to serve its diverse customer base without disruption. Glynlyon’s current suite of product offerings will continue to be offered and supported.
Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity, said, “With the acquisition of Glynlyon, we will expand the variety of curriculum solutions to appeal to a broader range of market needs and preferences. Like us, Glynlyon has put a premium on bringing quality digital resources into the classroom. We are excited to welcome the talented Glynlyon team.”
Matthew Given, President and CEO of Glynlyon, said, “We are delighted to join Weld North Education and its portfolio of digital curriculum companies, and believe that it is the perfect home for us. We have seen the power of online learning in the school districts that we serve and believe strongly in the transformative power of digital education. We want to thank our talented team at Glynlyon and are committed to business as usual as we focus on the right solution set for our customers.”
Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel to Weld North Education. Macquarie Capital Inc. acted as Glynlyon’s exclusive financial advisor and Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP acted as legal counsel in connection with the transaction.
About Weld North Education
Weld North Education, in partnership with Silver Lake, is a leading digital education technology company focused on developing digital curriculum and tools for pre-K–12 students. The Company is built around two underlying businesses, Edgenuity and Imagine Learning. Edgenuity is a leading digital courseware provider focused on providing online curricula and intervention solutions. Imagine Learning is a leading digital supplemental solutions provider focused on addressing language, literacy and math. Read more about Weld North at www.weldnorth.com.
Glynlyon is on the cutting edge of innovation for education technology – empowering students, school districts and families use of technology to learn, teach and share at home, school and in life. First to market with solutions that address the challenges faced by its customers, Glynlyon offers self-paced, student-centered curriculum that enhances the capacity for districts to blend learning and empowers teachers to create lessons from a standards-aligned curriculum. Glynlyon operates two highly valued brands: Odysseyware, which serves the K–12 schools across the United States with innovative online learning solutions and AOP, an award-winning leading homeschool curriculum provider. Glynlyon offers industry-leading support to its customers through custom implementation and training plans and direct instructional support for parents and students. For more about Glynlyon, please visit www.glynlyon.com.
Edgenuity is a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K–12 market. Nationwide, Edgenuity is in use by more than 20,000 schools, including 20 of the 25 largest school districts, to meet academic goals and improve student outcomes. We offer initial credit courses, honors and Advanced Placement courses, credit recovery, intervention and test readiness. These solutions, in addition to Edgenuity’s instructional services and professional development offerings, help students, educators and districts achieve success in their online and blended learning programs. For more information, visit www.edgenuity.com.
About Imagine Learning
Imagine Learning delivers award-winning language, literacy and mathematics solutions for pre-K–12 students, revolutionizing the way kids learn. Students and teachers love Imagine Language & Literacy, Imagine Math, Imagine Math Facts, and Imagine Español because they are research- and evidence-based, data driven, instructionally differentiated and incredibly fun to use. After more than a decade of growth and continuous improved student outcomes, Imagine Learning has established itself as a leader in the digital education arena. The Imagine Learning family is dedicated to changing lives and opening doors of opportunity for kids. To learn more about Imagine Learning, visit www.imaginelearning.com.