Illuminate Education Acquires SchoolCity, IO Education and Alpine Achievement

July 6, 2018

Willkie represented Illuminate Education and Insight Venture Partners in the multi-party merger.

On June 22, Illuminate Education completed its acquisitions of SchoolCity, Inc. and DataCation, LLC (d/b/a IO Education), as well as its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Alpine Achievement Systems, Inc.

Illuminate Education is a leading provider of K-12 software and services. Its solutions are designed to maximize instructional time, streamline educator tasks and support data-driven decision-making. Illuminate’s award-winning Education Intelligence Platform consists of a product suite featuring data, analytics, assessments and reporting. Illuminate serves more than 1,600 school districts and over 7 million students.

IO Education’s award-winning solutions are used in all 50 states by over 7,500 schools and 120,000 educators, supporting instruction for over 6,000,000 students. SchoolCity, Inc. is a provider of personalized learning solutions to the K-12 assessment platform industry. Its assessment platform, SchoolCity® SUITE is used by more than 140 districts across 16 states and utilized by nearly 2 million students. Alpine Achievement has been supporting school and district administrators and teachers since 2001 with data analysis and reporting combined with individual student plans for RTI, Early Literacy, Gifted, English Language Learners and others.

Willkie client Insight Venture Partners is the majority owner of Illuminate Education. Insight Venture Partners is a leading global private equity and venture capital firm that has raised more than $18 billion and invested in more than 300 growth-stage software, internet and data services companies.

The Willkie deal team was led by partners Gordon Caplan, Morgan Elwyn and Robert Rizzo and included associates Sarah Wong and Richard Hevier.