Higher Ground Education

Higher Ground is an organization dedicated to mainstreaming and modernizing Montessori education.

HG's mission is to mainstream Montessori education, by developing a scalable, full-stack platform for Montessori school programming and operations, and deploying it to build out a large international school network.

Higher Ground was founded in 2016 by Ray Girn. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, California.


Higher Ground operates Guidepost Montessori, the largest growing network of Montessori schools with over 80 locations across the US and China. It has grown into an omni-channel business offering in-person, at-home, and virtual learning options.


Higher Ground has opened over 80 locations across the US and Asia, and at-home and virtual learning programs across the globe, serving more than 7,000 students worldwide.


HG has acquired FreshGrade, a digital portfolio and communication tool that gives parents and teachers a truly transparent view of student progress. It captures learning in any form — be it video, audio, tests or quizzes — and delivers it in a newsfeed format familiar to young students.


Higher Ground is backed by Learn Capital, Venn Growth Partners, Peak State Ventures and others. Thee company raised $50M in Series C round on Apr 08, 2021. This brings Higher Ground's total funding to $70M to date.



  • Year founded: 2016
  • Funding Info: $70M over 3 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series C)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 201-500
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Lake Forest
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
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