Braintree Group

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Braintree Group began in 2006. With new developments and opportunities came great ideas. Please see our growth and history as you scroll down our page.

2006: Athlos Academies Beginning

Founders Jason Kotter & Ryan Van Alfen start Charter School Fund in 2006 intent on helping charters secure financing to build and improve facilities.

Image of the Braintree group founders standing in front of Athlos school
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2008: First Charter Application

Submitted first charter application to the Meridian School District for a Student Athlete Academy in Ada County

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2010: Athletic Movement Program Created

Athlos Academies creates an athletic movement program and tests it in a charter school in Chandler, Arizona. The program is also used as a vehicle to develop performance character traits in students.

Athlos student participating in the athletic program at the school gym
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2011: Development of the Athlos Model

Athlos Academies began significant relationships with multiple charter organizations in Texas, leading to partnering in implementing aspects of the Athlos model.

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2012: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Began charter relationships in Minnesota which lead to a charter school opening for 2014-2015 school year.

The founders cutting a ribbon in front of an the Brooklyn Park Athlos School
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Wide view of an Athlos school under construction

2013-16: 15 New School Facility Partnerships

Delivered 15 school facilities with more than 1,000,000 square feet of space for significant partners.

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2016: First Fully-Managed Schools

Continued charter school growth into the Utah and Minnesota markets.

Hundreds of Athlos students sitting together in a finished Athlos gym.
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2017: Real Estate Development Opportunities

Assists significant partners in a $400 million bond closing, the largest single-year transaction in charter school history. Realizing opportunities for growth in the real estate development market, Braintree Group moves into the multi-family and storage development sectors.

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2018: Hotel Management Acquisition

A new hotel management company is acquired by founders, continuing growth in real estate development and diversifying portfolio.

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2018: Athlos Products and Services

Five education products are developed as standalone services and brought to market to schools nationwide.

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2018: Continued Growth & Organization Expansion

Continued charter school growth into Louisiana market.

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2019: Braintree Group – A Portfolio of Companies

A company reorganization takes place to recognize four separate business entities: Athlos Academies, Athlos Products and Services, Braintree Properties, and Braintree Hospitality. Each of these entities falls under the umbrella of parent company, Braintree Group, which supports each entity and management of finance, legal, human resources, and marketing.