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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
3 - 8
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?

At first the local teachers were quite challenged by Matchbook Learning and its blended model. They struggled for the initial three months. By month four, however, their perseverance and commitment to the blended design paid off and perspective had changed as the positive effects of the program began to take root.

Blended Subjects

English Language Arts

Program Focus


School Overview

In the summer of 2011, Detroit City School District engaged Matchbook Learning, LLC to lead a turnaround effort for the struggling A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School. Matchbook Learning is a start-up turnaround firm that specializes in helping the bottom five percent of schools in America become excellent schools, in part by leveraging the potential of blended learning. Matchbook Learning does not seek to run schools in perpetuity as charter schools do or to replace 100 percent of the local teaching staff with its own staff, as independent schools often do. Instead, it turns back the school to the school district to run using the new blended-learning design at the conclusion of the turnaround contract.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Sajan George

Contact Title: Founder and CEO, Matchbook Learning

A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School
8950 Crane St
Detroit, Michigan
United States

Telephone: (313)-866-5644

A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School's Website


Total Students

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

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Blended Program Launched 2011