FINANCING

We recognize that improving educational outcomes requires more than just money, it requires new approaches. The mission of ACE is to make a bigger impact by expanding and improving educational opportunities in local communities. We are focused on finding SOLUTIONS. Money is not the only solution, but it is a key ingredient for successful schools. In an era of tight government budgets, our job is to help schools raise low cost capital to build and grow their facilities, refinance debt to lower costs, or provide initial operating capital if needed.

ACE relies on both its own internal capital as well as a network of external capital sources to provide financing to schools at all stages, whether at launch, to lease facilities, to buy facilities, or to refinance existing obligations. School financing is not well-understood by traditional lenders, and therefore we can help schools lower their cost of financing by connecting them to pools of capital that support and better understand the cash flows and risks. Charter school financing has too often come with excessively high rates, or strict limitations, and often both. ACE and its principals have placed more than $150 million in debt for charter schools over the last three years, and provided or committed over $5 million in its own capital over the past year, to help alleviate these issues. We also help structure the financing so that schools maintain maximum flexibility, so they have the choice to buy the property outright over time as the school grows and stabilizes, or lease it on a permanent basis.

CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
In addition to low cost capital, schools need a development partner that understands the specific needs and budgets of schools. We provide a high quality facility, which helps you have a better school. We enable access to real estate and facility funding options that ensure your dollars are well spent and will provide the highest educational payoff. Schools can often reduce costs by acquiring an existing building. We help schools renovate existing structures if most cost-effective, or we can build new structures that provide maximum flexibility in terms of design and cost. Through our insight and innovation, we are able to help a school make every space count and be fully optimized, often for more than one purpose.

With charter schools, site location is critical because the school must attract students and families, and convenience matters. Every dollar saved in development is another dollar to use in the classroom. The building plan also needs to reflect the specific teaching style and curriculum focus. Charter schools are often successful because they offer unique teaching methods or curriculums that don’t conform to traditional classroom configurations. We work with engineers, architects, and builders who have a history of building educational facilities that fit schools of different size, budget, and focus. Since time frames for opening are often short, we coordinate with local development partners that can efficiently navigate the local permitting process.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING
Coordination or structuring of sale or disposition of appreciated assets of specialty properties for the purpose of generating financial support of educational or community based service organizations. For example, raffling of collectible automobiles and marketing of unique properties (real and personal) for discreet counter-parties.