It’s a seriously smart way of optimizing education. Former Google executive Max Ventilla is using research and development to create a school program that adapts to the needs of each individual child. AltSchool has two missions: grow a network of excellent elementary schools that return to the single-room schoolhouse style of education and use the schools as labs to learn and improve the model. With a staff made up of half former Google engineers, and the rest educators, AltSchool opened its first school in San Francisco this past September. Read more about its innovative teaching methods.