ParentSquare Acquires Remind, Expanding Options for School-Home Engagement

The merger will help K12 districts increase student success through expanded communications for educators, students and families

ParentSquare, the award-winning unified school-home engagement platform for K12 education, has acquired Remind, a popular platform for communication and learning.

The merger will expand ParentSquare’s current offerings with additional communication tools that reach students and families where they are and support learning wherever it happens. Millions of educators, students, parents and caregivers utilize the Remind platform to connect with the people and resources that help them teach and learn. The Remind platform is used in over 80% of public schools and by 60% of teachers in the United States.

The combined company will be known as ParentSquare, and its core business will continue to be school-home communications. ParentSquare will merge the two companies’ leadership, teams and communications platforms, preserving the best features from both sets of products and giving customers the option of adopting additional features. Remind products will keep their names.

“Remind has a very strong following with teachers, and ParentSquare has a strong unified platform for districts and the full school community,” ParentSquare President and Founder Anupama Vaid said. “Together, we can advance both companies’ mission of increasing student success through improved communications and achieve more together than we could have individually.”

Remind Chat, Remind’s two-way text messaging for the classroom, will continue to be available free of charge. The app allows teachers to easily connect with students and families in their preferred language, all while keeping their personal phone number private.

In addition, Remind Hub, Remind’s paid communications platform for schools and districts, will remain available to existing customers. Remind Tutoring will be discontinued so that the newly-combined company can focus solely on family and community engagement through communication.

“Strong relationships are at the heart of student success — and communication is an essential part of that,” Remind CEO Quenton Cook said. “By focusing on communication and our combined strengths, we will be even more effective champions for teachers, parents and the broader school community.”

The acquisition closed in November. ParentSquare received legal advice from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Remind received legal advice from Gunderson Dettmer LLP and financial advice from Macquarie Capital. Financial details of the merger were not released.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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