Learning Circle Success Story


United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (UWABC) was challenged by United Way Worldwide to better serve the middle school students in their district. To accomplish this task an early warning system would need to be designed for local school systems and community partners to work together.

The goal was to quickly identify at-risk students and supply them with the right intervention at the right time. The solution also needed to meet two key conditions:

  1. Abide by FERPA to ensure student educational records are protected
  2. Transform data generated by schools into actionable information for educators

The solution must help users save time, not waste it. As a non-profit, it is important to coordinate efforts within the classrooms and demonstrate results.


During a 6-month period of reviewing 15 diverse solutions, three lead organizations (ACS, BCS, UWABC) ultimately partnered with Learning Circle to assist them in reaching their goals.

Multiple applications are great at delivering niche features but lack the capability to connect school systems to community partners. This is what makes Learning Circle the perfect solution.

Today, in partnership with the leadership of United Way, Learning Circle impacts more than 5,200 students in nine middle grade schools and two districts while collaborating with 12 community organizations.

With Learning Circle, communication between schools, family members, and community partners is seamless. Real-time data is shared between the schools and community partners so that each student is always supported.


  • Teachers, counselors, and family members can quickly provide students the assistance they need
  • Schools and community-based partners can leverage FERPA compliant tools
  • Community partners have access to reports, which display their success with student participation