School Specialty is a leading distributor of supplies, furniture, technology products, supplemental learning products (“instructional solutions”) and curriculum solutions to the education marketplace. The Company provides educators with its own innovative and proprietary products and services, from basic school supplies to 21st century classroom designs to Science, Reading, Language and Math teaching materials, as well as planning and development tools. Through its nationwide distribution network, School Specialty provides its customers with access to a broad spectrum of other trusted, third-party brands across its business segments. This assortment strategy enables the Company to offer customers a range of products at the state, district and school levels. Primarily serving the preK-12th grade market, the Company has recently expanded its presence in non-traditional channels, such as e-commerce and retail. School Specialty offers its products through two operating groups: Distribution (formerly referred to as “Educational Resources”) and Curriculum (formerly referred to as “Accelerated Learning”).
The Distribution Segment provides a wide assortment of products, solutions and services to the education marketplace, primarily servicing the preK-2 market, as well as new e-commerce and retail channels. Products include a comprehensive line of everyday consumables, specialized supplies, indoor and outdoor furniture and equipment, technology products, instructional teaching materials, and planning and student development products, among others. Distribution products are sold via a nationwide sales force and distribution network, with reach to the majority of schools throughout the United States. Distribution products include both proprietary and branded products and other national brands. Among the segment’s well-known proprietary brands are Childcraft®, Sax® Arts & Crafts, Califone®, Premier Agendas™, Classroom Select®, Sportime®, Abilitations® , Hammond & Stephens™, Brodhead Garrett®, School Smart®, and Projects by Design®. Distribution products and services accounted for approximately 74% of our revenues for fiscal 2014.
The Curriculum Segment is a preK-12 curriculum-based publisher of proprietary and non-proprietary products and services, supporting learning and student development in Science, Math, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Spelling and Grammar, and both Reading and Math intervention. Products are typically sold to teachers, curriculum specialists and other educators with direct responsibility for advancing student outcomes. The Curriculum segment develops standards-based curriculum products, supplemental curriculum materials, instructional programs and student assessment tools. Offerings are both comprehensive and targeted to address specific learning needs, drive improved student performance, engage learners and accelerate the learning process. A team of almost 40 product development associates create and work with an impressive stable of outside developers, authors, co-publishing strategic partners and consultants, to develop educational products and solutions that satisfy curriculum standards and improve classroom teaching effectiveness. Our Curriculum segment product lines include Delta Education®, FOSS®, CPO ScienceTM, Frey Scientific®,Educator’s Publishing Service®, Academy of Reading®,Academy of Math®Wordly Wise 3000®, Explode the Code®,ThinkMathTM, Making Connections®, S.P.I.R.E.® and EPS® E.P.I.C.TM. Our Curriculum products accounted for approximately 26% of our revenues in fiscal 2014.