Primary & Secondary Education

What we do

We work with institutions of all types—including school districts and charter schools, organizations focused on supporting students with in-school and after school services, and education reform organizations focused on human capital and advocacy.

Bain partners with these organizations to develop strategies and business plans, structure the organization for success, nurture donor relationships, and attract and retain talent, working alongside our clients toward the shared goal of accelerating student achievement.

Citizen Schools, one of our many education and nonprofit clients, successfully expanded the learning day for children in low income communities as a result of our pro bono partnership.


Client examples
We share our clients' ambitions. We work to understand their reality and deliver true results—focusing on strategic decisions and practical actions. And we align our incentives with our clients’ objectives, so they know we’re in it together. The client stories below are just a few examples of how we've helped organizations realize, and often exceed, their goals.

Client example: StudentsFirst

Successful launch and ongoing support for education reform organization

Bain helped develop the strategy and business plan for launching StudentsFirst, an organization founded by Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools. StudentsFirst is leading a national grassroots movement to advocate for common sense reforms that accelerate student achievement, and Bain has committed to an ongoing partnership with them.

Client example: Education Nonprofit

Repeat results for a national nonprofit dedicated to eliminating educational inequity

Bain initially helped to increase efficiency by identifying around $3 million in annual cost savings that would reduce costs without undermining the impact of the organization. We then further partnered with them to develop a strategy and operational plan to accelerate progress of their alumni into high impact educational leadership roles.

Client example: KIPP Bay Area Schools

Extensive partnership bolsters regional charter schools

Our San Francisco office has established a multi-faceted partnership with KIPP Bay Area Schools—including case work, volunteering, fundraising and office education—through which we helped develop their ten-year growth and fundraising strategy.