Primary & Secondary Education


Our education work is focused on five subsectors:

  • Human capital: Organizations that recruit, train, develop and support highly effective teachers, school leaders and education reform champions.
  • Reform-minded school systems: Government-run school systems that are proactively implementing student-centric reforms.
  • Alternative school models: High-quality alternative school networks that support traditionally underserved populations and focus on improving student outcomes.
  • Child and youth outreach: Organizations that serve high-risk children and youth, improving the chances of future success.
  • Education technology: Organizations that create, spread and support high-quality instructional tools and models, using technology to improve student learning and outcomes.

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Client examples

KIPP Bain has partnered with KIPP Foundation and 10+ KIPP regions since 2010 to help triple the number of students served by the US’s largest charter network and improve student outcomes—further boosting college graduation rates, already 4X the national average for low-income students.

Denver Public Schools Bain has been working with Denver Public Schools since 2014 on improving its teacher talent-management strategy. We helped the district develop a career progression model linking performance, compensation and leadership roles to recruit and retain top teachers, fill hard-to-staff roles in high-need schools and magnify each teacher’s impact beyond their classroom.

Ark-logo-62x62 Bain worked with Ark Academies to codify its school network model and account for its wide range of results after a period of rapid expansion. We then helped them develop a playbook for consistent school success, align on options for future organizational structures and adopt a dashboard tool to monitor and diagnose organizational health.

Brazilian Ministry of Education Bain partnered with the Ministry of Education in Brazil to assess the effectiveness of full-time secondary education versus the current part-time model. Our work and subsequent support of the full-time model rollout led to new legislation that will reach half a million students and set a new standard for education in Brazil.