K-12 educational
systems and schools

We have a long track record of working with public sector and not-for-profit education organizations in the US and around the world.

We have worked with organizations including state departments and ministries of education, school districts, school networks, foundations and non-profit organizations that support education reform. We work with clients to design strategies that are based on data and research, to help implement those strategies at scale and to measure impact and return on investment. We help to build the systems and conditions that support student achievement, improve operational efficiency, increase college and workforce readiness and eliminate persistent student achievement gaps. We utilize the global network of Parthenon-EY’s resources and relationships to help bring our clients a comprehensive perspective on the education landscape and the way in which reform trends are evolving.

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What we do

Public sector

We provide strategic planning and implementation support to leaders who are shaping the future of K-12 education. Since 2002, we have completed more than 100 projects with a broad range of clients across the US public education sector, including individual schools, school management networks, school districts and state departments of education, as well as leading national foundations. Experience has shown that there is no single reform agenda that will lead to success – but that thoughtful use of data and a rigorous approach to execution are the bedrocks of any effective organization.

Our work focuses on three broad areas:

  • What does the data show as driving student outcome? Our teams are analysts, not advocates. We follow the data in identifying what’s working for each organization, and help our clients develop better metrics and tools to evaluate impact.
  • How can you implement effectively at scale? Too often, good ideas falter on poor execution. Our teams help in planning, project management, facilitation and change management. We help our clients deliver results.
  • Are you spending limited dollars in the right ways? We bring both an educational and a financial perspective. Strategy and execution depend on spending money wisely. We help clients quantify the cost of their plans, shift resources to support that work and measure ROI.

Our experience base includes a broad range of specific issues and functional areas, such as:

  • School and portfolio management, including accountability systems, unified enrollment systems, portfolio planning, etc.
  • Human capital, including talent management strategy, teacher compensation models, etc.
  • Innovation and personalized learning, including innovation zones, new school model design, etc.
  • Business and financial planning, including long-term strategic planning and resource allocation/financial planning, cost optimization, etc.

We provide support to leaders who are shaping the future of K-12 education.

Private sector

We provide a full range of services to investors and private education companies. Many emerging markets have high growth in these markets and an increasing demand of students who want private K-12 education.

We help our clients develop actionable strategies for growth. For education companies and portfolio companies of our private equity clients, we leverage Parthenon-EY’s strategy capabilities, including support in:

  • Market entry, including market prioritization and sizing, competitor benchmarking, catchment analysis, enrollment potential and business plan development
  • Performance optimization advisory, including full potential analysis, fee growth and pricing assessment, student experience and acquisition improvement strategy, and expansion potential
  • Operational excellence, including policy and procedure development, customized organizational structure and governance plans, performance management tracking tool development and 100 Day plan creation

In addition, we help our clients in supporting their transaction activities. Learn more about our transaction and due diligence support in the education sector.

We help our clients develop actionable strategies for growth and support their transaction activities.

Why us?

The education sector is becoming increasingly complex. If you are a leader in this sector, your organization likely faces a range of strategic, design and execution challenges.

Our team is positioned to help you across a range of challenges because of our:

  • 20+ years of industry experience: Having worked with all types of stakeholders in the educational ecosystem helps our clients think about each situation from all perspectives, including customer needs and market dynamics. Our experience has been gained helping institutions, working across all subsectors and assisting in thousands of transactions around the globe.
  • Truly global connectedness in the education industry: The global perspective is becoming increasingly more of an important factor. Having completed 900+ projects in more than 60 countries affords us both global resources and perspectives to help our clients.
  • Dedicated team members: Having members on our team who have been teachers, policymakers or leaders of educational organizations help us deliver the best outcomes for our clients. Parthenon-EY's Education practice team brings both a professional and personal passion for education to every client engagement.

Our global team of dedicated professionals has provided end-to-end services for 20+ years.

Broader capabilities

Our ability to work with the broader EY organization makes for a winning combination for our K-12 clients. With a range of global resources and commitment to connecting global perspectives, EY’s drive to build a better working world affords us an integrated approach. We have the ability to provide additional service capabilities, from strategy through assistance with implementation, including but not limited to:

  • Operational efficiency assessments
  • Performance improvement advisory
  • IT strategy and implementation advisory
  • Financial systems and processes
  • Financial forecasting
  • Infrastructure planning and capital transformation advice
  • Risk management
  • Tax implications

Tapping into the global EY organization makes for a winning combination for our clients.

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