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For many schools, the way forward requires sharpening or expanding their programs to provide greater value to more families. The BetterSchools team are experts in devising cost-effective, mission-oriented, collaborative strategies for ambitious schools.


We help Pk-8 schools launch thriving new upper schools with selective college admissions. We have contributed to re-designing creative, unique, and inclusive academic options in lower, middle, and upper schools. With our broad experience in campus planning and construction, we assist schools with facilities projects to ensure that the resources you invest result in maximum effect. If you're ready to grow, we're here to help.

program development and expansion

operational assessment

Our customized Strategic and Financial Planning processes are immersed in the unique culture of your school and your school community's values. We help you to identify strengths, address challenges, and detail specific objectives for future growth and prosperity. We also identify the similarities and differences between what your school is "selling" and what the new consumer family thinks it is "buying."

BetterSchools does more than draft a "to-do list" hastily constructed over a weekend retreat. We listen, we advise, and we help you to communicate the substance of a dynamic, funded, and competitive future for your community. Our goal in every planning project is to help a school link mission to value to families whose children will be students for the long term.

strategic and financial planning

From a high impact Annual Fund Campaign to a multi-million dollar Capital Campaign, BetterSchools has the tools to help you design and execute for maximum return on your development dollars.  Our one-of-a-kind Fundraising Dashboard gives boards and heads of school a handle on metrics needed to manage to exceptional funding results with engaged, satisfied donors.

fundraising and advancement performance

The first step for many schools is to examine whether what a school is doing in Financial Planning, Enrollment Management, and Fundraising are getting the results that you want.  Are your financial metrics sound?  Do you have the financial flexibility you need?  Does your enrollment model maximize your revenue opportunities? Are donors eager to invest in your school with transformative gifts?

A Strategic Assessment of your school's funding model and execution can save you money, help you to recruit and retain more students, create fundraising efficiency, and chart a path toward greater financial strength.

The demands on independent school leadership teams have never been greater. The recent economic turmoil continues to breed uncertainty for families and schools alike. Answering basic questions like "Where do we want to be in five years?" and "How will we get there?" is more complicated than ever.


That's where BetterSchools comes in.  Our team helps your team to develop a systematic and perpetual approach to asking and answering the questions that provide vision, confidence, and realistic expectations for your school's future.

strategic consulting services