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Making independent schools better—at what they do best
 

Independent schools operate in a highly competitive environment, where regulation, financing, infrastructure needs, and student enrollment all play key roles in sustainability. Our audit and assurance capabilities are uniquely suited to help independent schools in their efforts to address the varied demands of this complex environment.

Our team provides the operational expertise and experience necessary to help your independent school with the development of clear, actionable strategic plans that address both near- and long-term needs. We work collaboratively with our academic clients to gain a clear picture of current needs, and to prioritize the work necessary to address them. Our team offers academic clients the benefits of: 

  • Industry-specific experience. We offer up-to-date consulting that stays abreast of current and emerging developments, and are able to proactively identify those issues that can affect your sustainability and success. 
  • A long, demonstrated history of serving independent schools. Our experience allows us to add value through knowledge sharing, and the introduction of best practices employed successfully by other organizations. Our involvement with ISANNE helps us stay up to date on emerging issues and developments.
  • Large-firm sophistication and capabilities. As a full-service consulting firm, we leverage the specialized knowledge necessary to address each client’s specific needs. 
  • Boutique-level engagement. We assemble the resources you need, when you need them, providing year-round communication and personalized service that addresses your concerns, identifies emerging issues, and helps you plan for complex accounting and compliance matters that can impact your mission. 
  • Solution-focused support. We work with you to identify critical issues—and provide strategies that address them. Our team works with your board and management to communicate recommendations, encouraging enterprise-wide adoption of new and ongoing initiatives. 
  • Staff continuity. We commit resources to our academic clients. This eliminates costly, time-consuming efforts to bring new team members up to speed, and encourages the development of productive, long-term relationships—and a shared understanding of your needs and objectives.

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"The saying that ‘you get what you pay for’ is so true when it comes to accounting firms. With BerryDunn, the team provides information and tools to really help our school. They don’t just sit in a backroom and regurgitate your numbers to you in an audit report. MCI receives very important data analysis with peer comparisons and national benchmarks that help us determine our overall financial health and set goals and priorities. With BerryDunn, you are receiving outside expertise and support that you can tap into in many areas, rather than just audit services. I look at BerryDunn as my “go to” partner rather than just the annoying auditors who come every year. I always learn something, and appreciate that the team helps with long-range goals and is there to help me create solid processes for the future."

- Karla Edney, CFO and Director of Operations, Maine Central Institute

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A "go to" partner for your audit

“My trepidation of switching auditors was completely unfounded. BerryDunn’s staff made the transition easy with great communication, thorough on-site reviews and analysis, and well-planned restatements where needed. Despite being new to our school, they provided our smoothest and most professional audit ever. Make sure you ask for Sarah Belliveau and her wonderful team!”

- Steve Sitz, Carrabassett Valley Academy

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Professional audits, from start to finish

“My trepidation of switching auditors was completely unfounded. BerryDunn’s staff made the transition easy with great communication, thorough on-site reviews and analysis, and well-planned restatements where needed. Despite being new to our school, they provided our smoothest and most professional audit ever. Make sure you ask for Sarah Belliveau and her wonderful team!”

- Steve Sitz, Carrabassett Valley Academy

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Most professional audit ever