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Current SAIS Membership Statistics

As of April 1, 2018, SAIS has 381 member schools from 13 US states, the Caribbean, and Latin America, making SAIS the largest regional independent school association in the country.  SAIS represents over 220,000 students.


Grade Levels Offered:

  • 61% Lower-Middle-Upper
  • 21% Lower-Middle
  • 8% Middle-Upper
  • 4% Lower
  • 5% Upper
  • 1% Middle

States Represented:

30%  Georgia    6%  South Carolina    <1%  Arkansas 
16%  North Carolina   6%  Alabama    <1%  Kentucky
16%  Tennessee    5%  Virginia    2%  Other
8%  Florida    2%  Texas       
7%  Mississippi    1%  Louisiana       


Head of School Demographics:

  • 75% Male
  • 25% Female

Budget:

3%  Under 1M   3%  $7-$7.9M   2%  $14-$14.9M
10%  $1-1.9M   4%  $8-$8.9M   2%  $15-$15.9M
11%  $2-$2.9M   3%  $9-$9.9M   2%  $16-$16.9M
9%  $3-$3.9M   3%  $10-$10.9M   2%  $17-$17.9M
9%  $4-$4.9M   4%  $11-$11.9M   7%  $18-$24.9M
6%  $5-$5.9M   4%  $12-$12.9M   5%  $25-$29.9M
5%  $6-$6.9M   2%  $13-$13.9M   4%  Over $30M


Secular vs. Non-Secular:

Of member schools, 51% are secular and 49% are non-secular.   

For the non-secular schools, religious affiliations are as follows:

  • 57% Christian-Non-denominational
  • 24% Episcopal
  • 9% Catholic
  • 6% Jewish
  • 3% Quaker
  • 2% Presbyterian

Enrollment: 

Total enrollment in SAIS member schools is over 220,000 students. The smallest school has 28 students; the largest has 2,670 students. Median enrollment is 465. Average enrollment is 580.

  • 5% Under 101
  • 12% 101-200
  • 13% 201-300
  • 23% 301-500
  • 16% 501-700
  • 11% 701-900
  • 12% 901-1,200
  • 8% Above 1,200

School Age:

The oldest school was founded in 1728; the newest school was founded in 2013. Median school age is 48 years.

  • 1% are over 200 years old
  • 10% are between 100-200 years old
  • 34% are between 50-100 years old
  • 36% are between 25-50 years old
  • 19% are less than 25 years old

Day/Boarding:

  • 92% day
  • 7% day & boarding
  • 1% boarding

Co-Ed/Single-Sex:

While 95% of SAIS member schools are coeducational, 3% are boys-only and 2% are girls-only.


Other Associations:

SAIS member schools are also active in other independent school organizations:


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Institute for New Heads
June 13-15, 2018 | Peachtree Corners, GA
An informative program preparing administrators for a successful transition to headship.

Institute for Heads
June 19-22, 2018 | Asheville, NC
This energizing and nurturing retreat offers an opportunity for thoughtful dialogue and engagement with colleagues on key issues facing heads of school and their spouses.

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