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Current SAIS Membership Statistics

As of July 1, 2019, SAIS has 384 member schools from 14 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:

  • 60% Lower-Middle-Upper
  • 20% Lower-Middle
  • 10% Middle-Upper
  • 4% Lower
  • 5% Upper
  • 1% Middle

States Represented:

30%  Georgia    5%  South Carolina    1%  Arkansas 
16%  North Carolina   5%  Alabama    <1%  Kentucky
16%  Tennessee    5%  Virginia    2%  Other
7%  Florida    3%  Texas       
6%  Mississippi    1%  Louisiana       


Head of School Demographics:

  • 74% Male
  • 26% Female

Budget:

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


Secular vs. Non-Secular:

Of member schools, 53% are secular and 47% are non-secular.   

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

  • 58% Christian-Non-denominational
  • 23% Episcopal
  • 9% Catholic
  • 5% Jewish
  • 3% Quaker
  • 3% Presbyterian

Enrollment: 

Total enrollment in SAIS member schools is over 220,000 students. The smallest school has 23 students; the largest has 2,685 students. Median enrollment is 475. Average enrollment is 578.

  • 6% Under 101
  • 13% 101-200
  • 12% 201-300
  • 23% 301-500
  • 16% 501-700
  • 12% 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 2016. Median school age is 48 years.

  • 1% are over 200 years old
  • 11% are between 100-200 years old
  • 39% are between 50-100 years old
  • 33% are between 25-50 years old
  • 18% are less than 25 years old

Day/Boarding:

  • 93% 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:


Calendar more
Independent School Counselors Conference
June 10-11 | Atlanta, GA

Institute for New Heads
June 12-14 | Atlanta, GA

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