Fast Facts

Current SAIS Membership Statistics

As of September 1, 2021 SAIS has 386 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 223,000 students.

Grade Levels Offered:

  • 60% Lower-Middle-Upper
  • 21% Lower-Middle
  • 9% Middle-Upper
  • 5% Lower
  • 5% Upper
  • 1% Middle

States Represented:

30%Georgia6%South Carolina1%Arkansas
16%North Carolina5%Alabama<1%Kentucky
16%Tennessee5%Virginia4%Other
7%Florida3%Texas
5%Mississippi2%Louisiana


Head of School Demographics:

  • 71% Male
  • 29% Female

Budget:

3%Under 1M6%$7-$7.9M3%$18-$19.9M
8%$1-1.9M3%$8-$8.9M9%$20-$29.9M
11%$2-$2.9M3%$9-$9.9M3%$30-$39.9M
9%$3-$3.9M5%$10-$11.9M5%Over $40M
7%$4-$4.9M5%$12-$13.9M
6%$5-$5.9M5%$14-$15.9M
6%$6-$6.9M4%$16-$17.9M


Secular vs. Non-Secular:

Of member schools, 52% are secular and 48% are non-secular.

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

  • 56% Christian-Non-denominational
  • 23% Episcopal
  • 9% Catholic
  • 5% Jewish
  • 3% Quaker
  • 3% Presbyterian

Enrollment:

Total enrollment in SAIS member schools is over 223,000 students. The smallest school has 35 students; the largest has 2,635 students. Median enrollment is 471. Average enrollment is 578.

  • 5% Under 101
  • 13% 101-200
  • 12% 201-300
  • 24% 301-500
  • 15% 501-700
  • 12% 701-900
  • 11% 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.

  • 2 schools are over 200 years old
  • 10% are between 100-200 years old
  • 46% are between 50-100 years old
  • 25% are between 25-50 years old
  • 17% are less than 25 years old

Day/Boarding:

  • 93% day
  • 7% day & boarding
  • 1% boarding

Co-Ed/Single-Sex:

While 94% of SAIS member schools are coeducational, 3% are boys-only and 3% are girls-only.

Other Associations:

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