Fast Facts

Current SAIS Membership Statistics

As of May 2, 2024, SAIS has 398 member schools from 16 US states, the Caribbean, and Latin America, making SAIS the largest regional independent school association in the country. SAIS represents over 241,346 students.

Grade Levels Offered:

  • 60% Lower-Middle-Upper
  • 21% Lower-Middle
  • 8% Middle-Upper
  • 5% Lower
  • 5% Upper
  • 1% Middle

States Represented:

30%Georgia6%South Carolina1%Arkansas
17%North Carolina6%Alabama<1%Kentucky
17%Tennessee5%Virginia<1%Other
8%Florida3%Texas
4%Mississippi2%Louisiana


Secular vs. Non-Secular:

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

  • For the 48% of schools who are non-secular, religious affiliations are as follows:
    • 55% Christian (non-denominational)
    • 23% Episcopal
    • 10% Catholic
    • 6% Jewish
    • 3% Quaker
    • 3% Presbyterian

Enrollment:

Total enrollment in SAIS member schools is over 233,033 students.

  • 5% – under 101
  • 12% – 101-200
  • 12% – 201-300
  • 25% – 301-500
  • 15% – 501-700
  • 11% – 701-900
  • 10% – 901-1,200
  • 10% – above 1,200

Day/Boarding:

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

Co-Ed/Single-Sex:

While 94% of SAIS member schools are coeducational, 3% are male-only and 3% are female-only.

Other Associations:

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

Head of School Demographics:

  • 67% Male
  • 33% Female

Budget:

4%Under 1M7%$8-$9.9M9%$20-$29.9M
8%$1-1.9M5%$10-$11.9M3%$30-$39.9M
11%$2-$2.9M4%$12-$13.9M5%Over $40M
9%$3-$3.9M5%$14-$15.9M
12%$4-$5.9M4%$16-$17.9M
13%$6-$7.9M1%$18-$19.9M

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
  • 11% are between 100-200 years old
  • 52% are between 50-100 years old
  • 27% are between 25-50 years old
  • 11% are less than 25 years old

Enrollment:

The smallest school has 35 students; the largest has 2,550 students. Median enrollment is 477. Average enrollment is 600.