Why An Independent School?
Go to college
Nearly 100% of graduates of independent schools that belong to the National Association of Independent Schools go to college.
Have higher average SAT scores
NAIS students on average score 293 points higher than other students.
Enjoy being challenged academically
76% of NAIS students say their school work makes them curious to learn more (compared to 61% of public school students) and 74% enjoy tasks that require a lot of mental effort (compared to 59%).
Attend a highly-ranked college
NAIS grads are more than three times as likely to attend top-ranked universities or liberal arts colleges than graduates of other high schools.
Take part in experiential learning
42% of NAIS graduates conducted research with a professor in college (compared to 35% of public school graduates) and 42% worked on a long-term project (compared to 32%).
Feel prepared for college
In their first year of college, NAIS grads are more likely to have learned to ask questions in class, integrate skills/knowledge, and support opinions with logical arguments.
Finish college on time
77% of NAIS grads complete college on time, compared to 64% of public school grads.
Have a path to success for first-generational and minority students
More than three-quarters of NAIS minority graduates (77%) graduated from college within four years, while 62% of minority graduates from public high schools did the same.
Sources: National Association of Independent Schools - nais.org
NAIS 2015-16 SAT Test Scores Report - NAIS
NAIS Report on the 2016 High School Survey of Student Engagement
NAIS-Gallup Report on NAIS Graduates, Gallup, Inc
“‘It’s everything else you do..’: Alumni views on extracurricular activities and employability.” - Sage Journals
“Four-Year Myth: Make College More Affordable. Restore the Promise of Graduating on Time, Complete College America