Research

NBOA collects and analyzes data on a wide range of topics to give you timely, relevant information to make strategic decisions about your school's finances. These targeted research efforts help you put your school's numbers in context.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Dabney at elizabeth.dabney@nboa.org or call 202-407-7149.

BIIS

NBOA's signature data-collection platform offers a comprehensive look at your school's financial health, sustainability and staffing levels, customized benchmarking, and tools like the NBOA Dashboard and Composite Financial Index (CFI) calculator.

Research Reports

NBOA develops research reports to help business officers, heads of school and other independent school leaders understand key trends in independent school finances and operations that may inform strategic decisions.

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Just Released: Financial State of the Industry BIIS Financial and Operational Indicators: 2019-2020

The only research study based on the audited financial statements of independent schools, the Financial State of the Industry draws on data from hundreds of NBOA member schools collected in the BIIS platform. This report considers financial and operational data from the singular 2019-20 school year, which ended with remote instruction for most independent U.S. schools. Changes in schools’ financial health occurred both before the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result of it.

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