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NAIS-Gallup Report on NAIS Graduates

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Explore independent school students' experiences.

For many students, the journey to higher education success is a steep climb. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), an organization representing more than 1,500 independent K-12 schools in the U.S., is partnering with Gallup to understand how students in private independent high schools fare in higher education and in their careers and lives.

Gallup's analysis found that NAIS graduates progress through college more consistently--and are more likely to seek out key undergraduate opportunities associated with positive long-term outcomes--than are public and non-NAIS private high school graduates. First-generation college students and minority graduates from NAIS schools were more likely than first-generation college students and minority graduates from other high schools to participate in extracurricular and experiential learning activities during college.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Nearly 100% of graduates from NAIS schools go on to college, and a little more than half attend the most selective colleges and universities.
  • NAIS graduates are more than three times as likely as graduates of other schools to attend top-ranked universities or liberal arts colleges.
  • A higher percentage of NAIS graduates seek out key experiential learning and extracurricular opportunities in college, such as participating in a research project with a faculty member, playing intercollegiate sports, or leading a club, than do public and non-NAIS private high school graduates.
  • NAIS graduates progress more consistently through college than do graduates from public high schools and non-NAIS private high schools. NAIS graduates are are less likely to transfer and are more likely to graduate in four years.
  • The majority of NAIS graduates (65%) go on to have professional positions, and another 10% have managerial roles.

Read the report to find out how, relative to their peers, NAIS graduates exit secondary education poised to succeed in college and lead well-rounded lives with successful careers.

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