Business Intelligence for Independent Schools


Business Intelligence for Independent Schools (BIIS) is NBOA's signature data-collection tool. It combines data from nearly every previous NBOA research effort to provide independent schools with a comprehensive look at their financial health, sustainability and staffing compared to similar schools in a national data set.

Exclusively for NBOA members, BIIS was designed by business officers, for business officers to analyze a wide range of operational and compensation data and distill it into accurate and meaningful graphs schools can use to set benchmarks and make important decisions.

The data collected include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Compensation and staffing
  • Facilities expenses
  • Financial aid
  • Annual giving income
  • Auxiliary income and expenses
  • Instructional expenses
  • Administrative expenses
  • Technology expenses
  • Interest/investment income

Research Reports

Financial State of the Industry

Financial State of the Industry

BIIS 5-Year Trend Report 2015-2019

This report analyzes 18 indicators of independent schools' financial health over five consecutive fiscal years. Based on data submitted by schools to NBOA's BIIS data collection platform, it is the only research study taken exclusively from the balance sheets of independent schools. An executive summary offers global analysis, concrete takeaways and questions for discussion. Detailed graphs and data highlights provide insight into specific aspects of school operations.

NBOA Members   Nonmembers

Free for members  |  $69 for nonmembers*

Key Financial Indicators

Key Financial Indicators of Vitality for Independent Schools

BIIS Data Trends 2015-2017

This report, created from an analysis of 2015-2017 trend data from the largest schools in NBOA's Business Intelligence for Independent Schools (BIIS) data collection platform, explores key financial indicators of independent school sustainability and the underlying data points that support them. Case studies of four high-performing schools also provide insights into how they achieved their top performance.

NBOA Members   Nonmembers

Free for members  |  $49 for nonmembers*

*All sales are final. We are unable to issue refunds.


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Access the BIIS Platform
Reporting for FY19 data is now available.
Need Help with Reporting?
This document outlines the reporting tools in BIIS, including how to create peer groups, export data, and provide access to others from your school.
Need Help with Data Submission?
This document walks you through how to log in to BIIS, enter your data and allow access to others from your school.

Questions? Contact Mary Kay Markunas at or call 202-407-7135.

With generous support from:

AWG Dewar Blackbaud ISM


Summer Webinars

NBOA Summer Webinar Series: Financial Sustainability

NBOA’s Summer Webinar Series is back, this year addressing four critical areas of financial sustainability: enrollment and net tuition, right-sizing the operating budget, the philanthropy landscape and strategic leadership through accelerated change. While the challenges schools face may be more complex than ever before, opportunities and successes remain to be seized.

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