As the admissions season gets busier and re-enrollment approaches, I field lots of questions about openings and attrition at Friends School of Minnesota. Attrition occurs in every school as families move or change schools. Over the past three years, Friends School of Minnesota has had lower than average attrition rate of 5%.

Here’s how our numbers compare:

Friends School of Minnesota attrition

  • 2007-2008: 6%
  • 2008-2009: 7%
  • 2009-2010: 5%
  • 2010-2011: 5%
  • 2011-2012: 5%

ISACS Attrition Statistics

Friends School of Minnesota is accredited by The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), a membership organization of more than 230 independent schools from 13 states of the Midwest region.

Keith Shahan, President of ISACS shares the following:

Attrition figures are important benchmarks. This year total attrition from ISACS schools averaged 9.7%, somewhat higher than the NAIS average of 8.1%. However, these numbers hide significant variation based on size of school.  Sticking with just ISACS schools, here is a detailed look at attrition in our day schools:

                                      Under 200     200-300     300-500     500-700     Over 700

     Day Schools                 11.9              11.8               10.2                     8.4                 5.1

Friends School of Minnesota is fully enrolled at 168 so would be compared to “schools under 200.”  

NAIS Attrition  Statistics (2010-11)

Friends School of Minnesota is member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) , a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the United States. NAIS collects statistics each year, including attrition:

Midwest Region (112 day schools): 10.16%

Under 200 students (121 day schools): 15.11%

All NAIS day schools (985): 9.18%

So How Many Openings?

Low attrition is a sign of a healthy, happy school community. That said, we do have new students come at all grades as openings occur. We also usually add students in the first grade and middle school when our class sizes grow. We love welcoming new families! Each school year we have about 26 new students (including kindergarteners).

We encourage applications to our wait pools. Don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions!

Susan Nagel
Admissions Director
admissions@fsmn.org