Facts & Stats


The Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF) is a consortium of  private and independent K-12 schools that educate racially, ethnically and economically diverse students across the state. Data presented below is from the Statewide Census of Private Education (SCOPE) survey created and administered by MISF.

Students: diverse, accomplished and college-bound.

  • 99% of students graduate from MISF high schools based on the formula used by the Minnesota Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Students of color who graduate from an MISF school continue their education at a slightly higher rate than their peers: 96% of graduates of color go on to postsecondary education with 85% going on to a four-year college or university.
  • 13% of students are students of color
  • 70% of students participate in interscholastic sports.
  • 3% of students in member schools have special education needs.
  • Nearly all students who enter a member high school will graduate from the same school.
  • The top reasons that students transferred out were: family relocation (4%), student counseled out because of lack of academic progress (4%), inability of the family to pay tuition (3%), expulsion (1%) and <1% of students dropped out of high school.
  • Of the graduates who took the ACT test, the average score was 23.7 with the highest average per school of 25.9. The overall average score for Minnesota (public and private) was 22.2.
  • Of the graduates who took the SAT test, the average score was 603 for the Verbal portion and 601 for the Math portion. The highest average scores per school were 686 for Verbal and 680 for Math. This is compared to the Minnesota average of 588 for the Verbal portion and 594 for the Math portion.

 

Schools: educating students for life.

  • Member schools offer a range of programs, including gifted and talented, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Post Secondary Enrollment Option and others that prepare students for college.
  • Schools are committed to providing financial aid to students from limited financial means.
  • 44% of teachers in member schools have a master’s degree or higher.
  • Although not required of private or independent school teachers, the majority are licensed. 78% of teachers in member schools have valid Minnesota Teaching Licenses while another 4% are licensed by another state or education institution. 94% of teaching specialists in member schools have valid Minnesota Teaching Licenses.
  • 86% of counselors in member schools have a master’s degree or higher. 79% of administrators in member schools have a master’s degree or higher.
  • 57% of staff have been in education for over 10 years.