Annual Meeting

NBOA’s largest professional learning event and a “must-attend” gathering for business officers, business operations staff and other independent school leaders. This exceptional program provides three days of extensive professional development and networking opportunities for over 1,400 independent school professionals from across the country. The 2021 NBOA Annual Meeting will be an all-virtual event!

Business Officer Institute

A week of learning geared toward business officers and business operations staff with fewer than five years of experience working in independent schools. In addition to the professional development leaders need, this intimate program offers many opportunities for casual networking, and past participants attest that relationships forged here can last a lifetime.

Leadership Academy

In partnership with the Independent School Leadership M.Ed. Program at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, the NBOA Leadership Academy is a one-year leadership development program designed for a select cohort of independent school business office professionals ready to gain the skills and organizational perspectives necessary to grow and advance as an independent school business leader.


Hundreds of business officers, business operations staff and other independent school leaders gather online throughout the year for NBOA’s popular webinar series. Learn without leaving your desk!

Online Learning

Multi-week and on-demand courses conducted virtually on a variety of topics. The online platform allows for asynchronous learning and collaboration with other participants through different interactive media, including short videos and discussion boards.

On-demand courses provide the flexibility and convenience of self-paced, asynchronous learning that can be completed anywhere and at any time.

Future Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NBOA programs.

Sponsorship & Speaking

Share your knowledge of—and passion for—business excellence in independent schools by speaking at an event or sponsoring one!

Learn more about our program policies regarding cancellations and refunds.

"I value the amazing opportunity to meet with other professional who are facing the same issues as I am. Some of them have asked and answered the questions that I am just beginning to realize I have. It is great to learn from others challenges and see what routes they have taken to get where they are now. It was an opportunity to ask questions that I have to an impartial audience."

Mary Dunsmore

Mary Dunsmore

Director of Business & Finance, Lansing Christian School


Cover of Financial State of the Industry

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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