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Table 63. Number and percentage distribution of private elementary and secondary students, teachers, and schools, by orientation of school and selected school and student characteristics: Fall 1999, fall 2007, and fall 2009
Selected school and student characteristics Fall 1999,
total number
Fall 2007,
total number
Fall 2009
Total Catholic Other religious Nonsectarian
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Students1                                         
Total 6,018,280 (30,179) 5,910,210 (28,363) 5,488,490 (35,857) 100.0 (†) 2,160,220 (3,494) 100.0 (†) 2,076,220 (32,751) 100.0 (†) 1,252,050 (8,849) 100.0 (†)
Level of school                                        
Elementary 3,595,020 (11,516) 3,228,310 (17,116) 2,937,090 (26,807) 53.5 (0.24) 1,454,540 (3,244) 67.3 (0.17) 883,640 (24,501) 42.6 (0.67) 598,910 (6,684) 47.8 (0.27)
Secondary 806,640 (2,395) 827,390 (10,804) 785,810 (4,810) 14.3 (0.11) 587,350 (4,408) 27.2 (0.18) 106,880 (1,871) 5.1 (0.09) 91,580 (907) 7.3 (0.06)
Combined 1,616,620 (23,949) 1,854,510 (19,370) 1,765,590 (15,909) 32.2 (0.21) 118,330 (250) 5.5 (0.01) 1,085,700 (15,429) 52.3 (0.64) 561,560 (3,495) 44.9 (0.25)
                                         
School enrollment                                        
Less than 50 238,980 (5,691) 260,030 (7,147) 296,000 (22,889) 5.4 (0.39) 6,800 (550) 0.3 (0.03) 170,890 (21,993) 8.2 (0.96) 118,320 (4,552) 9.5 (0.34)
50 to 149 939,110 (10,717) 982,810 (13,267) 950,050 (12,053) 17.3 (0.18) 148,240 (1,003) 6.9 (0.04) 448,670 (8,484) 21.6 (0.35) 353,140 (5,440) 28.2 (0.35)
150 to 299 1,615,970 (7,315) 1,535,540 (13,069) 1,423,220 (9,951) 25.9 (0.17) 638,300 (808) 29.5 (0.05) 518,820 (8,930) 25.0 (0.44) 266,110 (3,949) 21.3 (0.25)
300 to 499 1,419,360 (13,203) 1,254,690 (4,667) 1,154,950 (10,730) 21.0 (0.19) 577,950 (3,534) 26.8 (0.12) 377,020 (9,656) 18.2 (0.44) 199,980 (3,066) 16.0 (0.24)
500 to 749 917,670 (2,330) 860,950 (4,374) 768,540 (†) 14.0 (0.09) 412,610 (†) 19.1 (0.03) 233,810 (†) 11.3 (0.18) 122,130 (†) 9.8 (0.07)
750 or more 887,190 (18,232) 1,016,180 (16,638) 895,720 (6,538) 16.3 (0.12) 376,330 (†) 17.4 (0.03) 327,020 (6,538) 15.8 (0.30) 192,370 (†) 15.4 (0.11)
                                         
Student race/ethnicity2                                        
White 4,061,870 (24,242) 3,779,030 (22,170) 3,410,360 (31,067) 72.6 (0.20) 1,423,200 (3,216) 70.8 (0.05) 1,337,600 (30,282) 76.3 (0.41) 649,560 (3,480) 69.2 (0.34)
Black 494,530 (5,079) 496,580 (4,455) 430,970 (2,579) 9.2 (0.07) 151,300 (76) 7.5 (0.01) 180,090 (1,594) 10.3 (0.19) 99,580 (1,470) 10.6 (0.12)
Hispanic 435,890 (1,592) 487,770 (7,435) 443,290 (4,113) 9.4 (0.09) 267,120 (258) 13.3 (0.03) 107,760 (1,311) 6.2 (0.12) 68,410 (2,970) 7.3 (0.28)
Asian 239,510 (877) 276,380 (3,537) 239,320 (1,894) 5.1 (0.05) 91,110 (85) 4.5 (0.01) 72,620 (342) 4.1 (0.07) 75,590 (1,822) 8.1 (0.17)
Pacific Islander [/3/] (†) [/3/] (†) 28,020 (884) 0.6 (0.02) 11,300 (8) 0.6 (#) 12,490 (884) 0.7 (0.05) 4,220 (14) 0.5 (#)
American Indian/Alaska                                        
Native 22,690 (164) 32,730 (1,217) 21,080 (162) 0.4 (#) 8,640 (†) 0.4 (#) 7,190 (115) 0.4 (0.01) 5,250 (114) 0.6 (0.01)
Two or more races (†) (†) 127,090 (781) 2.7 (0.02) 56,960 (127) 2.8 (0.01) 34,270 (680) 2.0 (0.05) 35,860 (282) 3.8 (0.03)
                                         
Type of locale                                        
City (†) 2,429,570 (13,222) 2,252,780 (12,708) 41.0 (0.31) 996,640 (2,097) 46.1 (0.15) 762,410 (4,502) 36.7 (0.57) 493,730 (8,446) 39.4 (0.57)
Suburban (†) 2,382,550 (12,070) 2,137,800 (20,891) 39.0 (0.34) 868,610 (5,048) 40.2 (0.17) 757,590 (16,094) 36.5 (0.68) 511,600 (7,716) 40.9 (0.58)
Town (†) 411,700 (5,477) 387,920 (9,565) 7.1 (0.17) 182,610 (†) 8.5 (0.01) 153,540 (9,129) 7.4 (0.41) 51,780 (2,888) 4.1 (0.23)
Rural (†) 686,390 (21,308) 709,990 (26,462) 12.9 (0.42) 112,360 (301) 5.2 (0.02) 402,680 (25,172) 19.4 (0.98) 194,940 (4,207) 15.6 (0.32)
                                         
Teachers4                                         
Total 408,400 (2,977) 456,270 (2,897) 437,410 (3,222) 100.0 (†) 142,620 (393) 100.0 (†) 171,870 (3,140) 100.0 (†) 122,930 (654) 100.0 (†)
Level of school                                        
Elementary 200,910 (735) 207,230 (1,433) 194,480 (1,878) 44.5 (0.25) 88,760 (190) 62.2 (0.25) 62,940 (1,815) 36.6 (0.63) 42,780 (336) 34.8 (0.18)
Secondary 62,740 (229) 69,240 (767) 67,530 (553) 15.4 (0.14) 43,380 (486) 30.4 (0.27) 11,050 (317) 6.4 (0.16) 13,090 (157) 10.7 (0.09)
Combined 144,750 (2,682) 179,800 (2,184) 175,410 (1,853) 40.1 (0.26) 10,480 (51) 7.3 (0.04) 97,870 (1,797) 56.9 (0.64) 67,060 (348) 54.5 (0.18)
                                         
School enrollment                                        
Less than 50 25,970 (488) 32,060 (847) 34,120 (1,642) 7.8 (0.34) 1,070 (202) 0.7 (0.14) 19,350 (1,572) 11.3 (0.79) 13,690 (467) 11.1 (0.36)
50 to 149 70,800 (983) 84,590 (1,566) 82,460 (1,102) 18.9 (0.23) 12,950 (120) 9.1 (0.08) 39,280 (759) 22.9 (0.44) 30,240 (548) 24.6 (0.39)
150 to 299 102,240 (486) 109,660 (982) 107,490 (1,873) 24.6 (0.33) 41,550 (79) 29.1 (0.09) 41,190 (1,856) 24.0 (0.86) 24,740 (286) 20.1 (0.21)
300 to 499 90,010 (1,316) 90,540 (331) 86,850 (751) 19.9 (0.19) 37,160 (381) 26.1 (0.21) 28,990 (607) 16.9 (0.40) 20,690 (224) 16.8 (0.19)
500 to 749 57,930 (79) 62,250 (537) 56,920 (†) 13.0 (0.10) 25,410 (†) 17.8 (0.05) 17,900 (†) 10.4 (0.19) 13,620 (†) 11.1 (0.06)
750 or more 61,440 (2,143) 77,170 (1,618) 69,570 (566) 15.9 (0.13) 24,480 (†) 17.2 (0.05) 25,150 (566) 14.6 (0.29) 19,940 (†) 16.2 (0.09)
                                         
Type of locale                                        
City (†) 185,530 (1,253) 176,740 (799) 40.4 (0.33) 65,000 (237) 45.6 (0.21) 62,410 (311) 36.3 (0.62) 49,320 (505) 40.1 (0.35)
Suburban (†) 177,160 (1,322) 166,170 (2,463) 38.0 (0.41) 56,090 (460) 39.3 (0.24) 62,230 (2,264) 36.2 (0.92) 47,840 (544) 38.9 (0.37)
Town (†) 32,490 (917) 30,390 (663) 6.9 (0.15) 13,040 (†) 9.1 (0.03) 12,510 (610) 7.3 (0.34) 4,840 (392) 3.9 (0.32)
Rural (†) 61,090 (2,025) 64,120 (1,960) 14.7 (0.39) 8,480 (52) 5.9 (0.04) 34,720 (1,807) 20.2 (0.87) 20,930 (417) 17.0 (0.34)
                                         
Schools                                        
Total 33,000 (301) 33,740 (370) 33,370 (834) 100.0 (†) 7,110 (22) 100.0 (†) 15,620 (804) 100.0 (†) 10,630 (190) 100.0 (†)
Level of school                                        
Elementary 22,300 (242) 21,870 (293) 21,420 (745) 64.2 (0.70) 5,680 (19) 79.8 (0.36) 8,900 (721) 57.0 (1.84) 6,840 (130) 64.3 (0.86)
Secondary 2,540 (62) 2,930 (67) 2,780 (39) 8.3 (0.23) 1,100 (28) 15.4 (0.36) 780 (33) 5.0 (0.31) 900 (24) 8.5 (0.21)
Combined 8,150 (160) 8,940 (160) 9,160 (153) 27.5 (0.54) 340 (7) 4.8 (0.09) 5,940 (170) 38.0 (1.64) 2,890 (124) 27.2 (0.92)
                                         
School enrollment                                        
Less than 50 9,160 (210) 10,060 (287) 11,070 (801) 33.2 (1.61) 230 (28) 3.2 (0.38) 6,460 (769) 41.4 (2.85) 4,380 (200) 41.1 (1.25)
50 to 149 10,260 (134) 10,800 (160) 10,470 (154) 31.4 (0.81) 1,410 (15) 19.8 (0.19) 4,980 (111) 31.9 (1.56) 4,080 (74) 38.4 (0.99)
150 to 299 7,440 (34) 7,220 (75) 6,690 (46) 20.1 (0.49) 2,920 (4) 41.0 (0.13) 2,490 (39) 16.0 (0.83) 1,280 (21) 12.1 (0.23)
300 to 499 3,730 (41) 3,270 (12) 3,010 (30) 9.0 (0.24) 1,490 (9) 21.0 (0.17) 1,000 (28) 6.4 (0.37) 520 (8) 4.9 (0.11)
500 to 749 1,530 (3) 1,430 (8) 1,280 (†) 3.8 (0.10) 690 (†) 9.7 (0.03) 380 (†) 2.5 (0.13) 200 (†) 1.9 (0.03)
750 or more 870 (20) 960 (17) 850 (7) 2.5 (0.06) 370 (†) 5.2 (0.02) 300 (7) 1.9 (0.10) 180 (†) 1.6 (0.03)
                                         
Type of locale                                        
City (†) 11,210 (100) 10,810 (171) 32.4 (0.88) 2,970 (26) 41.7 (0.28) 4,200 (77) 26.9 (1.42) 3,640 (105) 34.2 (0.92)
Suburban (†) 12,670 (198) 11,610 (176) 34.8 (0.94) 2,580 (16) 36.2 (0.25) 4,390 (110) 28.1 (1.52) 4,640 (113) 43.6 (0.97)
Town (†) 3,300 (130) 3,340 (154) 10.0 (0.50) 960 (†) 13.5 (0.04) 1,670 (96) 10.7 (0.77) 710 (158) 6.7 (1.42)
Rural (†) 6,560 (263) 7,610 (799) 22.8 (1.86) 610 (7) 8.6 (0.10) 5,350 (782) 34.3 (3.32) 1,650 (78) 15.5 (0.79)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
1 Includes students in prekindergarten through grade 12 in schools that offer kindergarten or higher grade.
2 Race/ethnicity is not known for prekindergarten students (788,000 in fall 2009). Percentage distribution is calculated based on the students for whom race/ethnicity is known.
3 Included under Asian.                                        
4 Reported in full-time equivalents (FTE). Excludes teachers who teach only prekindergarten students.
NOTE: Includes special education, vocational/technical education, and alternative schools. Tabulation includes schools that offer kindergarten or higher grade. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 1999-2000, 2007-08, and 2009–10. (This table was prepared July 2011.)
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