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Table 68. Enrollment and percentage distribution of students enrolled in private elementary and secondary schools, by school orientation and grade level: Selected years, fall 1995 through fall 2009
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Grade level and year Total private enrollment Catholic Other religious Nonsectarian
Total Parochial Diocesan Private (indepen-
dent)
Total Conserva-
tive Christian
Affiliated1 Unaffiliated1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  Enrollment (in thousands)
Total, all grades                                        
1995 5,918 (31.8) 2,660 (6.9) 1,459 (2.1) 851 (5.7) 351 (1.2) 2,095 (17.0) 787 (8.8) 697 (4.9) 611 (11.8) 1,163 (18.4)
1997 5,944 (18.5) 2,666 (5.5) 1,439 (5.3) 874 (0.8) 353 (1.4) 2,097 (13.7) 824 (7.3) 647 (3.1) 627 (11.1) 1,182 (12.0)
1999 6,018 (30.2) 2,660 (4.8) 1,398 (4.4) 881 (0.0) 382 (1.9) 2,193 (27.2) 871 (4.8) 646 (4.9) 676 (24.6) 1,164 (8.2)
2001 6,320 (40.3) 2,673 (12.5) 1,310 (5.6) 979 (7.0) 384 (3.2) 2,328 (17.3) 937 (6.1) 663 (8.6) 728 (13.3) 1,319 (27.3)
2003 6,099 (41.2) 2,520 (10.6) 1,183 (9.9) 963 (4.8) 374 (4.0) 2,228 (19.7) 890 (8.9) 651 (5.9) 688 (14.8) 1,351 (29.2)
                                         
2005 6,073 (42.4) 2,403 (9.3) 1,063 (6.4) 957 (6.3) 383 (4.0) 2,303 (22.4) 957 (9.6) 697 (6.7) 649 (14.2) 1,367 (27.6)
2007 5,910 (28.4) 2,308 (6.1) 946 (5.4) 970 (1.8) 392 (3.4) 2,283 (20.6) 883 (6.6) 527 (3.5) 873 (18.2) 1,319 (18.2)
2009 5,488 (35.9) 2,160 (3.5) 856 (3.1) 909 (4.4) 395 (1.1) 2,076 (32.8) 737 (1.9) 516 (4.4) 823 (31.2) 1,252 (8.8)
                                         
Prekindergarten
   through grade 8
                                       
1995 4,756 (28.4) 2,042 (5.2) 1,368 (2.1) 575 (3.5) 98 (1.2) 1,753 (14.8) 651 (7.2) 575 (4.6) 527 (11.1) 961 (17.5)
1997 4,759 (17.3) 2,047 (5.5) 1,353 (5.3) 598 (0.8) 96 (1.4) 1,744 (12.2) 679 (6.0) 529 (2.5) 537 (10.1) 968 (11.0)
1999 4,789 (23.1) 2,034 (4.8) 1,317 (4.4) 608 (†) 109 (1.9) 1,818 (19.9) 713 (3.7) 529 (3.9) 576 (17.6) 937 (7.3)
2001 5,023 (36.1) 2,032 (10.8) 1,227 (4.5) 688 (7.0) 118 (3.0) 1,927 (15.5) 765 (5.1) 536 (7.4) 626 (12.2) 1,064 (24.7)
2003 4,788 (30.3) 1,887 (11.1) 1,108 (9.9) 671 (4.8) 107 (0.3) 1,836 (16.9) 722 (6.5) 519 (4.1) 594 (13.5) 1,066 (15.4)
                                         
2005 4,724 (33.0) 1,780 (9.3) 993 (6.4) 673 (6.3) 113 (2.9) 1,865 (19.4) 765 (8.0) 561 (5.7) 539 (12.6) 1,079 (15.5)
2007 4,546 (21.9) 1,685 (5.3) 879 (4.6) 688 (1.6) 118 (3.1) 1,834 (18.4) 699 (5.9) 418 (3.2) 717 (16.6) 1,027 (11.4)
2009 4,179 (33.2) 1,542 (3.3) 782 (3.1) 643 (0.8) 117 (0.6) 1,666 (30.2) 579 (1.7) 401 (4.0) 685 (28.9) 972 (8.1)
                                         
Grades 9 through 12                                        
1995 1,163 (4.6) 618 (2.8) 91 (†) 275 (2.8) 252 (†) 342 (3.2) 136 (2.3) 122 (0.6) 84 (1.7) 202 (1.5)
1997 1,185 (2.4) 619 (0.1) 86 (†) 275 (†) 257 (0.1) 353 (2.3) 145 (1.7) 117 (0.8) 90 (1.2) 214 (1.9)
1999 1,229 (8.3) 627 (0.1) 80 (†) 273 (†) 273 (0.1) 375 (7.9) 158 (1.6) 117 (1.2) 100 (7.5) 228 (2.2)
2001 1,296 (6.7) 641 (2.3) 83 (2.3) 292 (†) 266 (0.3) 401 (3.5) 172 (2.6) 127 (1.6) 102 (1.9) 255 (4.5)
2003 1,311 (24.7) 634 (3.9) 75 (†) 292 (†) 266 (3.9) 392 (4.2) 167 (3.1) 131 (1.9) 94 (2.0) 285 (24.0)
                                         
2005 1,349 (18.1) 623 (1.5) 70 (†) 284 (0.7) 270 (1.3) 438 (6.5) 192 (3.4) 136 (1.5) 110 (5.2) 288 (16.6)
2007 1,364 (12.0) 623 (1.4) 67 (1.2) 282 (0.6) 274 (0.4) 450 (3.8) 184 (1.8) 109 (0.4) 156 (3.1) 292 (11.2)
2009 1,309 (6.5) 618 (4.4) 74 (#) 266 (4.3) 278 (0.9) 411 (4.3) 158 (0.4) 115 (1.1) 138 (4.1) 280 (1.9)
                                         
  Percentage distribution
Total, all grades                                        
1995 100.0 (†) 45.0 (0.19) 24.7 (0.13) 14.4 (0.08) 5.9 (0.03) 35.4 (0.19) 13.3 (0.12) 11.8 (0.08) 10.3 (0.18) 19.7 (0.23)
1997 100.0 (†) 44.8 (0.13) 24.2 (0.09) 14.7 (0.05) 5.9 (0.03) 35.3 (0.18) 13.9 (0.12) 10.9 (0.06) 10.5 (0.17) 19.9 (0.17)
1999 100.0 (†) 44.2 (0.24) 23.2 (0.14) 14.6 (0.07) 6.4 (0.04) 36.4 (0.28) 14.5 (0.09) 10.7 (0.08) 11.2 (0.36) 19.3 (0.11)
2001 100.0 (†) 42.3 (0.25) 20.7 (0.14) 15.5 (0.12) 6.1 (0.04) 36.8 (0.22) 14.8 (0.13) 10.5 (0.13) 11.5 (0.18) 20.9 (0.33)
2003 100.0 (†) 41.3 (0.27) 19.4 (0.17) 15.8 (0.14) 6.1 (0.07) 36.5 (0.25) 14.6 (0.13) 10.7 (0.10) 11.3 (0.22) 22.1 (0.36)
                                         
2005 100.0 (†) 39.6 (0.26) 17.5 (0.13) 15.8 (0.14) 6.3 (0.07) 37.9 (0.25) 15.8 (0.14) 11.5 (0.09) 10.7 (0.20) 22.5 (0.34)
2007 100.0 (†) 39.1 (0.20) 16.0 (0.11) 16.4 (0.09) 6.6 (0.06) 38.6 (0.25) 14.9 (0.12) 8.9 (0.06) 14.8 (0.26) 22.3 (0.25)
2009 100.0 (†) 39.4 (0.25) 15.6 (0.11) 16.6 (0.13) 7.2 (0.05) 37.8 (0.37) 13.4 (0.09) 9.4 (0.07) 15.0 (0.48) 22.8 (0.16)
                                         
Prekindergarten
   through grade 8
                                       
1995 100.0 (†) 42.9 (0.20) 28.8 (0.17) 12.1 (0.06) 2.1 (0.02) 36.9 (0.22) 13.7 (0.13) 12.1 (0.09) 11.1 (0.21) 20.2 (0.28)
1997 100.0 (†) 43.0 (0.15) 28.4 (0.12) 12.6 (0.05) 2.0 (0.03) 36.7 (0.20) 14.3 (0.13) 11.1 (0.06) 11.3 (0.19) 20.3 (0.19)
1999 100.0 (†) 42.5 (0.23) 27.5 (0.16) 12.7 (0.06) 2.3 (0.04) 38.0 (0.26) 14.9 (0.09) 11.1 (0.07) 12.0 (0.32) 19.6 (0.12)
2001 100.0 (†) 40.5 (0.27) 24.4 (0.17) 13.7 (0.14) 2.3 (0.05) 38.4 (0.25) 15.2 (0.15) 10.7 (0.14) 12.5 (0.20) 21.2 (0.37)
2003 100.0 (†) 39.4 (0.25) 23.1 (0.18) 14.0 (0.13) 2.2 (0.01) 38.3 (0.23) 15.1 (0.12) 10.8 (0.09) 12.4 (0.24) 22.3 (0.22)
                                         
2005 100.0 (†) 37.7 (0.25) 21.0 (0.14) 14.2 (0.15) 2.4 (0.06) 39.5 (0.21) 16.2 (0.16) 11.9 (0.09) 11.4 (0.22) 22.8 (0.23)
2007 100.0 (†) 37.1 (0.20) 19.3 (0.13) 15.1 (0.09) 2.6 (0.07) 40.3 (0.27) 15.4 (0.14) 9.2 (0.07) 15.8 (0.30) 22.6 (0.21)
2009 100.0 (†) 36.9 (0.29) 18.7 (0.15) 15.4 (0.12) 2.8 (0.03) 39.9 (0.43) 13.9 (0.11) 9.6 (0.10) 16.4 (0.57) 23.2 (0.20)
                                         
Grades 9 through 12                                        
1995 100.0 (†) 53.2 (0.20) 7.8 (0.03) 23.7 (0.20) 21.7 (0.09) 29.4 (0.20) 11.7 (0.18) 10.5 (0.06) 7.2 (0.14) 17.4 (0.12)
1997 100.0 (†) 52.2 (0.10) 7.3 (0.01) 23.2 (0.05) 21.7 (0.04) 29.8 (0.16) 12.2 (0.13) 9.9 (0.08) 7.6 (0.10) 18.0 (0.14)
1999 100.0 (†) 51.0 (0.34) 6.5 (0.04) 22.2 (0.15) 22.2 (0.15) 30.5 (0.45) 12.9 (0.14) 9.5 (0.11) 8.1 (0.56) 18.5 (0.19)
2001 100.0 (†) 49.4 (0.26) 6.4 (0.17) 22.5 (0.12) 20.5 (0.10) 31.0 (0.19) 13.3 (0.17) 9.8 (0.12) 7.8 (0.13) 19.6 (0.28)
2003 100.0 (†) 48.3 (0.91) 5.7 (0.11) 22.3 (0.42) 20.3 (0.44) 29.9 (0.59) 12.8 (0.32) 10.0 (0.23) 7.2 (0.20) 21.8 (1.43)
                                         
2005 100.0 (†) 46.2 (0.60) 5.2 (0.07) 21.0 (0.28) 20.0 (0.27) 32.5 (0.52) 14.3 (0.28) 10.1 (0.16) 8.1 (0.37) 21.4 (0.97)
2007 100.0 (†) 45.7 (0.40) 4.9 (0.09) 20.6 (0.18) 20.1 (0.17) 33.0 (0.33) 13.5 (0.16) 8.0 (0.07) 11.4 (0.22) 21.4 (0.65)
2009 100.0 (†) 47.2 (0.25) 5.7 (0.03) 20.3 (0.27) 21.2 (0.12) 31.4 (0.25) 12.1 (0.06) 8.8 (0.08) 10.5 (0.28) 21.4 (0.15)
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
1 Affiliated schools belong to associations of schools with a specific religious orientation other than Catholic or conservative Christian. Unaffiliated schools have a religious orientation or purpose but are not classified as Catholic, conservative Christian, or affiliated.
NOTE: Includes enrollment in prekindergarten through grade 12 in schools that offer kindergarten or higher grade. Ungraded students are prorated into prekindergarten through grade 8 and grades 9 through 12. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 1995–96 through 2009–10. (This table was prepared August 2012.)

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