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Table 72. Private elementary and secondary school full-time-equivalent (FTE) staff and student to FTE staff ratios, by orientation of school, school level, and type of staff: 2007-08
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Type of staff Total Catholic Other religious orientation Nonsectarian
Total Elementary1 Secondary2 Combined3 Total Elementary1 Secondary2 Combined3 Total Elementary1 Secondary2 Combined3 Total Elementary1 Secondary2 Combined3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Number of schools 28,220 (328) 16,370 (291) 3,040   (149) 8,810 (254) 7,400 (34) 5,950 (57) 1,080   (46) 370   (39) 13,950 (282) 7,170 (228) 960   (85) 5,820 (192) 6,860 (119) 3,240   (143) 1,010   (87) 2,620   (138)
Enrollment (in thousands) 5,165 (104) 2,463 (59) 851   (39) 1,852 (91) 2,224 (49) 1,458 (32) 621   (33) 146   (25) 1,976 (81) 710 (37) 129   (15) 1,138 (75) 965 (55) 295   (25) 101   (13) 568   (48)
  Number of FTE staff Number of FTE staff
Total FTE staff 778,610 (16,146) 326,320 (8,044) 126,490   (5,809) 325,810 (14,362) 250,380 (6,211) 157,980 (3,488) 70,240   (3,582) 22,150   (3,520) 293,830 (10,433) 105,540 (4,977) 22,270   (2,241) 166,020 (10,154) 234,410 (10,902) 62,790   (4,761) 33,980   (4,014) 137,630   (9,797)
Principals 30,430 (463) 15,260 (316) 3,360   (168) 11,810 (398) 7,730 (101) 5,950 (75) 1,240   (63) 530   (67) 14,860 (343) 6,000 (236) 1,080   (106) 7,780 (336) 7,840 (264) 3,310   (184) 1,040   (107) 3,500   (234)
Assistant principals 13,000 (485) 4,860 (287) 2,840   (194) 5,290 (337) 3,980 (191) 1,940 (123) 1,670   (117) 360   (79) 4,860 (300) 1,650 (150) 560   (88) 2,650 (238) 4,160 (272) 1,270   (168) 610   (116) 2,280   (194)
Other managers 25,940 (947) 9,150 (443) 5,160   (357) 11,630 (775) 7,010 (387) 3,100 (196) 3,180   (242) 730   (168) 8,940 (479) 3,040 (256) 860   (145) 5,050 (393) 9,990 (661) 3,010   (314) 1,120   (175) 5,850   (628)
Instruction coordinators 7,770 (535) 2,620 (274) 1,570   (217) 3,590 (391) 2,060 (252) 1,020 (179) 820   (156) 220 ! (88) 2,520 (237) 640 (100) 260 ! (113) 1,610 (194) 3,190 (421) 950   (185) 490   (109) 1,760   (355)
Teachers 433,400 (8,589) 186,870 (4,498) 68,840   (2,748) 177,690 (8,011) 146,120 (3,316) 92,210 (2,001) 41,910   (2,054) 12,010   (1,874) 172,830 (6,093) 61,040 (2,838) 12,730   (1,389) 99,070 (5,822) 114,440 (5,551) 33,630   (2,610) 14,200   (1,498) 66,610   (5,111)
Teacher aides 52,960 (2,577) 26,740 (1,390) 1,740   (352) 24,480 (2,237) 14,730 (997) 12,820 (548) 270   (55) 1,640 ! (779) 15,280 (902) 7,260 (671) 240 ! (79) 7,780 (778) 22,950 (2,039) 6,650   (959) 1,230   (327) 15,060   (1,839)
Other aides 11,160 (1,243) 4,780 (517) 710   (206) 5,660 (1,254) 2,580 (351) 2,440 (355) 110 ! (56) 20 ! (11) 3,050 (387) 1,530 (306)   (†) 1,480 (222) 5,540 (1,295) 820 ! (250) 560 ! (206) 4,160 ! (1,261)
Guidance counselors 11,620 (504) 2,290 (131) 4,140   (211) 5,190 (439) 5,040 (257) 1,600 (93) 2,880   (160) 570   (119) 3,380 (267) 420 (73) 600   (81) 2,360 (227) 3,200 (369) 280   (61) 670   (86) 2,260   (364)
Librarians/media specialists 11,960 (346) 5,680 (202) 1,900   (106) 4,380 (293) 4,730 (137) 3,230 (116) 1,160   (63) 340   (58) 4,280 (235) 1,530 (125) 360   (66) 2,380 (217) 2,950 (200) 910   (115) 380   (63) 1,660   (167)
Library/media center aides 4,030 (254) 1,910 (161) 600   (84) 1,520 (178) 1,770 (149) 1,200 (126) 420   (67) 140   (39) 1,550 (183) 570 (91) 70 ! (22) 910 (156) 710 (108) 140 ! (41) 100 ! (48) 470   (85)
Nurses 8,160 (396) 3,350 (163) 1,580   (181) 3,240 (281) 2,970 (153) 2,180 (121) 600   (62) 190 ! (62) 2,230 (177) 780 (84) 230   (58) 1,220 (143) 2,970 (289) 380   (71) 760   (142) 1,830   (236)
Student support staff4 24,500 (1,227) 7,900 (569) 4,690   (523) 11,900 (1,030) 6,080 (507) 3,670 (282) 1,500   (230) 910 ! (350) 5,750 (633) 1,910 (245) 470 ! (146) 3,360 (602) 12,670 (999) 2,320   (437) 2,720   (472) 7,630   (871)
Secretaries/clerical staff 50,010 (1,437) 19,230 (684) 9,730   (532) 21,050 (1,111) 15,940 (541) 8,840 (261) 5,730   (384) 1,380   (262) 19,530 (802) 6,870 (435) 1,760   (231) 10,910 (692) 14,530 (992) 3,520   (385) 2,250   (296) 8,760   (887)
Food service personnel 27,610 (1,008) 11,900 (490) 5,420   (461) 10,290 (814) 11,220 (476) 6,920 (341) 3,300   (264) 1,000   (195) 10,510 (727) 3,720 (298) 910   (171) 5,880 (653) 5,880 (606) 1,270   (209) 1,210   (321) 3,400   (483)
Custodial and maintenance 45,170 (1,464) 17,590 (596) 8,340   (526) 19,250 (1,369) 14,800 (483) 9,120 (284) 4,320   (319) 1,360   (248) 17,270 (1,073) 5,770 (355) 1,470   (225) 10,020 (1,002) 13,110 (1,009) 2,700   (337) 2,550   (429) 7,860   (919)
Other employees5 20,880 (2,707) 6,180 (784) 5,870 ! (2,016) 8,840 (1,345) 3,620 (642) 1,730 (366) 1,140 ! (378)   (†) 6,980 (950) 2,800 (601)   (†) 3,540 (748) 10,280 (2,232) 1,640   (356) 4,090 ! (1,918) 4,550   (1,049)
  Students per FTE staff member Students per FTE staff member
Total FTE staff 7 (0.1) 8 (0.1) 7   (0.2) 6 (0.1) 9 (0.1) 9 (0.1) 9   (0.2) 7   (0.6) 7 (0.1) 7 (0.2) 6   (0.4) 7 (0.2) 4 (0.1) 5   (0.2) 3   (0.3) 4   (0.2)
Principals 170 (2.9) 161 (4.2) 253   (12.5) 157 (5.7) 288 (5.9) 245 (4.9) 500   (23.5) 273   (33.8) 133 (4.7) 118 (6.9) 119   (13.8) 146 (6.9) 123 (5.8) 89   (6.3) 98   (11.1) 162   (10.6)
Assistant principals 397 (12.5) 506 (24.5) 300   (17.1) 350 (17.6) 559 (22.0) 750 (41.9) 371   (17.1) 401   (60.3) 407 (22.3) 430 (28.8) 230   (47.6) 430 (30.3) 232 (15.6) 233   (28.9) 167   (30.1) 249   (21.1)
Other managers 199 (6.0) 269 (11.1) 165   (9.1) 159 (8.2) 317 (14.7) 470 (29.0) 195   (11.2) 201   (39.1) 221 (10.4) 234 (16.5) 150   (23.6) 225 (14.1) 97 (5.2) 98   (8.0) 90   (12.5) 97   (7.6)
Instruction coordinators 664 (43.6) 942 (91.0) 544   (83.9) 515 (55.3) 1,080 (147.3) 1,431 (279.8) 759   (183.2)   (†) 784 (72.1) 1,102 (175.4)   (†) 705 (90.8) 302 (33.7) 310   (50.1) 209   (53.1) 324   (60.6)
Teachers 12 (0.1) 13 (0.1) 12   (0.3) 10 (0.2) 15 (0.1) 16 (0.2) 15   (0.2) 12   (0.7) 11 (0.2) 12 (0.3) 10   (0.7) 11 (0.2) 8 (0.2) 9   (0.3) 7   (0.5) 9   (0.2)
Teacher aides 98 (4.9) 92 (4.5) 489   (123.0) 76 (7.2) 151 (10.0) 114 (4.6) 2,329   (617.7)   (†) 129 (7.5) 98 (7.4)   (†) 146 (12.8) 42 (4.4) 44   (6.5) 82 ! (29.7) 38   (5.7)
Other aides 463 (53.6) 515 (57.9) 1,190 ! (407.3) 327 (87.8) 864 (141.3) 598 (103.4)   (†)   (†) 648 (83.3) 464 (103.6)   (†) 767 (123.2) 174 (49.2) 361 ! (139.0)   (†) 137 ! (60.7)
Guidance counselors 444 (16.5) 1,073 (55.9) 206   (6.9) 357 (24.4) 441 (17.9) 912 (49.6) 216   (5.9) 256   (34.1) 585 (39.0) 1,689 (247.6) 216   (18.5) 481 (38.8) 301 (28.0) 1,072   (297.2) 152   (20.3) 252   (30.2)
Librarians/media specialists 432 (9.7) 434 (12.8) 447   (19.7) 423 (18.3) 470 (11.5) 451 (15.7) 535   (21.4) 431   (55.7) 462 (18.7) 463 (25.3) 354   (50.3) 478 (30.0) 327 (15.3) 324   (36.0) 267   (29.4) 342   (17.1)
Library/media center aides 1,283 (77.5) 1,288 (106.6) 1,427   (202.0) 1,219 (142.7) 1,258 (107.6) 1,210 (124.6) 1,475   (256.0) 1,027 ! (371.4) 1,274 (145.0) 1,243 (207.8) 1,820 ! (798.8) 1,251 (234.4) 1,363 (220.2) 2,172 ! (876.5)   (†) 1,216   (231.0)
Nurses 633 (26.9) 736 (33.2) 539   (57.7) 572 (46.1) 750 (38.6) 668 (33.3) 1,041   (117.0) 775 ! (324.2) 887 (64.5) 906 (90.6) 567 ! (174.4) 933 (104.7) 325 (30.3) 775   (151.0) 134   (30.3) 310   (36.4)
Student support staff4 211 (10.2) 312 (21.7) 181   (20.4) 156 (13.9) 366 (28.0) 397 (27.3) 414   (64.1)   (†) 344 (39.1) 371 (48.7) 271 ! (111.5) 338 (61.8) 76 (6.8) 127   (27.7) 37   (7.8) 74   (10.1)
Secretaries/clerical staff 103 (2.1) 128 (3.0) 87   (3.6) 88 (3.2) 140 (3.2) 165 (4.0) 108   (4.6) 106   (12.9) 101 (3.0) 103 (4.3) 73   (6.9) 104 (4.2) 66 (3.6) 84   (5.4) 45   (5.3) 65   (4.7)
Food service personnel 187 (6.4) 207 (8.7) 157   (13.1) 180 (11.7) 198 (7.4) 211 (9.8) 188   (14.1) 146   (22.0) 188 (12.0) 191 (15.9) 142   (32.0) 193 (17.8) 164 (15.1) 233   (34.9) 84 ! (32.3) 167   (19.8)
Custodial and maintenance 114 (2.8) 140 (3.4) 102   (5.3) 96 (5.2) 150 (3.5) 160 (4.3) 144   (7.0) 107   (10.3) 114 (5.8) 123 (6.7) 87   (9.1) 113 (9.2) 74 (4.3) 109   (10.7) 40   (5.3) 72   (5.6)
Other employees5 247 (29.7) 399 (49.5) 145 ! (55.5) 209 (32.7) 614 (120.7) 841 (193.8) 547 ! (233.0)   (†) 283 (39.1) 254 (55.1)   (†) 321 (84.4) 94 (20.6) 180   (44.9)   (†) 125   (30.8)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater.
1 Includes schools beginning with grade 6 or below and with no grade higher than 8.
2 Schools with no grade lower than 7.
3 Schools with grades lower than 7 and higher than 8.
4 Includes student support services professional staff, such as school psychologists, social workers, and speech therapists or pathologists.
5 Includes other employees not identified by function.
NOTE: FTE staff consists of the total number of full-time staff, plus 48 percent of the number of part-time staff; this percentage was estimated based on the number of hours that part-time staff reported working. Data are based on a sample survey and may not be strictly comparable with data reported elsewhere. Excludes all prekindergarten students from calculations, but includes kindergarten students attending schools that offer first or higher grade. Includes only schools that offer first or higher grade. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Private School Questionnaire," 2007-08. (This table was prepared October 2009.)
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