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Table 62. Number and percentage distribution of private elementary and secondary students, teachers, and schools, by orientation of school and selected school and student characteristics: Fall 2007
Selected characteristic Total Catholic Other religious Nonsectarian
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Students1                                 
Total 5,910,210 (28,363) 100 (†) 2,308,150 (6,083) 100 (†) 2,283,210 (20,628) 100 (†) 1,318,850 (18,235) 100 (†)
Level of school                                
Elementary 3,228,310 (17,116) 55 (0.2) 1,602,010 (4,206) 69 (0.2) 976,270 (14,547) 43 (0.4) 650,020 (7,939) 49 (0.7)
Secondary 827,390 (10,804) 14 (0.2) 594,860 (743) 26 (0.1) 128,040 (2,123) 6 (0.1) 104,480 (10,613) 8 (0.7)
Combined 1,854,510 (19,370) 31 (0.2) 111,270 (5,363) 5 (0.2) 1,178,900 (13,373) 52 (0.4) 564,350 (12,855) 43 (0.7)
                                 
School enrollment                                
Less than 50 671,350 (10,026) 11 (0.2) 17,930 (364) 1 (#) 303,320 (8,012) 13 (0.3) 350,100 (5,044) 27 (0.4)
50 to 149 953,160 (16,066) 16 (0.2) 208,370 (2,309) 9 (0.1) 482,580 (13,839) 21 (0.5) 262,220 (7,255) 20 (0.5)
150 to 299 1,415,000 (6,158) 24 (0.1) 697,590 (4,483) 30 (0.2) 510,920 (3,577) 22 (0.2) 206,500 (3,256) 16 (0.3)
300 to 499 1,158,420 (4,918) 20 (0.1) 617,850 (2,955) 27 (0.1) 372,650 (4,378) 16 (0.2) 167,920 (3,129) 13 (0.3)
500 to 749 783,200 (4,374) 13 (0.1) 401,540 (3,675) 17 (0.1) 259,580 (2,371) 11 (0.1) 122,080 (†) 9 (0.1)
750 or more 929,080 (16,638) 16 (0.2) 364,870 (†) 16 (#) 354,170 (7,000) 16 (0.3) 210,030 (15,093) 16 (1.0)
                                 
Student race/ethnicity2                                
White 3,779,030 (22,170) 75 (0.2) 1,575,890 (5,136) 73 (0.1) 1,486,660 (13,621) 77 (0.4) 716,480 (16,182) 73 (0.5)
Black 496,580 (4,455) 10 (0.1) 170,830 (642) 8 (#) 214,190 (4,191) 11 (0.2) 111,560 (1,118) 11 (0.2)
Hispanic 487,770 (7,435) 10 (0.1) 289,920 (1,986) 13 (0.1) 128,300 (7,083) 7 (0.3) 69,550 (1,188) 7 (0.1)
Asian/Pacific Islander 276,380 (3,537) 5 (0.1) 106,590 (162) 5 (#) 90,330 (2,470) 5 (0.1) 79,450 (2,817) 8 (0.3)
American Indian/Alaska
    Native
32,730 (1,217) 1 (#) 12,980 (21) 1 (#) 11,220 (1,211) 1 (0.1) 8,530 (127) 1 (#)
                                 
Type of locale                                
City 2,429,570 (13,222) 41 (0.2) 1,049,480 (4,213) 45 (0.1) 871,710 (9,337) 38 (0.4) 508,380 (5,557) 39 (0.5)
Suburban 2,382,550 (12,070) 40 (0.2) 945,360 (3,530) 41 (0.1) 875,540 (10,021) 38 (0.4) 561,660 (6,031) 43 (0.6)
Town 411,700 (5,477) 7 (0.1) 196,990 (1,052) 9 (0.1) 161,070 (5,209) 7 (0.2) 53,640 (1,292) 4 (0.1)
Rural 686,390 (21,308) 12 (0.3) 116,320 (3,985) 5 (0.2) 374,900 (13,812) 16 (0.5) 195,170 (15,864) 15 (1.0)
                                 
Teachers3                                 
Total 456,270 (2,897) 100 (†) 146,630 (395) 100 (†) 183,310 (1,909) 100 (†) 126,330 (1,966) 100 (†)
Level of school                                
Elementary 207,230 (1,433) 45 (0.3) 94,800 (329) 65 (0.1) 67,260 (1,122) 37 (0.4) 45,170 (685) 36 (0.6)
Secondary 69,240 (767) 15 (0.2) 42,400 (110) 29 (0.1) 12,940 (169) 7 (0.1) 13,910 (743) 11 (0.5)
Combined 179,800 (2,184) 39 (0.3) 9,430 (223) 6 (0.1) 103,120 (1,392) 56 (0.4) 67,240 (1,637) 53 (0.8)
                                 
School enrollment                                
Less than 50 48,310 (1,208) 11 (0.2) 1,550 (41) 1 (#) 23,890 (1,037) 13 (0.5) 22,860 (523) 18 (0.4)
50 to 149 88,250 (1,520) 19 (0.3) 16,890 (255) 12 (0.2) 42,800 (1,166) 23 (0.5) 28,560 (821) 23 (0.6)
150 to 299 105,570 (641) 23 (0.2) 43,240 (296) 29 (0.2) 40,570 (405) 22 (0.3) 21,750 (417) 17 (0.4)
300 to 499 84,750 (332) 19 (0.1) 37,720 (160) 26 (0.1) 29,010 (355) 16 (0.2) 18,020 (270) 14 (0.3)
500 to 749 57,940 (537) 13 (0.1) 24,290 (39) 17 (0.1) 20,370 (535) 11 (0.3) 13,280 (†) 11 (0.2)
750 or more 71,450 (1,618) 16 (0.3) 22,930 (†) 16 (#) 26,680 (379) 15 (0.2) 21,850 (1,573) 17 (1.0)
                                 
Type of locale                                
City 185,530 (1,253) 41 (0.3) 66,010 (201) 45 (0.1) 69,640 (916) 38 (0.5) 49,870 (569) 39 (0.6)
Suburban 177,160 (1,322) 39 (0.3) 58,450 (276) 40 (0.1) 67,810 (901) 37 (0.5) 50,900 (680) 40 (0.6)
Town 32,490 (917) 7 (0.2) 13,710 (63) 9 (0.1) 13,660 (891) 7 (0.5) 5,120 (209) 4 (0.2)
Rural 61,090 (2,025) 13 (0.4) 8,450 (229) 6 (0.1) 32,200 (1,135) 18 (0.5) 20,430 (1,664) 16 (1.1)
                                 
Schools                                
Total 33,740 (370) 100 (†) 7,510 (37) 100 (†) 15,400 (296) 100 (†) 10,830 (179) 100 (†)
Level of school                                
Elementary 21,870 (293) 65 (0.4) 6,070 (30) 81 (0.3) 8,610 (224) 56 (0.7) 7,180 (156) 66 (0.7)
Secondary 2,930 (67) 9 (0.2) 1,090 (17) 15 (0.2) 840 (22) 5 (0.2) 1,000 (61) 9 (0.5)
Combined 8,940 (160) 26 (0.4) 340 (19) 5 (0.3) 5,950 (143) 39 (0.7) 2,640 (64) 24 (0.6)
                                 
School enrollment                                
Less than 50 14,370 (311) 43 (0.5) 360 (20) 5 (0.3) 7,210 (241) 47 (0.8) 6,800 (159) 63 (0.7)
50 to 149 8,510 (148) 25 (0.4) 1,710 (29) 23 (0.3) 4,440 (118) 29 (0.6) 2,360 (74) 22 (0.6)
150 to 299 5,970 (27) 18 (0.2) 2,940 (18) 39 (0.3) 2,160 (15) 14 (0.3) 880 (17) 8 (0.2)
300 to 499 2,800 (13) 8 (0.1) 1,500 (6) 20 (0.1) 900 (11) 6 (0.1) 410 (9) 4 (0.1)
500 to 749 1,240 (8) 4 (#) 650 (7) 9 (0.1) 400 (4) 3 (0.1) 190 (†) 2 (#)
750 or more 850 (17) 3 (0.1) 350 (†) 5 (#) 310 (9) 2 (0.1) 190 (14) 2 (0.1)
                                 
Type of locale                                
City 11,210 (100) 33 (0.4) 3,080 (14) 41 (0.2) 4,460 (54) 29 (0.6) 3,680 (63) 34 (0.5)
Suburban 12,670 (198) 38 (0.5) 2,770 (26) 37 (0.2) 4,850 (115) 32 (0.8) 5,040 (124) 47 (0.8)
Town 3,300 (130) 10 (0.4) 1,020 (15) 14 (0.2) 1,680 (105) 11 (0.6) 600 (75) 6 (0.7)
Rural 6,560 (263) 19 (0.6) 640 (24) 9 (0.3) 4,410 (254) 29 (1.2) 1,520 (70) 14 (0.6)
†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 an estimated 837,719 prekindergarten private school students. Percentage distribution is calculated based on the students for whom race/ethnicity is known.
3 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), 2007–08. (This table was prepared June 2009.)

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