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Table 63. Private elementary and secondary enrollment, number of schools, and average tuition, by school level, orientation, and tuition: 1999–2000, 2003–04, and 2007-08
School orientation and tuition Kindergarten through 12th-grade enrollment1 Schools Average tuition charged to students2  (in current dollars)
Total Elementary Secondary Combined Total Elementary Secondary Combined Total Elementary Secondary Combined
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1999-2000                                                
Total 5,262,850 (131,001) 2,920,680 (55,056) 818,920 (34,102) 1,523,240 (88,816) 27,220 (239) 16,560 (278) 2,580 (126) 8,080 (276) $4,689 (254.3) $3,267 (128.3) $6,053 (1,529.3) $6,779 (798.1)
Catholic 2,548,710 (23,352) 1,810,330 (18,134) 616,190 (25,935) 122,190 (15,613) 7,930 (41) 6,530 (68) 1,100 (56) 300 (28) 3,236 (439.8) 2,451 (109.4) 4,845 (253.7) 6,780 (1,159.7)
Other religious 1,871,850 (86,781) 831,060 (41,035) 115,010 (10,980) 925,780 (66,926) 12,520 (271) 6,610 (231) 720 (76) 5,190 (243) 4,063 (936.7) 3,503 (609.1) 6,536 (787.7) 4,260 (1,240.4)
Nonsectarian 842,290 (61,373) 279,290 (28,987) 87,720 (11,774) 475,270 (43,377) 5,130 (156) 2,780 (153) 590 (90) 1,770 (151) 10,992 (928.4) 7,884 (1,727.8) 14,638 (1,279.2) 12,363 (3,043.5)
                                                 
2003-04                                                
Total 5,059,450 (104,287) 2,675,960 (55,714) 832,320 (54,051) 1,551,170 (82,059) 28,380 (262) 17,330 (262) 2,660 (206) 8,400 (217) $6,600 (144.5) $5,049 (119.5) $8,412 (433.4) $8,302 (289.7)
Catholic 2,320,040 (49,156) 1,645,680 (41,231) 584,250 (32,236) 90,110 (14,746) 7,920 (35) 6,530 (50) 1,060 (39) 320 (39) 4,250 (95.9) 3,530 (105.9) 6,050 (130.6) 5,800 (883.0)
Other religious 1,746,460 (63,090) 714,860 (28,935) 107,980 (33,776) 923,630 (48,379) 13,660 (203) 7,280 (200) 640 (175) 5,740 (182) 5,840 (143.9) 5,400 (161.4) 9,540 (962.6) 5,750 (230.3)
Nonsectarian 992,940 (71,519) 315,430 (30,820) 140,080 (27,556) 537,440 (59,332) 6,810 (136) 3,510 (141) 960 (108) 2,340 (144) 13,420 (379.1) 12,170 (468.5) 17,410 (1,987.6) 13,110 (480.4)
                                                 
2007-08                                                
Total 5,165,280 (104,435) 2,462,980 (58,830) 850,750 (38,553) 1,851,550 (91,348) 28,220 (328) 16,370 (291) 3,040 (149) 8,810 (254) $8,549 (176.0) $6,733 (180.6) $10,549 (355.5) $10,045 (371.6)
Less than $2,499 455,850 (33,102) 271,960 (21,952) (†) 173,660 (24,693) 6,100 (347) 3,450 (229) (†) 2,370 (226) 1,670 (80.6) 1,938 (80.7) (†) 1,313 (175.7)
$2,500 to $3,499 666,450 (42,950) 478,050 (33,038) (†) 168,440 (26,113) 3,930 (257) 2,820 (225) (†) 1,020 (119) 3,428 (41.0) 3,453 (43.2) (†) 3,416 (116.5)
$3,500 to $5,999 1,790,410 (77,850) 1,066,750 (45,444) 143,510 (19,815) 580,150 (53,528) 9,110 (341) 6,100 (263) 550 (76) 2,460 (192) 5,206 (41.6) 5,218 (49.3) 5,081 (80.0) 5,214 (89.0)
$6,000 to $9,999 1,155,290 (60,342) 366,470 (37,396) 455,840 (33,376) 332,980 (36,574) 4,460 (232) 2,390 (188) 1,050 (85) 1,020 (114) 8,264 (100.6) 9,231 (286.7) 7,657 (104.7) 8,031 (191.9)
$10,000 or more 1,097,280 (67,145) 279,740 (31,540) 221,210 (23,837) 596,320 (60,614) 4,630 (232) 1,620 (156) 1,070 (96) 1,940 (150) 20,272 (513.4) 19,510 (1,006.4) 21,202 (1,081.1) 20,285 (712.1)
                                                 
Catholic 2,224,470 (49,385) 1,457,960 (32,114) 620,840 (32,581) 145,680 (25,445) 7,400 (34) 5,950 (57) 1,080 (46) 370 (39) 6,018 (180.3) 4,944 (211.6) 7,826 (231.8) 9,066 (964.2)
Less than $2,499 190,800 (20,946) 174,580 (20,080) (†) (†) 1,130 (102) 1,050 (96) (†) (†) 2,144 (75.7) 2,166 (74.7) (†) (†)
$2,500 to $3,499 428,610 (35,795) 396,980 (32,130) (†) (†) 1,680 (131) 1,630 (126) (†) (†) 3,352 (42.8) 3,385 (45.8) (†) (†)
$3,500 to $5,999 826,120 (37,974) 683,980 (32,576) 111,770 (16,043) (†) 3,040 (131) 2,680 (117) 280 (43) (†) 4,896 (48.8) 4,864 (56.7) 5,150 (80.2) (†)
$6,000 to $9,999 607,980 (49,329) 165,120 (28,123) 395,900 (30,158) (†) 1,170 (102) 470 (72) 630 (49) (†) 7,682 (116.3) 7,785 (240.4) 7,650 (116.7) (†)
$10,000 or more 170,960 (27,585) (†) (†) (†) 380 (62) (†) (†) (†) 16,536 (1,704.9) (†) (†) (†)
                                                 
Other religious 1,975,980 (81,216) 709,730 (36,666) 128,550 (15,136) 1,137,700 (75,038) 13,950 (282) 7,170 (228) 960 (85) 5,820 (192) 7,117 (237.1) 6,576 (241.5) 10,493 (1,336.5) 7,073 (358.7)
Less than $2,499 221,810 (25,272) 94,820 (10,131) (†) 122,890 (21,602) 4,160 (294) 2,320 (215) (†) 1,780 (185) 1,577 (129.3) 1,552 (178.6) (†) 1,601 (185.7)
$2,500 to $3,499 208,200 (24,333) 77,840 (11,714) (†) 129,590 (23,401) 2,020 (208) 1,120 (175) (†) 880 (115) 3,520 (84.3) 3,758 (170.4) (†) 3,380 (74.7)
$3,500 to $5,999 860,370 (59,588) 340,150 (27,800) (†) 489,390 (49,116) 5,030 (257) 2,640 (170) (†) 2,160 (175) 5,372 (74.8) 5,568 (110.6) (†) 5,269 (100.8)
$6,000 to $9,999 384,850 (39,687) 103,280 (15,561) 57,150 (10,809) 224,420 (33,273) 1,640 (137) 680 (94) 370 (65) 600 (72) 8,045 (155.1) 8,807 (429.9) 7,683 (187.6) 7,787 (163.8)
$10,000 or more 300,750 (34,146) 93,640 (19,216) (†) 171,400 (31,330) 1,100 (114) 420 (72) (†) 420 (81) 17,497 (759.9) 15,209 (632.4) (†) 18,008 (1,196.0)
                                                 
Nonsectarian 964,830 (55,074) 295,280 (25,191) 101,370 (12,739) 568,180 (48,321) 6,860 (119) 3,240 (143) 1,010 (87) 2,620 (138) 17,316 (555.2) 15,945 (702.2) 27,302 (1,506.3) 16,247 (795.3)
Less than $2,499 43,250 (6,840) (†) (†) (†) 800 (113) (†) (†) (†) 54 (33.2) (†) (†) (†)
$2,500 to $3,499 (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
$3,500 to $5,999 103,930 (18,494) 42,610 (7,809) (†) (†) 1,040 (143) 770 (139) (†) (†) 6,289 (352.1) 8,094 (687.4) (†) (†)
$6,000 to $9,999 162,450 (24,872) 98,070 (16,434) (†) (†) 1,650 (168) 1,250 (151) (†) (†) 10,963 (530.4) 12,111 (792.2) (†) (†)
$10,000 or more 625,570 (45,837) 148,810 (20,542) 90,480 (12,896) 386,280 (43,701) 3,150 (177) 1,070 (129) 660 (77) 1,410 (131) 22,628 (703.0) 21,232 (1,046.6) 30,265 (1,589.3) 21,377 (983.4)
†Not applicable.
‡Reporting standards not met.
1 Only includes kindergarten students who attend schools that offer first or higher grade.
2 Tuition weighted by the number of students enrolled in schools.
NOTE: Excludes schools not offering first or higher grade. Elementary schools have grade 6 or lower and no grade higher than 8. Secondary schools have no grade lower than 7. Combined schools have grades lower than 7 and higher than 8. Excludes prekindergarten students. Includes schools reporting tuition of 0. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and cell suppression. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Private School Questionnaire," 1999-2000, 2003-04, and 2007-08. (This table was prepared in October 2009.)
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