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Table 205.50. Private elementary and secondary enrollment, number of schools, and average tuition, by school level, orientation, and tuition: Selected years, 1999–2000 through 2011-12
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
School orientation and tuition Kindergarten through 12th-grade enrollment1 Total schools Average tuition charged2  (in current dollars) Average tuition charged2  (in constant 2012-13 dollars), total
Total Elementary Secondary Combined Total Elementary Secondary Combined
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1999-2000                                                            
Total 5,262,850   (131,001) 2,920,680   (55,057) 818,920   (34,102) 1,523,240   (88,816) 27,220   (239) $4,980   (157) $3,740   (249) $6,080   (175) $6,760   (261) $6,820   (215)
Catholic 2,548,710   (23,352) 1,810,330   (18,134) 616,200   (25,935) 122,190   (15,613) 8,100   (24) 3,340   (57) 2,600   (47) 4,830   (92) 6,890   (690) 4,570   (78)
Other religious 1,871,850   (86,782) 831,060   (41,035) 115,010   (10,981) 925,780   (66,926) 13,270   (237) 4,440   (153) 4,070   (130) 6,400   (456) 4,520   (280) 6,080   (210)
Nonsectarian 842,290   (61,373) 279,290   (28,987) 87,720   (11,774) 475,270   (43,377) 5,850   (76) 11,120   (775) 10,130   (1,921) 14,450   (1,461) 11,090   (801) 15,220   (1,061)
                                                             
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) $6,600   (145) $5,050   (120) $8,410   (433) $8,300   (290) $8,220   (180)
Catholic 2,320,040   (49,156) 1,645,680   (41,231) 584,250   (32,236) 90,110   (14,746) 7,920   (35) 4,250   (96) 3,530   (106) 6,050   (131) 5,800   (883) 5,290   (119)
Other religious 1,746,460   (63,090) 714,860   (28,935) 107,980 ! (33,776) 923,630   (48,379) 13,660   (203) 5,840   (144) 5,400   (161) 9,540   (963) 5,750   (230) 7,270   (179)
Nonsectarian 992,940   (71,519) 315,430   (30,820) 140,080   (27,556) 537,440   (59,332) 6,810   (136) 13,420   (379) 12,170   (468) 17,410   (1,988) 13,110   (480) 16,720   (472)
                                                             
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) $8,550   (176) $6,730   (181) $10,550   (356) $10,050   (372) $9,360   (193)
Less than $3,500 1,122,300   (50,988) 750,020   (35,402)   (†) 342,100   (35,615) 10,030   (344) 2,710   (61) 2,900   (54)   (†) 2,350   (134) 2,970   (67)
$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) 5,210   (42) 5,220   (49) 5,080   (80) 5,210   (89) 5,700   (46)
$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) 8,260   (101) 9,230   (287) 7,660   (105) 8,030   (192) 9,040   (110)
$10,000 to $14,999 503,380   (45,776) 169,970   (26,731)   (†) 237,850   (37,089) 1,980   (154) 13,640   (319) 15,730   (696)   (†) 12,910   (318) 14,930   (350)
$15,000 or more 593,900   (50,049) 109,770   (19,266) 125,660   (15,623) 358,470   (43,060) 2,650   (187) 25,890   (768) 25,360   (1,940) 28,400   (1,327) 25,180   (1,061) 28,350   (840)
                                                             
Catholic 2,224,470   (49,385) 1,457,960   (32,114) 620,840   (32,581) 145,680   (25,445) 7,400   (34) 6,020   (180) 4,940   (212) 7,830   (232) 9,070   (964) 6,590   (197)
Less than $3,500 619,410   (37,867) 571,560   (34,303)   (†)   (†) 2,810   (132) 2,980   (55) 3,010   (57)   (†)   (†) 3,260   (60)
$3,500 to $5,999 826,120   (37,974) 683,980   (32,576) 111,770   (16,043)   (†) 3,040   (131) 4,900   (49) 4,860   (57) 5,150   (80)   (†) 5,360   (53)
$6,000 to $9,999 607,980   (49,329) 165,120   (28,123) 395,900   (30,158)   (†) 1,170   (102) 7,680   (116) 7,790   (240) 7,650   (117)   (†) 8,410   (127)
$10,000 to $14,999   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
$15,000 or more   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                             
Other religious 1,975,980   (81,216) 709,730   (36,666) 128,550   (15,136) 1,137,700   (75,038) 13,950   (282) 7,120   (237) 6,580   (241) 10,490   (1,336) 7,070   (359) 7,800   (260)
Less than $3,500 430,010   (31,875) 172,660   (14,154)   (†) 252,490   (29,920) 6,180   (291) 2,520   (106) 2,550   (167)   (†) 2,510   (133) 2,760   (116)
$3,500 to $5,999 860,370   (59,588) 340,150   (27,800)   (†) 489,390   (49,116) 5,030   (257) 5,370   (75) 5,570   (111)   (†) 5,270   (101) 5,880   (82)
$6,000 to $9,999 384,850   (39,687) 103,280   (15,561) 57,150   (10,809) 224,420   (33,273) 1,640   (137) 8,050   (155) 8,810   (430) 7,680   (188) 7,790   (164) 8,810   (170)
$10,000 to $14,999 167,770   (25,960)   (†)   (†)   (†) 620   (83) 13,230   (401)   (†)   (†)   (†) 14,490   (439)
$15,000 or more 132,980   (24,657)   (†)   (†)   (†) 480   (91) 22,880   (1,053)   (†)   (†)   (†) 25,050   (1,153)
                                                             
Nonsectarian 964,830   (55,074) 295,280   (25,191) 101,370   (12,739) 568,180   (48,321) 6,860   (119) 17,320   (555) 15,940   (702) 27,300   (1,506) 16,250   (795) 18,960   (608)
Less than $3,500 72,890   (10,998)   (†)   (†) 59,910   (10,584) 1,030   (125) 1,610   (387)   (†)   (†) 1,640   (467) 1,760   (423)
$3,500 to $5,999 103,930   (18,494) 42,610   (7,809)   (†)   (†) 1,040   (143) 6,290   (352) 8,090   (687)   (†)   (†) 6,890   (386)
$6,000 to $9,999 162,450   (24,872) 98,070   (16,434)   (†)   (†) 1,650   (168) 10,960   (530) 12,110   (792)   (†)   (†) 12,000   (581)
$10,000 to $14,999 208,670   (29,194) 77,450   (15,769)   (†) 126,610   (25,784) 1,150   (124) 14,890   (567) 17,750   (1,501)   (†) 13,230   (336) 16,300   (621)
$15,000 or more 416,900   (39,779) 71,360   (14,776) 85,870   (13,205) 259,670   (38,826) 2,000   (157) 26,500   (943) 25,010   (1,422) 31,220   (1,647) 25,350   (1,334) 29,010   (1,033)
                                                             
2011-12                                                            
Total 4,479,530   (105,651) 2,133,810   (59,964) 731,620   (53,646) 1,614,100   (98,602) 26,230   (541) $10,740   (316) $7,770   (211) $13,030   (727) $13,640   (753) $10,940   (321)
Less than $3,500 618,710   (45,753) 404,700   (36,956) 42,580 ! (13,642) 171,430   (23,140) 7,950   (581) 2,190   (112) 2,410   (139) 1,370   (392) 1,870   (182) 2,230   (114)
$3,500 to $5,999 1,351,550   (64,739) 946,810   (56,403)   (†) 364,520   (30,056) 7,800   (326) 5,300   (58) 5,350   (67)   (†) 5,250   (118) 5,400   (59)
$6,000 to $9,999 1,167,820   (80,517) 467,040   (41,842) 275,980   (29,528) 424,800   (62,852) 5,070   (279) 8,560   (124) 9,090   (230) 7,980   (172) 8,360   (251) 8,720   (126)
$10,000 to $14,999 534,560   (45,926) 143,500   (18,976) 208,750   (38,977) 182,310   (36,985) 1,840   (150) 13,400   (207) 15,050   (454) 11,960   (225) 13,750   (348) 13,650   (211)
$15,000 or more 806,880   (69,846) 171,760   (25,237) 164,090   (32,298) 471,040   (65,345) 3,570   (194) 27,820   (951) 24,020   (960) 28,000   (2,487) 29,140   (1,274) 28,340   (969)
                                                             
Catholic 1,892,480   (59,899) 1,244,480   (36,762) 511,870   (43,761) 136,130   (19,283) 6,760   (39) 6,890   (185) 5,330   (128) 9,790   (405) 10,230   (1,230) 7,020   (188)
Less than $3,500 307,610   (35,036) 259,330   (33,704)   (†)   (†) 1,730   (170) 2,580   (123) 2,690   (122)   (†)   (†) 2,630   (125)
$3,500 to $5,999 781,420   (53,974) 716,630   (50,260)   (†)   (†) 3,070   (187) 5,110   (68) 5,120   (72)   (†)   (†) 5,200   (69)
$6,000 to $9,999 516,660   (48,765) 243,570   (35,924) 234,460   (29,418)   (†) 1,320   (126) 7,850   (139) 7,820   (210) 7,970   (199)   (†) 8,000   (141)
$10,000 to $14,999 221,150   (36,032)   (†) 177,560   (34,919)   (†) 440   (68) 12,290   (240)   (†) 12,020   (252)   (†) 12,520   (245)
$15,000 or more   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                             
Other religious 1,604,900   (84,424) 609,930   (38,479) 116,660   (31,187) 878,320   (77,923) 13,040   (550) 8,690   (397) 7,960   (447) 16,520   (2,288) 8,160   (518) 8,850   (405)
Less than $3,500 243,840   (25,511) 136,240   (19,015)   (†) 103,980   (13,231) 5,190   (518) 2,090   (156) 1,860   (245)   (†) 2,440   (169) 2,130   (159)
$3,500 to $5,999 507,660   (38,017) 214,270   (23,446)   (†) 286,370   (28,337) 4,280   (259) 5,540   (101) 5,980   (183)   (†) 5,220   (123) 5,640   (103)
$6,000 to $9,999 532,720   (61,948) 144,110   (26,978) 40,740   (7,928) 347,870   (59,370) 2,220   (228) 8,460   (186) 9,010   (269) 8,030   (196) 8,280   (260) 8,620   (190)
$10,000 to $14,999 165,130   (32,486)   (†)   (†)   (†) 630   (89) 13,490   (359)   (†)   (†)   (†) 13,740   (366)
$15,000 or more 155,550   (33,317)   (†)   (†)   (†) 720   (126) 25,000   (2,243)   (†)   (†)   (†) 25,460   (2,285)
                                                             
Nonsectarian 982,140   (67,032) 279,400   (21,508) 103,090   (19,049) 599,650   (61,512) 6,430   (68) 21,510   (1,018) 18,170   (906) 25,180   (2,907) 22,440   (1,503) 21,910   (1,037)
Less than $3,500 67,260   (15,092)   (†)   (†) 47,370 ! (14,470) 1,040   (140) 740 ! (285)   (†)   (†) 490 ! (244) 750 ! (290)
$3,500 to $5,999   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
$6,000 to $9,999 118,440   (21,597) 79,370   (7,976)   (†)   (†) 1,530   (119) 12,130   (628) 13,140   (683)   (†)   (†) 12,350   (640)
$10,000 to $14,999 148,280   (33,642) 59,130   (11,788)   (†)   (†) 770   (106) 14,950   (418) 15,960   (908)   (†)   (†) 15,230   (426)
$15,000 or more 585,680   (66,696) 115,850   (20,781) 74,630   (16,406) 395,200   (61,972) 2,640   (165) 29,160   (1,092) 25,490   (1,219) 32,120   (3,206) 29,670   (1,368) 29,700   (1,112)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Only includes kindergarten students who attend schools that offer first or higher grade.
2 Each school reports the highest annual tuition charged for a full-time student; this amount does not take into account discounts that individual students may receive. This amount is weighted by the number of students enrolled in each school and averaged.
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 include those that have grades lower than 7 and higher than 8, as well as those that do not classify students by grade level. Excludes prekindergarten students. Includes a small percentage of schools reporting tuition of 0; these private schools are often under contract to public school districts to provide special education services. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and cell suppression. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Private School Data File," 1999-2000, 2003-04, 2007-08, and 2011-12. (This table was prepared in June 2013.)
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