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Table 3.  Percentage distribution of students, by sex, race/ethnicity, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2007–08
Sex Race/ethnicity
School type and selected
 school characteristic
White, non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic Hispanic, regardless of race American Indian/Alaska Native Asian/Pacific Islander
Male   Female            
All schools  50.2   49.8   59.3   15.3   19.3   1.4   4.6  
                             
All public schools  50.2   49.8   57.8   16.0   20.4   1.4   4.4  
                             
School classification                             
Traditional public  50.2   49.8   58.2   15.7   20.3   1.4   4.4  
Charter school  49.1   50.9   41.0   29.0   23.8   2.3   3.8  
                             
Community type                             
City  49.3   50.7   33.5   25.1   33.4   0.9   7.0  
Suburban  50.4   49.6   59.7   14.8   19.2   0.9   5.4  
Town  50.3   49.7   69.5   11.0   15.2   2.6   1.7  
Rural  50.7   49.3   75.0   10.4   10.7   2.1   1.7  
                             
School level                             
Elementary  50.3   49.7   55.8   16.2   22.1   1.4   4.5  
Secondary  49.8   50.2   60.1   15.9   18.2   1.2   4.7  
Combined  52.1   47.9   69.5   12.7   12.6   3.6   1.6  
                             
Student enrollment                             
Less than 100  57.3   42.7   64.8   13.7   16.4   4.1   1.0 !
100-199  51.3   48.7   68.7   13.2   12.8   3.3   1.9  
200-499  50.4   49.6   61.3   17.6   16.0   2.1   3.0  
500-749  50.6   49.4   59.2   14.9   20.3   1.3   4.3  
750-999  50.2   49.8   54.9   16.1   23.7   0.9   4.4  
1,000 or more  49.4   50.6   53.8   15.6   23.5   0.9   6.2  
                             
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                           
0-34  50.2   49.8   75.0   8.4   10.8   0.8   5.1  
35-49  50.4   49.6   63.1   15.9   15.7   1.3   4.0  
50-74  50.3   49.7   45.8   22.5   26.0   1.8   3.8  
75 or more  49.4   50.6   20.3   28.7   44.8   2.6   3.7  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
52.1   47.9   67.0   12.4   12.6   1.5   6.4 !
                             
All BIE schools  49.7   50.3   1.2   0.1   0.2   98.5   #  
                             
All private schools  50.5   49.5   74.3   9.5   9.4   0.7   6.0  
                             
School classification                             
Catholic  49.4   50.6   73.3   7.5   13.6   0.7   4.9  
Other religious  50.9   49.1   75.7   11.8   6.0   0.7 ! 5.8  
Nonsectarian  52.4   47.6   73.8   9.5   6.9   1.0 ! 8.9  
                             
Community type                             
City  50.7   49.3   67.6   12.4   12.3   0.7   7.0  
Suburban  50.3   49.7   76.1   9.0   8.6   0.6   5.7  
Town  50.4   49.6   87.8   3.2   3.3   0.7 ! 5.1 !
Rural  50.7   49.3   84.8   4.7   5.6   1.6 ! 3.4  
                             
School level                             
Elementary  50.4   49.6   71.9   9.9   11.2   0.8   6.2  
Secondary  49.6   50.4   75.9   7.1   10.1   0.9 ! 6.0  
Combined  51.2   48.8   76.9   10.1   6.8   0.5   5.7  
                             
Student enrollment                             
Less than 100  53.4   46.6   71.9   14.3   8.5   1.0   4.3  
100-199  51.7   48.3   68.1   15.1   9.9   1.2 ! 5.6  
200-499  48.9   51.1   74.1   8.9   10.5   0.5   5.9  
500-749  48.2   51.8   77.7   5.5   9.5   0.6   6.7  
750 or more  53.5   46.5   79.1   6.2   7.2   0.7 ! 6.7  
                             
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                           
0-34  50.6   49.4   86.4   5.6   4.7   0.7 ! 2.7  
35-49  57.3   42.7   35.5   38.3   19.6   0.2 ! 6.4 !
50-74  57.6   42.4   36.6   25.8   30.8   2.4 ! 4.4 !
75 or more  54.2   45.8   40.2   29.0   22.9   3.5 ! 4.3 !
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
50.0   50.0   74.9   8.5   9.1   0.6   6.9  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
NOTE: BIE school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) that are operated by the BIE, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district. Black includes African American and Hispanic includes Latino. 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), "Public School, BIE School, and Private School Data Files," 2007–08.

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