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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Standard errors for number and percentage distribution of private school students, by community type and selected characteristics: United States, 2001-02
(see the data table)
Selected characteristics Total   Central city   Urban fringe/
large town
  Rural/small town
Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent
Total 26,746.8   23,936.4   11,361.1   10,437.7
 
NCES typology
Catholic 11,607.2 0.21   10,430.4 0.37   4,477.8 0.23   # 0.39
Parochial 5,275.6 0.11   3,783.8 0.19   3,338.9 0.16   # 0.21
Diocesan 6,690.0 0.12   6,487.0 0.24   1,451.9 0.09   # 0.15
Private 2,308.7 0.03   1,883.8 0.06   1,298.7 0.06   # 0.04
 
Other religious 12,812.8 0.19   6,096.5 0.23   6,384.6 0.22   9,971.6 0.63
Conservative Christian 4,919.9 0.11   4,621.4 0.17   3,227.9 0.15   2,750.7 0.37
Affiliated 7,147.7 0.13   576.6 0.10   1,323.3 0.07   7,000.7 0.78
Unaffiliated 9,272.1 0.15   3,073.8 0.12   6,504.9 0.27   4,929.1 0.50
 
Nonsectarian 15,869.1 0.24   14,174.0 0.49   7,314.4 0.27   2,237.8 0.33
Regular 11,737.9 0.19   11,144.7 0.39   3,508.1 0.14   1,245.1 0.20
Special emphasis 4,957.6 0.09   3,704.4 0.15   2,954.1 0.12   1,744.1 0.22
Special education 3,944.6 0.07   1,536.1 0.06   3,524.5 0.15   526.6 0.07
 
School level
Elementary 14,519.5 0.16   12,776.2 0.19   6,711.2 0.23   3,743.2 0.58
Secondary 3,438.2 0.08   3,447.5 0.14   1,061.2 0.06   1,701.7 0.25
Combined 15,716.5 0.19   10,684.3 0.25   7,826.3 0.25   9,382.4 0.69
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
21,990.1 0.15   19,498.4 0.19   9,029.4 0.25   10,192.7 0.48
Montessori 2,876.4 0.05   2,372.0 0.10   614.5 0.03   1,054.3 0.14
Special program emphasis 3,759.8 0.07   2,458.8 0.10   2,085.8 0.09   1,949.0 0.25
Special education 4,661.7 0.08   2,873.9 0.12   3,558.6 0.15   526.6 0.07
Vocational/ technical      
Alternative 4,088.1 0.08   2,516.9 0.11   890.7 0.04   3,120.0 0.39
Early childhood 116.9 #   # #   # #   116.9 0.02
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 5,591.2 0.10   2,988.6 0.12   1,818.7 0.07   4,055.9 0.43
50-149 10,884.8 0.17   5,843.0 0.21   4,453.5 0.18   8,244.7 0.71
150-299 8,751.8 0.13   6,794.0 0.17   6,005.5 0.21   1,642.4 0.42
300-499 6,561.4 0.12   5,378.1 0.20   4,124.9 0.14   # 0.23
500-749 5,053.4 0.10   1,767.8 0.17   4,734.1 0.19   # 0.10
750 or more 11,013.5 0.17   11,013.5 0.31   # 0.08   # 0.06
 
Region
Northeast 5,074.1 0.14   1,727.3 0.26   3,923.3 0.18   881.3 0.29
Midwest 13,006.4 0.21   7,433.3 0.34   8,314.7 0.28   5,166.0 0.58
South 17,494.9 0.26   17,026.3 0.56   4,684.6 0.19   8,864.2 0.75
West 14,642.6 0.24   14,994.0 0.55   4,754.3 0.19   1,705.4 0.24
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2001-2002.

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