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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private schools, students, and FTE teachers, by selected characteristics: United States, 2001-02
(Standard Errors for this table)
Selected characteristics Schools   Students   FTE teachers
Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent
Total 29,273 100.0   5,341,513 100.0   425,406 100.0
 
NCES typology
Catholic 8,207 28.0   2,515,524 47.1   155,514 36.6
Parochial 4,347 14.9   1,221,685 22.9   71,058 16.7
Diocesan 2,933 10.0   925,288 17.3   56,343 13.3
Private 927 3.2   368,552 6.9   28,113 6.6
 
Other religious 14,388 49.2   1,924,874 36.0   166,005 39.0
Conservative Christian 5,527 18.9   823,469 15.4   66,963 15.7
Affiliated 3,406 11.6   562,686 10.5   51,184 12.0
Unaffiliated 5,455 18.6   538,718 10.1   47,858 11.3
 
Nonsectarian 6,678 22.8   901,114 16.9   103,887 24.4
Regular 2,939 10.0   622,715 11.7   67,326 15.8
Special emphasis 2,381 8.1   176,987 3.3   20,433 4.8
Special education 1,358 4.6   101,412 1.9   16,128 3.8
 
School level
Elementary 17,427 59.5   2,883,010 54.0   202,071 47.5
Secondary 2,704 9.2   835,328 15.6   67,318 15.8
Combined 9,142 31.2   1,623,175 30.4   156,017 36.7
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
23,991 82.0   4,932,957 92.4   374,977 88.2
Montessori 1,377 4.7   84,525 1.6   9,828 2.3
Special program emphasis 1,076 3.7   127,179 2.4   13,228 3.1
Special education 1,552 5.3   115,164 2.2   18,121 4.3
Vocational/ technical    
Alternative 1,148 3.9   74,695 1.4   8,531 2.0
Early childhood 120 0.4   4,672 0.1   535 0.1
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 8,955 30.6   232,342 4.4   32,476 7.6
50-149 8,336 28.5   765,056 14.3   80,269 18.9
150-299 6,554 22.4   1,408,132 26.4   104,858 24.7
300-499 3,199 10.9   1,223,135 22.9   87,317 20.5
500-749 1,392 4.8   829,642 15.5   57,324 13.5
750 or more 836 2.9   883,205 16.5   63,161 14.9
 
Region
Northeast 6,556 22.4   1,336,770 25.0   111,127 26.1
Midwest 7,455 25.5   1,354,861 25.4   95,501 22.5
South 9,171 31.3   1,641,474 30.7   142,650 33.5
West 6,092 20.8   1,008,408 18.9   76,128 17.9
 
Community type
Central city 10,117 34.6   2,276,808 42.6   176,559 41.5
Urban fringe/large town 10,948 37.4   2,276,823 42.6   176,173 41.4
Rural/small town 8,209 28.0   787,882 14.8   72,674 17.1
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding or missing values in cells with too few sample cases.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2001-2002.

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