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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2001-02
(Standard Errors for this table)
Selected characteristics Total   Elementary   Secondary   Combined
Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent
Total 29,273 100.0   17,427 100.0   2,704 100.0   9,142 100.0
 
NCES typology
Catholic 8,207 28.0   6,763 38.8   1,110 41.0   335 3.7
Parochial 4,347 14.9   4,087 23.5   200 7.4   61 0.7
Diocesan 2,933 10.0   2,351 13.5   496 18.3   86 0.9
Private 927 3.2   325 1.9   414 15.3   188 2.1
 
Other religious 14,388 49.2   7,367 42.3   747 27.6   6,275 68.6
Conservative Christian 5,527 18.9   2,005 11.5   203 7.5   3,319 36.3
Affiliated 3,406 11.6   2,156 12.4   284 10.5   966 10.6
Unaffiliated 5,455 18.6   3,206 18.4   260 9.6   1,989 21.8
 
Nonsectarian 6,678 22.8   3,297 18.9   847 31.3   2,533 27.7
Regular 2,939 10.0   1,573 9.0   340 12.6   1,027 11.2
Special emphasis 2,381 8.1   1,550 8.9   299 11.1   533 5.8
Special education 1,358 4.6   175 1.0   209 7.7   973 10.7
 
Program emphasis
Secondary 23,991 82.0   15,082 86.6   2,050 75.8   6,858 75.0
Montessori 1,377 4.7   1,124 6.5   0 0.0   252 2.8
Special program emphasis 1,076 3.7   465 2.7   156 5.8   455 5.0
Special education 1,552 5.3   233 1.3   223 8.2   1,096 12.0
Vocational/ technical      
Alternative 1,148 3.9   421 2.4   266 9.9   460 5.0
Early childhood 120 0.4   101 0.6    
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 8,955 30.6   4,770 27.4   682 25.2   3,503 38.3
50-149 8,336 28.5   5,127 29.4   553 20.5   2,656 29.1
150-299 6,554 22.4   4,765 27.3   449 16.6   1,341 14.7
300-499 3,199 10.9   2,005 11.5   410 15.2   784 8.6
500-749 1,392 4.8   642 3.7   285 10.6   465 5.1
750 or more 836 2.9   118 0.7   325 12.0   393 4.3
 
Region
Northeast 6,556 22.4   4,052 23.3   819 30.3   1,685 18.4
Midwest 7,455 25.5   5,239 30.1   639 23.7   1,576 17.2
South 9,171 31.3   4,563 26.2   559 20.7   4,049 44.3
West 6,092 20.8   3,573 20.5   686 25.4   1,833 20.1
 
Community type
Central city 10,117 34.6   6,382 36.6   1,150 42.5   2,584 28.3
Urban fringe/large town 10,948 37.4   6,921 39.7   969 35.8   3,057 33.4
Rural/small town 8,209 28.0   4,123 23.7   585 21.6   3,501 38.3
 
† Not applicable.
‡ 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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