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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private school students, 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 5,341,513 100.0   2,883,010 100.0   835,328 100.0   1,623,175 100.0
 
NCES typology
Catholic 2,515,524 47.1   1,793,593 62.2   615,711 73.7   106,220 6.5
Parochial 1,221,685 22.9   1,118,331 38.8   80,565 9.7   22,790 1.4
Diocesan 925,288 17.3   607,408 21.1   289,823 34.7   28,056 1.7
Private 368,552 6.9   67,854 2.4   245,323 29.4   55,375 3.4
 
Other religious 1,924,874 36.0   783,676 27.2   123,843 14.8   1,017,355 62.7
Conservative Christian 823,469 15.4   245,494 8.5   33,962 4.1   544,013 33.5
Affiliated 562,686 10.5   268,041 9.3   53,447 6.4   241,198 14.9
Unaffiliated 538,718 10.1   270,141 9.4   36,434 4.4   232,143 14.3
 
Nonsectarian 901,114 16.9   305,741 10.6   95,773 11.5   499,600 30.8
Regular 622,715 11.7   193,430 6.7   66,437 8.0   362,849 22.4
Special emphasis 176,987 3.3   101,049 3.5   18,911 2.3   57,028 3.5
Special education 101,412 1.9   11,263 0.4   10,426 1.3   79,723 4.9
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
4,932,957 92.4   2,724,453 94.5   777,953 93.1   1,430,551 88.1
Montessori 84,525 1.6   69,081 2.4   0 0.0   15,444 1.0
Special program emphasis 127,179 2.4   45,866 1.6   26,373 3.2   54,940 3.4
Special education 115,164 2.2   15,050 0.5   11,367 1.4   88,746 5.5
Vocational/ technical      
Alternative 74,695 1.4   24,396 0.9   17,478 2.1   32,821 2.0
Early childhood 4,672 0.1   4,163 0.1    
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 232,342 4.4   125,823 4.4   17,047 2.0   89,472 5.5
50-149 765,056 14.3   481,476 16.7   49,299 5.9   234,281 14.4
150-299 1,408,132 26.4   1,022,187 35.5   97,944 11.7   288,001 17.7
300-499 1,223,135 22.9   764,139 26.5   160,590 19.2   298,406 18.4
500-749 829,642 15.5   374,631 13.0   172,757 20.7   282,254 17.4
750 or more 883,205 16.5   114,755 4.0   337,690 40.4   430,761 26.5
 
Region
Northeast 1,336,770 25.0   753,774 26.2   278,118 33.3   304,879 18.8
Midwest 1,354,861 25.4   875,366 30.4   238,112 28.5   241,383 14.9
South 1,641,474 30.7   685,954 23.8   162,476 19.5   793,044 48.9
West 1,008,408 18.9   567,917 19.7   156,622 18.8   283,869 17.5
 
Community type
Central city 2,276,808 42.6   1,203,451 41.7   422,557 50.6   650,800 40.1
Urban fringe/large town 2,276,823 42.6   1,323,748 45.9   327,176 39.2   625,899 38.6
Rural/small town 787,882 14.8   355,811 12.3   85,594 10.3   346,476 21.4
† 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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