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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Percentage distribution of private schools, by program emphasis and selected characteristics: United States, 2001-02
(Standard Errors for this table)
Selected characteristics Total Regular elementary/ secondary Montessori Special program emphasis Special education Vocational/ technical programs Alternative Early childhood
Total 100.0  82.0  4.7  3.7  5.3  ‡  3.9  0.4 
  
NCES typology
Catholic 100.0  97.2  0.4  1.0  1.1  ‡  0.3  ‡ 
Parochial 100.0  98.9  ‡  0.7  ‡  ‡  ‡  ‡ 
Diocesan 100.0  97.2  ‡  0.9  1.1  ‡  ‡  ‡ 
Private 100.0  88.9  1.7  2.8  5.1  ‡  ‡  0.0 
  
Other religious 100.0  91.5  0.9 ! 3.6  0.7  ‡  3.1  0.2 
Conservative Christian 100.0  91.5  ‡  5.3  0.3  ‡  2.6  ‡ 
Affiliated 100.0  93.7  ‡  2.5  0.9  ‡  2.5  ‡ 
Unaffiliated 100.0  90.2  2.0 ! 2.6  1.1  ‡  3.9 ! 0.3 
  
Nonsectarian 100.0  42.6  18.1  7.2  20.3  ‡  10.3  1.4 
Regular 100.0  96.8  0.0  0.0  0.0  ‡  0.0  3.2 
Special emphasis 100.0  0.0  50.9  20.1  0.0  ‡  28.8  0.0 
Special education 100.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  100.0  ‡  0.0  0.0 
  
School level
Elementary 100.0  86.6  6.5  2.7  1.3  ‡  2.4  0.6 
Secondary 100.0  75.8  0.0  5.8  8.2  ‡  9.9  0.0 
Combined 100.0  75.0  2.8  5.0  12.0  ‡  5.0  ‡ 
  
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 100.0  69.1  8.5  5.9  8.2  ‡  7.3  1.0 
50-149 100.0  77.2  6.3  3.7  7.7  ‡  4.8  0.3 
150-299 100.0  93.4  1.2  2.2  2.1  ‡  1.0  ‡ 
300-499 100.0  96.5  ‡  1.7  0.9 ! ‡  0.6  0.0 
500-749 100.0  96.9  0.0  2.4  ‡  ‡  ‡  0.0 
750 or more 100.0  97.3  ‡  ‡  ‡  ‡  ‡  0.0 
  
Region
Northeast 100.0  80.6  3.0  3.1  9.4  ‡  3.1  0.8 
Midwest 100.0  88.3  3.4  2.7  2.8  ‡  2.5  0.3 
South 100.0  82.1  5.6  3.3  4.1  ‡  4.6  0.2 
West 100.0  75.3  6.9  6.1  5.6  ‡  5.6  0.5 !
  
Community type
Central city 100.0  81.0  5.1  3.5  5.9  ‡  4.1  0.3 
Urban fringe/large town 100.0  80.8  5.8  3.4  6.2  ‡  3.3  0.6 
Rural/small town 100.0  84.7  2.8  4.2  3.3  ‡  4.5  0.4 !
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation for this estimate is larger than 25 percent. The standard error for this estimate is presented in the corresponding table in appendix C. 
‡ 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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