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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Average school size, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2001-02
(Standard Errors for this table)
Selected characteristics Total Average number of students
Elementary Secondary Combined
Total 182.5 165.4 308.9 177.6
 
NCES typology
Catholic 306.5 265.2 554.9 317.5
Parochial 281.0 273.7 402.6 376.0
Diocesan 315.5 258.3 584.9 326.2
Private 397.5 208.7 592.5 294.7
 
Other religious 133.8 106.4 165.8 162.1
Conservative Christian 149.0 122.5 167.3 163.9
Affiliated 165.2 124.4 188.2 249.7
Unaffiliated 98.8 84.3 140.2 116.7
 
Nonsectarian 134.9 92.7 113.0 197.2
Regular 211.9 123.0 195.7 353.4
Special emphasis 74.3 65.2 63.3 107.0
Special education 74.7 64.3 49.9 81.9
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
205.6 180.6 379.5 208.6
Montessori 61.4 61.4 0.0 61.2
Special program emphasis 118.2 98.6 168.7 120.8
Special education 74.2 64.5 51.0 81.0
Vocational/ technical
Alternative 65.1 58.0 65.6 71.3
Early childhood 38.8 41.2
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 25.9 26.4 25.0 25.5
50-149 91.8 93.9 89.1 88.2
150-299 214.8 214.5 218.3 214.8
300-499 382.4 381.1 391.6 380.8
500-749 595.9 583.7 605.8 606.8
750 or more 1,056.1 968.7 1,039.5 1,096.3
 
Region
Northeast 203.9 186.0 339.5 181.0
Midwest 181.7 167.1 372.4 153.2
South 179.0 150.3 290.6 195.9
West 165.5 159.0 228.2 154.9
 
Community type
Central city 225.1 188.6 367.4 251.8
Urban fringe/large town 208.0 191.3 337.6 204.7
Rural/small town 96.0 86.3 146.4 99.0
† Not applicable.
‡ 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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