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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by school size and selected characteristics: United States, 2001-02
(Standard Errors for this table)
Selected characteristics Less than 50 students   50-149
students
  150-299 students   300-499
students
  500-749 students   750 or more students
Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number  Per-
cent 
  Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
Total 8,955 30.6   8,336 28.5   6,554 22.4   3,199  10.9    1,392 4.8   836 2.9
 
NCES typology
Catholic 210 2.6   1,562 19.0   3,398 41.4   1,813 22.1    810 9.9   415 5.1
Parochial 68 1.6   792 18.2   2,028 46.6   984 22.6    390 9.0   85 2.0
Diocesan 65 2.2   597 20.4   1,149 39.2   646 22.0    297 10.1   180 6.1
Private 77 8.3   173 18.7   221 23.9   183 19.8    123 13.2   150 16.2
 
Other religious 5,938 41.3   4,529 31.5   2,302 16.0   958 6.7    400 2.8   261 1.8
Conservative Christian 1,906 34.5   1,892 34.2   981 17.8   448 8.1    185 3.4   114 2.1
Affiliated 1,153 33.9   1,086 31.9   643 18.9   299 8.8    128 3.8   96 2.8
Unaffiliated 2,879 52.8   1,550 28.4   678 12.4   210 3.9    87 1.6   51 0.9
 
Nonsectarian 2,808 42.1   2,245 33.6   854 12.8   427 6.4    182 2.7   161 2.4
Regular 895 30.5   836 28.4   539 18.4   353 12.0    161 5.5   154 5.3
Special emphasis 1,259 52.9   866 36.4   188 7.9   45 1.9    19 0.8  
Special education 655 48.2   543 40.0   127 9.4   29! 2.1!    
 
School level
Elementary 4,770 27.4   5,127 29.4   4,765 27.3   2,005 11.5    642 3.7   118 0.7
Secondary 682 25.2   553 20.5   449 16.6   410 15.2    285 10.6   325 12.0
Combined 3,503 38.3   2,656 29.1   1,341 14.7   784 8.6    465 5.1   393 4.3
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
6,183 25.8   6,434 26.8   6,123 25.5   3,088 12.9    1,349 5.6   814 3.4
Montessori 765 55.6   525 38.1   78 5.6   ‡  ‡    0 0.0  
Special program emphasis 524 48.7   307 28.5   144 13.4   54 5.0    33 3.1  
Special education 737 47.5   640 41.3   140 9.1   30! 1.9!    
Vocational/ technical       ‡  ‡     
Alternative 654 57.0   400 34.8   64 5.6   18 1.6     
Early childhood 90 74.9   28 23.4     0.0    0 0.0   0 0.0
 
Region
Northeast 1,722 26.3   1,682 25.7   1,732 26.4   866 13.2    345 5.3   208 3.2
Midwest 2,000 26.8   2,276 30.5   1,825 24.5   841 11.3    339 4.5   174 2.3
South 3,114 34.0   2,655 29.0   1,711 18.7   891 9.7    477 5.2   322 3.5
West 2,120 34.8   1,722 28.3   1,286 21.1   601 9.9    231 3.8   133 2.2
 
Community type
Central city 2,244 22.2   2,767 27.4   2,675 26.4   1,363 13.5    610 6.0   458 4.5
Urban fringe/large town 2,670 24.4   3,008 27.5   2,763 25.2   1,477 13.5    686  6.3   343 3.1
Rural/small town 4,041 49.2   2,561 31.2   1,116 13.6   359 4.4    96  1.2   35 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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