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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by community type and selected characteristics: United States, 2001-02
(Standard Errors for this table)
Selected characteristics Total   Central city   Urban fringe/
large town
  Rural/small town
Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent   Number  Percent 
Total 29,273 100.0   10,117 100.0   10,948 100.0   8,209  100.0 
 
NCES typology
Catholic 8,207 28.0   3,415 33.8   3,420 31.2   1,372  16.7 
Parochial 4,347 14.9   1,750 17.3   1,857 17.0   740  9.0 
Diocesan 2,933 10.0   1,215 12.0   1,197 10.9   521  6.3 
Private 927 3.2   450 4.5   365 3.3   112  1.4 
 
Other religious 14,388 49.2   4,136 40.9   4,779 43.7   5,473  66.7 
Conservative Christian 5,527 18.9   1,506 14.9   2,047 18.7   1,974  24.1 
Affiliated 3,406 11.6   1,170 11.6   1,204 11.0   1,031  12.6 
Unaffiliated 5,455 18.6   1,460 14.4   1,528 14.0   2,467  30.1
 
Nonsectarian 6,678 22.8   2,566 25.4   2,749 25.1   1,363  16.6 
Regular 2,939 10.0   1,145 11.3   1,141 10.4   653  8.0 
Special emphasis 2,381 8.1   900 8.9   1,005 9.2   477  5.8 
Special education 1,358 4.6   522 5.2   602 5.5   234  2.9 
 
School level
Elementary 17,427 59.5   6,382 63.1   6,921 63.2   4,123  50.2 
Secondary 2,704 9.2   1,150 11.4   969 8.9   585  7.1 
Combined 9,142 31.2   2,584 25.5   3,057 27.9   3,501  42.7 
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
23,991 82.0   8,197 81.0   8,840 80.8   6,954  84.7 
Montessori 1,377 4.7   515 5.1   634 5.8   228  2.8 
Special program emphasis 1,076 3.7   358 3.5   371 3.4   347  4.2 
Special education 1,552 5.3   596 5.9   682 6.2   274  3.3 
Vocational/ technical       ‡  ‡ 
Alternative 1,148 3.9   419 4.1   357 3.3   372  4.5 
Early childhood 120 0.4   29 0.3   61 0.6   30! 0.4!
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 8,955 30.6   2,244 22.2   2,670 24.4   4,041  49.2 
50-149 8,336 28.5   2,767 27.4   3,008 27.5   2,561  31.2 
150-299 6,554 22.4   2,675 26.4   2,763 25.2   1,116  13.6 
300-499 3,199 10.9   1,363 13.5   1,477 13.5   359  4.4 
500-749 1,392 4.8   610 6.0   686 6.3   96  1.2 
750 or more 836 2.9   458 4.5   343 3.1   35  0.4 
 
Region
Northeast 6,556 22.4   2,037 20.1   2,788 25.5   1,730  21.1 
Midwest 7,455 25.5   2,296 22.7   2,493 22.8   2,665  32.5 
South 9,171 31.3   3,324 32.9   3,115 28.5   2,732  33.3 
West 6,092 20.8   2,460 24.3   2,551 23.3   1,081  13.2 
! 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2001-2002.

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