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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private school students, 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 5,341,513 100.0   2,276,808 100.0   2,276,823 100.0   787,882 100.0
 
NCES typology
Catholic 2,515,524 47.1   1,142,738 50.2   1,140,523 50.1   232,263 29.5
Parochial 1,221,685 22.9   516,997 22.7   583,047 25.6   121,641 15.4
Diocesan 925,288 17.3   430,602 18.9   405,666 17.8   89,020 11.3
Private 368,552 6.9   195,139 8.6   151,810 6.7   21,602 2.7
 
Other religious 1,924,874 36.0   745,261 32.7   783,038 34.4   396,575 50.3
Conservative Christian 823,469 15.4   297,376 13.1   348,907 15.3   177,186 22.5
Affiliated 562,686 10.5   237,270 10.4   240,626 10.6   84,789 10.8
Unaffiliated 538,718 10.1   210,614 9.3   193,505 8.5   134,599 17.1
 
Nonsectarian 901,114 16.9   388,809 17.1   353,262 15.5   159,044 20.2
Regular 622,715 11.7   282,519 12.4   225,625 9.9   114,571 14.5
Special emphasis 176,987 3.3   70,333 3.1   75,034 3.3   31,620 4.0
Special education 101,412 1.9   35,956 1.6   52,603 2.3   12,853 1.6
 
School level
Elementary 2,883,010 54.0   1,203,451 52.9   1,323,748 58.1   355,811 45.2
Secondary 835,328 15.6   422,557 18.6   327,176 14.4   85,594 10.9
Combined 1,623,175 30.4   650,800 28.6   625,899 27.5   346,476 44.0
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
4,932,957 92.4   2,115,400 92.9   2,101,909 92.3   715,647 90.8
Montessori 84,525 1.6   31,457 1.4   39,968 1.8   13,099 1.7
Special program emphasis 127,179 2.4   54,987 2.4   49,683 2.2   22,509 2.9
Special education 115,164 2.2   42,592 1.9   58,047 2.6   14,525 1.8
Vocational/ technical      
Alternative 74,695 1.4   30,186 1.3   24,292 1.1   20,216 2.6
Early childhood 4,672 0.1   1,073 0.1   2,634 0.1   965 0.1
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 232,342 4.4   59,396 2.6   72,452 3.2   100,494 12.8
50-149 765,056 14.3   256,749 11.3   277,526 12.2   230,781 29.3
150-299 1,408,132 26.4   578,974 25.4   597,686 26.3   231,472 29.4
300-499 1,223,135 22.9   520,617 22.9   567,508 24.9   135,010 17.1
500-749 829,642 15.5   365,034 16.0   407,782 17.9   56,826 7.2
750 or more 883,205 16.5   496,038 21.8   353,870 15.5   33,298 4.2
 
Region
Northeast 1,336,770 25.0   539,916 23.7   633,784 27.8   163,071 20.7
Midwest 1,354,861 25.4   517,265 22.7   595,050 26.1   242,546 30.8
South 1,641,474 30.7   731,000 32.1   615,015 27.0   295,459 37.5
West 1,008,408 18.9   488,628 21.5   432,974 19.0   86,806 11.0
‡ 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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