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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Percentage of private schools with 12th-graders, number of graduates, graduation rate, and percentage of graduates who attended 4-year colleges, by selected characteristics: United States, 2000-01
(Standard Errors for this table)
Selected characteristics Percent of
schools with
12th-graders
in 2000-01
Number of
2000-01
graduates
2000-01
graduation
rate
Percent of 2000-01
graduates
who attended
4-year colleges
Total 27.3  278,772 98.1 56.5
 
NCES typology
Catholic 15.8  142,876 99.1 78.3
Parochial 5.3  99 99.0 74.8
Diocesan 18.2  64,912 98.9 74.9
Private 57.1  59,143 99.2 83.4
 
Other religious 32.6  83,391 97.7 51.8
Conservative Christian 46.2  34,911 97.5 49.2
Affiliated 26.5  27,483 98.1 65.9
Unaffiliated 22.7  20,997 97.7 46.9
 
Nonsectarian 29.9  52,506 96.3 53.0
Regular 35.1  43,288 98.6 75.2
Special emphasis 17.5  5,731 92.7 38.1
Special education 40.4  3,487 78.3 16.0
 
School level
Elementary † 
Secondary 88.8  177,509 98.6 65.9
Combined 60.81 101,263 97.4 52.4
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/secondary 27.1  260,190 98.6 62.0
Montessori 1.6!
Special program emphasis 37.8  8,945 98.3 48.6
Special education 38.1  3,892 79.0 16.2
Vocational/technical ‡ 
Alternative 39.7  5,006 91.2 28.0
Early childhood 0.0  0 0.0 0.0
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 19.2  5,882 88.9 29.4
50-149 27.1  19,540 93.8 45.8
150-299 22.6  34,683 97.6 62.5
300-499 34.7  53,836 98.6 75.8
500-749 51.4  56,834 98.9 80.0
750 or more 84.4  107,999 99.0 83.9
 
Region
Northeast 25.4  79,036 98.1 63.9
Midwest 22.2  67,971 98.5 55.6
South 33.8  83,459 98.2 57.8
West 25.8  48,306 97.4 46.9
 
Community type
Central city 26.4  131,592 98.3 62.4
Urban fringe/large town 25.6  108,984 98.3 58.0
Rural/small town 30.5  38,196 97.0 48.6
! 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.
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Includes the schools that were combined in 2000-01, but were elementary in 2001-02 (less than 1 percent).
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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