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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Percentage distribution of private schools, by program emphasis and selected characteristics: United States, 2003–04
 
Selected characteristic  Total Regular elementary/
secondary
Montessori Special program emphasis Special education Vocational/
technical programs
Alternative Early childhood
Total  100.0 80.7 4.6 3.4 5.8 5.1 0.4
                 
NCES typology                 
Catholic  100.0 97.5 0.5 0.9 0.9 0.3
Parochial  100.0 99.1 0.4 0.0
Diocesan  100.0 97.8 0.9 0.8
Private  100.0 88.9 2.4 3.2 3.8
                 
Other religious  100.0 90.1 0.7 3.5 0.8 4.7 0.2
Conservative Christian  100.0 90.5 3.1 5.8
Affiliated  100.0 91.1 0.6 4.4 0.8 3.1
Unaffiliated  100.0 89.0 1.1 3.3 1.4 4.7 0.4
                 
Nonsectarian  100.0 42.3 17.5 6.0 21.3 11.6 1.2
Regular  100.0 97.2 2.8
Special emphasis  100.0 49.7 17.1 33.1
Special education  100.0 100.0
                 
School level                 
Elementary  100.0 85.5 6.9 2.7 1.6 2.6 0.7
Secondary  100.0 73.6 4.7 8.6 12.7
Combined  100.0 73.1 1.4 4.3 13.3 7.9
                 
Size (number of students)                 
Less than 50  100.0 68.9 8.6 3.3 9.2 9.0 1.0
50–149  100.0 75.4 5.8 4.5 8.1 5.9 0.4
150–299  100.0 91.9 1.3 2.3 2.2 2.1 0.0
300–499  100.0 95.2 2.5 0.8 1.2 0.0
500–749  100.0 96.5 0.0 3.0 0.0 0.0
750 or more  100.0 93.6 5.1 0.0
                 
Region                 
Northeast  100.0 78.5 3.4 2.9 10.0 4.3 0.8
Midwest  100.0 87.4 3.6 2.9 2.8 3.0 0.4
South  100.0 80.4 5.0 3.4 4.8 6.2 0.2
West  100.0 75.2 6.9 4.5 6.1 7.0 0.3
                 
Community type                 
Central city  100.0 80.1 4.6 3.8 6.2 4.8 0.4
Urban fringe/large town  100.0 78.4 5.9 3.6 6.9 4.6 0.6
Rural/small town  100.0 85.3 2.5 2.4 3.2 6.5
† Not applicable.
! 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), 2003–2004.
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