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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by community type and selected characteristics: United States, 2003–04
 
Selected characteristic Total   Central city   Urban fringe/
large town
  Rural/small town
Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent
                       
Total  28,384 100.0   9,591 100.0   11,818 100.0   6,975 100.0
                       
NCES typology                       
Catholic  7,919 27.9   3,334 34.8   3,463 29.3   1,122 16.1
Parochial  4,074 14.4   1,636 17.1   1,856 15.7   582 8.3
Diocesan  2,947 10.4   1,254 13.1   1,244 10.5   449 6.4
Private  897 3.2   444 4.6   363 3.1   91 1.3
                       
Other religious  13,659 48.1   3,766 39.3   5,307 44.9   4,586 65.7
Conservative Christian  5,060 17.8   1,269 13.2   2,219 18.8   1,572 22.5
Affiliated  3,398 12.0   1,173 12.2   1,313 11.1   913 13.1
Unaffiliated  5,201 18.3   1,324 13.8   1,776 15.0   2,101 30.1
                       
Nonsectarian  6,806 24.0   2,492 26.0   3,048 25.8   1,267 18.2
Regular  2,963 10.4   1,115 11.6   1,214 10.3   635 9.1
Special emphasis  2,392 8.4   842 8.8   1,112 9.4   438 6.3
Special education  1,451 5.1   535 5.6   723 6.1   194 2.8
                       
School level                       
Elementary  17,197 60.6   6,161 64.2   7,270 61.5   3,766 54.0
Secondary  2,694 9.5   1,132 11.8   1,048 8.9   514 7.4
Combined  8,494 29.9   2,299 24.0   3,500 29.6   2,695 38.6
                       
Program emphasis                       
Regular elementary/secondary                       
22,896 80.7   7,683 80.1   9,264 78.4   5,949 85.3
Montessori  1,318 4.6   445 4.6   699 5.9   175 2.5
Special program emphasis  961 3.4   366 3.8   427 3.6   168 2.4
Special education  1,634 5.8   599 6.2   813 6.9   221 3.2
Vocational/technical       
Alternative  1,454 5.1   458 4.8   543 4.6   453 6.5
Early childhood  116 0.4   38 0.4   69 0.6  
                       
Size (number of students)                       
Less than 50  8,741 30.8   2,042 21.3   3,143 26.6   3,556 51.0
50–149  8,206 28.9   2,658 27.7   3,422 29.0   2,127 30.5
150–299  6,324 22.3   2,584 26.9   2,848 24.1   892 12.8
300–499  3,000 10.6   1,288 13.4   1,425 12.1   287 4.1
500–749  1,298 4.6   574 6.0   647 5.5   77 1.1
750 or more  816 2.9   445 4.6   333 2.8   37 0.5
                       
Region                       
Northeast  6,558 23.1   2,017 21.0   3,171 26.8   1,370 19.6
Midwest  7,226 25.5   2,091 21.8   2,716 23.0   2,420 34.7
South  8,820 31.1   2,958 30.8   3,579 30.3   2,283 32.7
West  5,780 20.4   2,526 26.3   2,352 19.9   902 12.9
                       
‡ 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), 2003–2004.
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