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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Average length of school year and average length of school day, by selected characteristics: United States, 2003–04
 
Selected characteristic Average length of
school year in days
Average length of
school day in hours
     
Total  180.4 6.7
     
NCES typology     
Catholic  179.0 6.7
Parochial  178.9 6.6
Diocesan  179.4 6.7
Private  178.4 6.8
     
Other religious  178.5 6.8
Conservative Christian  178.2 6.7
Affiliated  178.4 7.0
Unaffiliated  178.9 6.8
     
Nonsectarian  185.7 6.5
Regular  182.2 6.8
Special emphasis  184.1 6.5
Special education  195.6 6.1
     
School level     
Elementary  179.6 6.7
Secondary  183.3 6.8
Combined  181.2 6.7
     
Program emphasis     
Regular elementary/secondary     
178.9 6.8
Montessori  183.2 6.6
Special program emphasis  179.1 6.8
Special education  194.4 6.1
Vocational/technical 
Alternative  184.0 6.4
Early childhood  203.6 6.2
     
Size (number of students)     
Less than 50  181.9 6.6
50–149  180.7 6.7
150–299  179.3 6.7
300–499  178.9 6.8
500–749  178.4 6.9
750 or more  178.8 7.0
     
Region     
Northeast  181.3 6.6
Midwest  178.5 6.7
South  180.2 6.8
West  182.2 6.7
     
Community type     
Central city  181.6 6.8
Urban fringe/large town  180.6 6.7
Rural/small town  178.4 6.7
     
‡ Reporting standards not met.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2003–2004.
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