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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Percentage distribution of students, by racial/ethnic background, and percentage minority students in private schools, by selected characteristics: United States, 2003–04
 
    Minority
Selected characteristic White,
non-
Hispanic
Total
Minority
Black,
non-
Hispanic
Hispanic Asian/
Pacific
Islander
American
Indian/
Alaska
Native
Total  76.2 23.8 9.5 8.8 4.9 0.6
             
NCES typology             
Catholic  74.7 25.3 8.1 11.9 4.7 0.5
Parochial  74.4 25.6 8.3 12.5 4.4 0.4
Diocesan  75.9 24.1 7.7 11.1 4.7 0.6
Private  72.7 27.3 8.9 12.1 5.5 0.9
             
Other religious  79.0 21.0 10.3 5.9 4.2 0.6
Conservative Christian  76.5 23.5 11.4 7.3 4.0 0.8
Affiliated  81.2 18.8 8.0 5.5 4.9 0.5
Unaffiliated  80.4 19.6 11.0 4.3 3.7 0.6
             
Nonsectarian  74.1 25.9 11.3 6.7 7.0 0.8
Regular  78.0 22.0 8.9 5.7 6.7 0.7
Special emphasis  69.8 30.2 11.9 6.9 10.3 1.1
Special education  60.8 39.2 24.1 11.9 2.0 1.2
             
School level             
Elementary  74.3 25.7 10.0 10.1 4.9 0.7
Secondary  76.5 23.5 8.5 9.8 4.7 0.5
Combined  79.1 20.9 9.2 6.1 5.1 0.6
             
Program emphasis             
Regular elementary/secondary  76.9 23.1 9.0 8.9 4.7 0.6
Montessori  69.5 30.5 9.7 7.2 12.0 1.6
Special program emphasis  74.8 25.2 8.7 6.2 9.8 0.5
Special education  61.8 38.2 23.4 11.6 1.9 1.2
Vocational/technical 
Alternative  68.4 31.6 15.8 9.1 5.7 1.0
Early childhood  64.8 35.2 18.5 10.9 5.3 0.6
             
Size (number of students)             
Less than 50  73.3 26.7 14.8 7.6 3.1 1.2
50–149  72.1 27.9 14.5 8.2 4.0 1.2
150–299  70.8 29.2 12.3 11.2 5.1 0.6
300–499  79.2 20.8 7.1 8.5 4.7 0.5
500–749  80.4 19.6 5.8 7.9 5.4 0.5
750 or more  81.0 19.0 5.7 7.1 5.8 0.4
             
Region             
Northeast  76.2 23.8 11.5 7.8 4.2 0.3
Midwest  84.5 15.5 8.1 4.5 2.3 0.6
South  77.4 22.6 10.8 8.5 2.9 0.4
West  63.1 36.9 6.3 16.3 12.8 1.5
             
Community type             
Central city  68.7 31.3 13.1 11.3 6.3 0.5
Urban fringe/large town  79.6 20.4 7.6 8.0 4.3 0.5
Rural/small town  88.9 11.1 3.8 3.2 2.6 1.5
‡ 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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