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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Average school size, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2003–04
 
Selected characteristic   Average number of students
Total Elementary Secondary Combined
Total  180.5 156.7 313.7 186.4
         
NCES typology         
Catholic  298.7 253.7 556.3 341.1
Parochial  269.4 261.2 435.7 329.4
Diocesan  308.3 250.4 576.8 328.5
Private  400.4 187.6 580.7 350.9
         
Other religious  134.4 100.9 154.3 175.0
Conservative Christian  152.9 117.5 126.6 176.2
Affiliated  162.8 125.0 185.1 238.5
Unaffiliated  97.7 76.5 134.1 135.8
         
Nonsectarian  135.5 89.1 141.1 194.1
Regular  203.6 111.2 272.8 325.6
Special emphasis  89.5 70.1 70.4 155.6
Special education  72.1 62.7 45.2 79.9
         
Program emphasis         
Regular elementary/secondary  202.6 170.7 395.5 216.7
Montessori  63.0 60.5 82.1
Special program emphasis  177.1 126.5 218.7 226.5
Special education  70.3 58.6 45.4 78.2
Vocational/technical 
Alternative  75.6 72.1 61.7 85.1
Early childhood  39.1 39.3
         
Size (number of students)         
Less than 50  25.6 25.6 24.5 25.9
50–149  92.6 94.5 90.4 89.0
150–299  213.9 213.5 217.9 213.9
300–499  384.6 383.3 388.4 385.4
500–749  598.8 583.4 607.5 612.3
750 or more  1,049.5 915.5 1,073.9 1,064.6
         
Region         
Northeast  194.1 169.3 350.8 174.8
Midwest  175.9 158.2 362.6 155.5
South  182.7 147.0 280.1 210.2
West  167.3 152.3 245.1 169.7
         
Community type         
Central city  227.5 185.4 393.3 258.8
Urban fringe/large town  193.9 175.3 308.8 198.1
Rural/small town  93.1 73.8 148.4 109.4
† Not applicable.
‡ 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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