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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by school size and selected characteristics: United States, 2003–04
 
Selected characteristic Less than 50 students   50–149 students   150–299 students   300–499 students   500–749 students   750 or more students
Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent
Total  8,741 30.8   8,206 28.9   6,324 22.3   3,000 10.6   1,298 4.6   816 2.9
                                   
NCES typology                                   
Catholic  243 3.1   1,652 20.9   3,206 40.5   1,693 21.4   743 9.4   381 4.8
Parochial  89 2.2   865 21.2   1,835 45.0   880 21.6   328 8.0   77 1.9
Diocesan  61 2.1   633 21.5   1,171 39.7   630 21.4   292 9.9   160 5.4
Private  93 10.4   154 17.2   200 22.3   183 20.4   124 13.8   143 16.0
                                   
Other religious  5,597 41.0   4,283 31.4   2,263 16.6   884 6.5   381 2.8   252 1.8
Conservative Christian  1,715 33.9   1,738 34.3   913 18.0   405 8.0   187 3.7   102 2.0
Affiliated  1,119 32.9   1,097 32.3   693 20.4   277 8.2   114 3.4   98 2.9
Unaffiliated  2,763 53.1   1,448 27.8   657 12.6   201 3.9   80 1.5   53 1.0
                                   
Nonsectarian  2,900 42.6   2,271 33.4   856 12.6   423 6.2   174 2.6   183 2.7
Regular  1,008 34.0   804 27.1   502 16.9   338 11.4   155 5.2   156 5.3
Special emphasis  1,193 49.9   873 36.5   219 9.1   63 2.6   19 0.8   26 1.1
Special education  699 48.2   594 40.9   135 9.3   22 1.5   0 0.0  
                                   
School level                                   
Elementary  5,053 29.4   5,190 30.2   4,465 26.0   1,823 10.6   562 3.3   103 0.6
Secondary  654 24.3   605 22.5   424 15.7   399 14.8   278 10.3   334 12.4
Combined  3,033 35.7   2,411 28.4   1,435 16.9   778 9.2   458 5.4   378 4.5
                                   
Program emphasis                                   
Regular elementary/                                   
secondary  6,021 26.3   6,191 27.0   5,812 25.4   2,856 12.5   1,253 5.5   763 3.3
Montessori  751 57.0   472 35.8   84 6.3     0 0.0  
Special program                                   
emphasis  292 30.4   365 38.0   148 15.4   75 7.8   39 4.0   41 4.3
Special education  802 49.1   666 40.7   142 8.7   23 1.4   0 0.0  
Vocational/technical           
Alternative  788 54.2   481 33.1   136 9.3   37 2.5    
Early childhood  84 72.6   32 27.4   0 0.0   0 0.0   0 0.0   0 0.0
                                   
Region                                   
Northeast  1,875 28.6   1,708 26.0   1,700 25.9   783 11.9   287 4.4   206 3.1
Midwest  1,990 27.5   2,346 32.5   1,611 22.3   781 10.8   335 4.6   163 2.3
South  2,951 33.5   2,459 27.9   1,762 20.0   883 10.0   451 5.1   314 3.6
West  1,924 33.3   1,694 29.3   1,252 21.7   553 9.6   225 3.9   132 2.3
                                   
Community type                                   
Central city  2,042 21.3   2,658 27.7   2,584 26.9   1,288 13.4   574 6.0   445 4.6
Urban fringe/large town  3,143 26.6   3,422 29.0   2,848 24.1   1,425 12.1   647 5.5   333 2.8
Rural/small town  3,556 51.0   2,127 30.5   892 12.8   287 4.1   77 1.1   37 0.5
‡ 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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