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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Pupil/teacher ratio of private schools, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2003–04
 
Selected characteristic Total Elementary Secondary Combined
Total  12.0 13.5 12.4 10.0
         
NCES typology         
Catholic  15.5 16.4 14.3 11.1
Parochial  16.4 16.8 13.2 13.7
Diocesan  15.8 16.4 15.1 12.5
Private  12.6 11.6 13.7 10.1
         
Other religious  11.3 11.6 10.3 11.1
Conservative Christian  11.9 12.1 12.7 11.8
Affiliated  10.8 11.2 10.2 10.6
Unaffiliated  10.8 11.7 9.2 10.2
         
Nonsectarian  8.4 8.7 8.3 8.3
Regular  9.0 9.5 9.0 8.8
Special emphasis  8.6 8.2 7.5 9.6
Special education  5.8 5.4 5.7 5.9
         
Program emphasis         
Regular elementary/         
secondary  12.7 14.2 12.8 10.6
Montessori  8.4 8.2 9.9
Special program emphasis  9.6 9.4 10.1 9.5
Special education  5.8 5.5 5.8 5.9
Vocational/technical 
Alternative  8.9 8.6 8.5 9.2
Early childhood  12.3 12.7
         
Size (number of students)         
Less than 50  6.7 7.5 5.2 6.0
50–149  9.4 10.3 8.2 8.0
150–299  12.7 14.4 10.0 10.0
300–499  13.6 15.8 11.6 11.1
500–749  14.0 18.1 13.7 11.2
750 or more  13.3 17.4 15.2 11.4
         
Region         
Northeast  11.4 13.6 11.6 8.2
Midwest  13.5 14.6 13.6 10.6
South  11.3 12.1 12.1 10.5
West  12.6 14.0 12.5 10.7
         
Community type         
Central city  12.5 13.7 13.3 10.3
Urban fringe/large town  12.2 13.8 12.2 10.0
Rural/small town  10.5 12.0 9.2 9.7
† 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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