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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 1.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, students, and full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers, by selected characteristics: United States, 2005–06
 
Selected characteristic Schools   Students   FTE teachers
Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent
Total  28,996 100.0   5,057,520 100.0   435,485 100.0
                 
NCES typology                 
Catholic  7,634 26.3   2,246,240 44.4   149,436 34.3
Parochial  3,669 12.7   982,380 19.4   61,351 14.1
Diocesan  2,972 10.2   895,840 17.7   57,992 13.3
Private  993 3.4   368,020 7.3   30,093 6.9
                 
Other religious  14,445 49.8   1,884,616 37.3   174,815 40.1
Conservative Christian  5,704 19.7   823,696 16.3   71,801 16.5
Affiliated  3,655 12.6   584,979 11.6   57,670 13.2
Unaffiliated  5,086 17.5   475,942 9.4   45,345 10.4
                 
Nonsectarian  6,916 23.9   926,664 18.3   111,233 25.5
Regular  2,770 9.6   604,383 12.0   67,102 15.4
Special emphasis  2,626 9.1   218,123 4.3   26,033 6.0
Special education  1,521 5.2   104,158 2.1   18,098 4.2
                 
School level                 
Elementary  16,812 58.0   2,551,196 50.4   195,183 44.8
Secondary  2,927 10.1   859,453 17.0   70,676 16.2
Combined  9,257 31.9   1,646,871 32.6   169,626 39.0
                 
Program emphasis                 
Regular elementary/secondary  23,368 80.6   4,570,280 90.4   373,542 85.8
Montessori  1,477 5.1   90,357 1.8   10,901 2.5
Special program emphasis  1,231 4.2   206,102 4.1   21,839 5.0
Special education  1,742 6.0   115,663 2.3   20,432 4.7
Vocational/technical     
Alternative  1,002 3.5   66,388 1.3   7,983 1.8
Early childhood  158 0.5   6,812 0.1   597 0.1
                 
Size (number of students)                 
Less than 50  9,520 32.8   236,267 4.7   35,677 8.2
50–149  8,277 28.5   763,189 15.1   85,254 19.6
150–299  6,202 21.4   1,321,541 26.1   105,559 24.2
300–499  2,843 9.8   1,089,541 21.5   83,684 19.2
500–749  1,342 4.6   804,744 15.9   59,212 13.6
750 or more  812 2.8   842,237 16.7   66,100 15.2
                 
Region                 
Northeast  6,548 22.6   1,202,783 23.8   112,599 25.9
Midwest  7,200 24.8   1,233,266 24.4   94,456 21.7
South  9,224 31.8   1,626,304 32.2   149,221 34.3
West  6,024 20.8   995,167 19.7   79,209 18.2
                 
Urbanicity type                 
City  9,774 33.7   2,142,476 42.4   178,583 41.0
Suburban  9,719 33.5   1,948,911 38.5   165,787 38.1
Town  3,188 11.0   365,072 7.2   31,917 7.3
Rural  6,315 21.8   601,060 11.9   59,198 13.6
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding or missing values in cells with too few sample cases. These estimates do not include private schools for which kindergarten is the highest grade.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2005–2006.

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