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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 3.  Percentage distribution of private schools, by program emphasis and selected characteristics: United States, 2005–06
 
Selected characteristic Regular elementary/
secondary
  Montessori   Special program emphasis   Special education   Vocational/
technical programs
  Alternative   Early childhood
Total  80.6   5.1   4.2   6.0     3.5   0.5
                           
NCES typology                           
Catholic  97.1   0.6   1.3   0.9       0.0
Parochial  99.0     0.8         0.0
Diocesan  97.6     1.1   0.9       0.0
Private  88.5   3.0   3.8   3.7       0.0
                           
Other religious  92.1   0.7   3.4   1.1     2.4   0.3
Conservative Christian  93.4   0.3   2.9   0.4     2.8  
Affiliated  92.6   0.6   4.5   1.0     1.2  
Unaffiliated  90.4   1.2   3.2   1.8     2.9   0.4
                           
Nonsectarian  38.3   19.3   9.2   22.0     9.3   1.7
Regular  95.6             4.4
Special emphasis    50.8   24.2       24.5  
Special education        100.0      
                           
School level                           
Elementary  85.0   7.5   3.6   1.5     1.6   0.8
Secondary  73.2     6.6   8.7     10.8  
Combined  74.8   2.2   4.8   13.4     4.5  
                           
Size (number of students)                           
Less than 50  68.9   9.1   4.5   9.6     6.5   1.2
50–149  77.4   5.9   4.6   8.0     3.6   0.5
150–299  91.6   1.6   3.4   2.3     1.0  
300–499  94.0     4.3   0.7       0.0
500–749  95.7     3.8         0.0
750 or more  94.4   0.0   4.7         0.0
                           
Region                           
Northeast  77.8   3.3   4.1   10.2     3.2   1.3
Midwest  88.8   3.5   2.7   2.9     1.8   0.4
South  80.3   6.3   4.3   5.3     3.5   0.2
West  74.3   7.1   6.2   6.2     5.6   0.5
                           
Urbanicity type                           
City  78.9   5.0   5.4   7.0     3.2   0.5
Suburban  77.9   6.7   3.9   7.3     3.2   0.9
Town  86.8   5.3 ! 2.1   2.5     3.2  
Rural  84.1   2.5   4.2   4.4     4.5  
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation for this estimate is larger than 25 percent.
‡ 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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