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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 4.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by urbanicity type and selected characteristics: United States, 2005–06
 
Selected characteristic Total   City   Suburban   Town   Rural  
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Total  28,996   100.0   9,774   100.0   9,719   100.0   3,188   100.0   6,315   100.0  
                                         
NCES typology                                         
Catholic  7,634   26.3   3,158   32.3   2,810   28.9   1,016   31.9   650   10.3  
Parochial  3,669   12.7   1,484   15.2   1,362   14.0   532   16.7   291   4.6  
Diocesan  2,972   10.2   1,202   12.3   1,065   11.0   448   14.0   256   4.1  
Private  993   3.4   471   4.8   382   3.9   37   1.2   103   1.6  
                                         
Other religious  14,445   49.8   4,031   41.2   4,262   43.9   1,720   54.0   4,432   70.2  
Conservative Christian  5,704   19.7   1,454   14.9   1,857   19.1   723   22.7   1,669   26.4  
Affiliated  3,655   12.6   1,341   13.7   1,178   12.1   387   12.1   749   11.9  
Unaffiliated  5,086   17.5   1,235   12.6   1,227   12.6   611   19.2   2,013   31.9  
                                         
Nonsectarian  6,916   23.9   2,586   26.5   2,647   27.2   451   14.2   1,232   19.5  
Regular  2,770   9.6   1,062   10.9   1,077   11.1   128   4.0   503   8.0  
Special emphasis  2,626   9.1   920   9.4   961   9.9   250   7.9   495   7.8  
Special education  1,521   5.2   604   6.2   610   6.3   73   2.3   234   3.7  
                                         
School level                                         
Elementary  16,812   58.0   6,019   61.6   5,977   61.5   1,825   57.2   2,991   47.4  
Secondary  2,927   10.1   1,201   12.3   894   9.2   204   6.4   627   9.9  
Combined  9,257   31.9   2,553   26.1   2,848   29.3   1,159   36.4   2,697   42.7  
                                         
Program emphasis                                         
                                         
Regular elementary/secondary  23,368   80.6   7,716   78.9   7,574   77.9   2,768   86.8   5,311   84.1  
Montessori  1,477   5.1   491   5.0   655   6.7   170 ! 5.3 ! 161   2.5  
Special program emphasis  1,231   4.2   525   5.4   377   3.9   66   2.1   263   4.2  
Special education  1,742   6.0   680   7.0   705   7.3   79   2.5   278   4.4  
Vocational/technical                     
Alternative  1,002   3.5   310   3.2   307   3.2   103   3.2   281   4.5  
Early childhood  158   0.5   50   0.5   88   0.9          
                                         
Size (number of students)                                         
Less than 50  9,520   32.8   2,301   23.5   2,689   27.7   1,135   35.6   3,395   53.8  
50–149  8,277   28.5   2,699   27.6   2,622   27.0   1,208   37.9   1,748   27.7  
150–299  6,202   21.4   2,513   25.7   2,350   24.2   611   19.2   728   11.5  
300–499  2,843   9.8   1,227   12.6   1,166   12.0   171   5.4   279   4.4  
500–749  1,342   4.6   596   6.1   563   5.8   52   1.6   132 ! 2.1 !
750 or more  812   2.8   438   4.5   330   3.4       33   0.5  
                                         
Region                                         
Northeast  6,548   22.6   1,915   19.6   2,774   28.5   413   12.9   1,445   22.9  
Midwest  7,200   24.8   2,044   20.9   1,984   20.4   1,261   39.6   1,911   30.3  
South  9,224   31.8   3,132   32.0   3,051   31.4   948   29.7   2,093   33.1  
West  6,024   20.8   2,682   27.4   1,911   19.7   566   17.7   865   13.7  
! 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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