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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 5.  Number and percentage distribution of private school students, by urbanicity type and selected characteristics: United States, 2005–06
 
Selected characteristic Total   City   Suburban   Town   Rural
Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number   Per-
cent
Total  5,057,520 100.0   2,142,476 100.0   1,948,911 100.0   365,072 100.0   601,060   100.0
                               
NCES typology                               
Catholic  2,246,240 44.4   1,034,253 48.3   920,128 47.2   181,206 49.6   110,652   18.4
Parochial  982,380 19.4   430,960 20.1   415,663 21.3   93,385 25.6   42,372   7.0
Diocesan  895,840 17.7   402,874 18.8   360,924 18.5   81,425 22.3   50,617   8.4
Private  368,020 7.3   200,419 9.4   143,541 7.4   6,396 1.8   17,664   2.9
                               
Other religious  1,884,616 37.3   728,881 34.0   689,092 35.4   140,503 38.5   326,141   54.3
Conservative Christian  823,696 16.3   281,732 13.1   325,719 16.7   66,147 18.1   150,098   25.0
Affiliated  584,979 11.6   267,048 12.5   223,790 11.5   35,188 9.6   58,952   9.8
Unaffiliated  475,942 9.4   180,101 8.4   139,583 7.2   39,167 10.7   117,090   19.5
                               
Nonsectarian  926,664 18.3   379,342 17.7   339,691 17.4   43,363 11.9   164,267   27.3
Regular  604,383 12.0   250,561 11.7   214,735 11.0   29,966 8.2   109,121   18.2
Special emphasis  218,123 4.3   89,147 4.2   78,628 4.0   10,252 2.8   40,096   6.7
Special education  104,158 2.1   39,634 1.8   46,328 2.4   3,146 0.9   15,050   2.5
                               
School level                               
Elementary  2,551,196 50.4   1,088,022 50.8   1,065,475 54.7   197,073 54.0   200,626   33.4
Secondary  859,453 17.0   431,087 20.1   292,639 15.0   31,832 8.7   103,896   17.3
Combined  1,646,871 32.6   623,368 29.1   590,797 30.3   136,168 37.3   296,539   49.3
                               
Program emphasis                               
Regular elementary/secondary  4,570,280 90.4   1,936,432 90.4   1,759,861 90.3   345,367 94.6   528,621   87.9
Montessori  90,357 1.8   32,818 1.5   41,521 2.1   5,163 1.4   10,856   1.8
Special program emphasis  206,102 4.1   97,934 4.6   69,884 3.6   7,627 2.1   30,656   5.1
Special education  115,663 2.3   43,992 2.1   51,519 2.6   3,259 0.9   16,893   2.8
Vocational/technical           
Alternative  66,388 1.3   28,437 1.3   21,454 1.1   3,509 1.0   12,988   2.2
Early childhood  6,812 0.1   1,866 0.1   4,292 0.2      
                               
Size (number of students)                               
Less than 50  236,267 4.7   59,036 2.8   68,521 3.5   24,334 6.7   84,376   14.0
50–149  763,189 15.1   252,363 11.8   246,617 12.7   113,036 31.0   151,173   25.2
150–299  1,321,541 26.1   540,528 25.2   505,214 25.9   123,879 33.9   151,920   25.3
300–499  1,089,541 21.5   470,676 22.0   452,070 23.2   63,214 17.3   103,580   17.2
500–749  804,744 15.9   361,280 16.9   337,161 17.3   30,751 8.4   75,552 ! 12.6
750 or more  842,237 16.7   458,592 21.4   339,328 17.4     34,458   5.7
                               
Region                               
Northeast  1,202,783 23.8   464,155 21.7   586,469 30.1   43,776 12.0   108,383   18.0
Midwest  1,233,266 24.4   458,928 21.4   468,386 24.0   155,134 42.5   150,819   25.1
South  1,626,304 32.2   696,179 32.5   559,081 28.7   120,001 32.9   251,043   41.8
West  995,167 19.7   523,215 24.4   334,976 17.2   46,161 12.6   90,816   15.1
! 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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