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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 6.  Number and percentage distribution of private school students, by grade and NCES typology: United States, 2005–06
 
  Kindergarten1   First grade   Second grade   Third grade   Fourth grade
NCES typology Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number   Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
Total  458,298 100.0   421,123 100.0   405,472 100.0   398,117   100.0   391,534 100.0
                               
Catholic  178,720 39.0   179,781 42.7   180,118 44.4   180,833   45.4   180,008 46.0
Parochial  100,677 22.0   102,465 24.3   103,157 25.4   103,343   26.0   103,272 26.4
Diocesan  68,659 15.0   67,971 16.1   68,010 16.8   68,315   17.2   67,893 17.3
Private  9,383 2.0   9,345 2.2   8,950 2.2   9,175   2.3   8,844 2.3
                               
Other religious  191,801 41.9   173,150 41.1   164,347 40.5   159,217   40.0   155,106 39.6
Conservative Christian  87,167 19.0   75,912 18.0   71,514 17.6   69,382   17.4   67,006 17.1
Affiliated  57,866 12.6   52,664 12.5   50,869 12.5   49,685   12.5   48,874 12.5
Unaffiliated  46,768 10.2   44,574 10.6   41,964 10.3   40,151   10.1   39,225 10.0
                               
Nonsectarian  87,778 19.2   68,191 16.2   61,007 15.0   58,067   14.6   56,420 14.4
Regular  52,920 11.5   44,631 10.6   41,349 10.2   40,029   10.1   39,247 10.0
Special emphasis  33,786 7.4   21,912 5.2   17,754 4.4   15,249   3.8   13,715 3.5
Special education  1,072 0.2   1,648 0.4   1,904 0.5   2,789   0.7   3,458 0.9
  Fifth grade   Sixth grade   Seventh grade   Eighth grade   Ninth grade
NCES typology Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number   Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
Total  389,717 100.0   393,223 100.0   390,549 100.0   387,723   100.0   356,131 100.0
                               
Catholic  182,545 46.8   182,934 46.5   177,322 45.4   176,517   45.5   166,183 46.7
Parochial  104,114 26.7   103,155 26.2   97,222 24.9   94,565   24.4   19,743 5.5
Diocesan  69,000 17.7   67,918 17.3   65,739 16.8   66,842   17.2   74,971 21.1
Private  9,431 2.4   11,861 3.0   14,361 3.7   15,109   3.9   71,469 20.1
                               
Other religious  150,988 38.7   151,546 38.5   148,074 37.9   144,088   37.2   118,178 33.2
Conservative Christian  65,565 16.8   65,931 16.8   63,794 16.3   61,630   15.9   53,565 15.0
Affiliated  47,755 12.3   47,687 12.1   46,597 11.9   45,269   11.7   35,875 10.1
Unaffiliated  37,668 9.7   37,928 9.6   37,684 9.6   37,189   9.6   28,739 8.1
                               
Nonsectarian  56,183 14.4   58,742 14.9   65,153 16.7   67,118   17.3   71,769 20.2
Regular  39,514 10.1   41,633 10.6   46,823 12.0   47,673   12.3   50,604 14.2
Special emphasis  12,556 3.2   11,643 3.0   11,661 3.0   11,853   3.1   11,808 3.3
Special education  4,113 1.1   5,466 1.4   6,669 1.7   7,592   2.0   9,357 2.6
  Tenth grade   Eleventh grade   Twelfth grade   Ungraded      
NCES typology Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number Per-
cent
  Number   Per-
cent
     
Total  348,189 100.0   326,257 100.0   315,287 100.0   75,900   100.0      
                               
Catholic  159,570 45.8   151,392 46.4   145,603 46.2   4,714   6.2      
Parochial  17,181 4.9   16,638 5.1   15,992 5.1   856   1.1      
Diocesan  72,770 20.9   69,294 21.2   66,388 21.1   2,068   2.7      
Private  69,619 20.0   65,460 20.1   63,223 20.1   1,789   2.4      
                               
Other religious  112,329 32.3   104,805 32.1   101,722 32.3   9,264   12.2      
Conservative Christian  50,432 14.5   45,735 14.0   42,363 13.4   3,700   4.9      
Affiliated  34,612 9.9   32,854 10.1   31,997 10.1   2,374   3.1      
Unaffiliated  27,285 7.8   26,217 8.0   27,362 8.7   3,190   4.2      
                               
Nonsectarian  76,290 21.9   70,060 21.5   67,962 21.6   61,922   81.6      
Regular  55,191 15.9   50,001 15.3   49,036 15.6   5,731   7.6      
Special emphasis  12,008 3.4   11,961 3.7   11,605 3.7   20,611   27.2      
Special education  9,091 2.6   8,098 2.5   7,321 2.3   35,581   46.9      
1 The count for kindergarten students also includes transitional kindergarten and transitional first grade students.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. 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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