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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 7.  Average private school size, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2005–06
 
Selected characteristic Average number of students
Total Elementary Secondary Combined
Total  174.4 151.8 293.6 177.9
         
NCES typology         
Catholic  294.2 247.8 553.9 327.2
Parochial  267.7 258.1 444.6 400.3
Diocesan  301.5 247.1 563.7 267.5
Private  370.6 163.0 580.5 332.4
         
Other religious  130.5 97.3 161.8 164.4
Conservative Christian  144.4 107.6 163.9 165.2
Affiliated  160.0 122.6 183.3 230.5
Unaffiliated  93.6 70.9 138.7 122.9
         
Nonsectarian  134.0 89.6 125.0 193.3
Regular  218.2 120.9 222.7 365.8
Special emphasis  83.1 67.1 72.1 133.9
Special education  68.5 50.0 51.5 75.8
         
Program emphasis         
Regular elementary/secondary  195.6 166.0 368.3 203.3
Montessori  61.2 57.7 79.6
Special program emphasis  167.4 121.5 197.8 216.5
Special education  66.4 48.7 51.2 73.1
Vocational/technical 
Alternative  66.3 52.2 53.7 84.6
Early childhood  43.2 47.6
         
Size (number of students)         
Less than 50  24.8 25.5 23.6 24.0
50–149  92.2 94.4 90.0 88.4
150–299  213.1 212.4 218.7 213.2
300–499  383.2 382.4 385.5 383.9
500–749  599.7 583.8 602.6 615.0
750 or more  1,037.5 948.7 1,038.6 1,056.4
         
Region         
Northeast  183.7 161.1 298.6 172.4
Midwest  171.3 157.3 359.4 141.7
South  176.3 140.7 267.9 201.0
West  165.2 148.0 252.9 164.3
         
Urbanicity type         
City  219.2 180.8 358.8 244.1
Suburban  200.5 178.3 327.2 207.4
Town  114.5 108.0 156.4 117.5
Rural  95.2 67.1 165.6 110.0
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: 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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