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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 8.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by school size and selected characteristics: United States, 2005–06
 
Selected characteristic Less than 50 students   50–149 students   150–299 students   300–499 students   500–749 students   750 or more students
         
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Total  9,520 32.8   8,277 28.5   6,202 21.4   2,843   9.8   1,342   4.6   812 2.8
                                       
NCES typology                                       
Catholic  297 3.9   1,666 21.8   3,052 40.0   1,539   20.2   707   9.3   372 4.9
Parochial  79 2.1   838 22.8   1,628 44.4   760   20.7   287   7.8   79 2.1
Diocesan  65 2.2   629 21.2   1,224 41.2   608   20.5   301   10.1   145 4.9
Private  153 15.5   200 20.1   201 20.2   171   17.2   119   12.0   149 15.0
                                       
Other religious  6,175 42.7   4,419 30.6   2,322 16.1   861   6.0   405   2.8   263 1.8
Conservative Christian  2,147 37.6   1,835 32.2   994 17.4   415   7.3   195   3.4   118 2.1
Affiliated  1,181 32.3   1,232 33.7   731 20.0   279   7.6   131   3.6   100 2.7
Unaffiliated  2,846 56.0   1,353 26.6   596 11.7   167   3.3   79   1.5   45 0.9
                                       
Nonsectarian  3,049 44.1   2,192 31.7   828 12.0   443   6.4   230   3.3   176 2.5
Regular  841 30.4   742 26.8   485 17.5   344   12.4   202   7.3   155 5.6
Special emphasis  1,422 54.2   865 32.9   215 8.2   80   3.1   24 ! 0.9 ! 20 0.8
Special education  785 51.6   584 38.4   128 8.4   19   1.2      
                                       
School level                                       
Elementary  5,189 30.9   5,065 30.1   4,262 25.4   1,678   10.0   527   3.1   90 0.5
Secondary  793 27.1   609 20.8   476 16.3   402   13.7   330   11.3   315 10.8
Combined  3,538 38.2   2,602 28.1   1,464 15.8   763   8.2   484   5.2   406 4.4
                                       
Program emphasis                                       
Regular elementary/secondary 6,556 28.1   6,407 27.4   5,682 24.3   2,672   11.4   1,284   5.5   766 3.3
Montessori  870 59.0   489 33.1   102 6.9           0 0.0
Special program emphasis 428 34.8   377 30.7   213 17.3   123   10.0   52   4.2   38 3.1
Special education  916 52.6   662 38.0   140 8.0   19   1.1      
Vocational/technical               
Alternative  619 61.8   300 30.0   62 6.2          
Early childhood  114 72.2   41 25.8     0   0.0   0   0.0   0 0.0
                                       
Region                                       
Northeast  1,973 30.1   1,784 27.3   1,623 24.8   707   10.8   271   4.1   190 2.9
Midwest  2,130 29.6   2,279 31.7   1,569 21.8   745   10.3   317   4.4   161 2.2
South  3,318 36.0   2,517 27.3   1,737 18.8   855   9.3   472   5.1   325 3.5
West  2,099 34.8   1,697 28.2   1,272 21.1   537   8.9   283   4.7   137 2.3
                                       
Urbanicity type                                       
City  2,301 23.5   2,699 27.6   2,513 25.7   1,227   12.6   596   6.1   438 4.5
Suburban  2,689 27.7   2,622 27.0   2,350 24.2   1,166   12.0   563   5.8   330 3.4
Town  1,135 35.6   1,208 37.9   611 19.2   171   5.4   52   1.6  
Rural  3,395 53.8   1,748 27.7   728 11.5   279   4.4   132 ! 2.1 ! 33 0.5
! 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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