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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 12.  Pupil/teacher ratio in private schools, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2005–06
 
Selected characteristic    School level 
Total  Elementary  Secondary  Combined 
Total  11.6 13.1 12.2 9.7
         
NCES typology         
Catholic  15.0 16.0 14.0 10.3
Parochial  16.0 16.4 13.4 12.1
Diocesan  15.4 16.0 14.7 11.9
Private  12.2 11.5 13.4 9.3
         
Other religious  10.8 11.2 10.0 10.6
Conservative Christian  11.5 11.6 12.1 11.4
Affiliated  10.1 10.7 8.8 9.9
Unaffiliated  10.5 11.3 10.5 9.8
         
Nonsectarian  8.3 8.5 8.8 8.1
Regular  9.0 9.2 9.8 8.7
Special emphasis  8.4 7.9 7.8 9.4
Special education  5.8 5.4 6.1 5.8
         
Program emphasis         
Regular elementary/secondary 12.2 13.7 12.7 10.2
Montessori  8.3 7.8 11.4
Special program emphasis  9.4 9.1 9.1 9.8
Special education  5.7 5.3 6.0 5.7
Vocational/technical 
Alternative  8.3 7.9 8.5 8.4
Early childhood  11.4 11.8
         
Size (number of students)         
Less than 50  6.6 7.5 5.2 5.9
50–149  9.0 10.0 7.4 7.7
150–299  12.5 14.1 10.1 10.1
300–499  13.0 15.0 11.4 10.7
500–749  13.6 17.4 13.9 11.0
750 or more  12.7 17.2 15.3 10.8
         
Region         
Northeast  10.7 12.9 10.8 7.8
Midwest  13.1 14.1 13.6 10.2
South  10.9 11.7 12.0 10.2
West  12.6 13.8 13.2 10.5
         
Urbanicity type         
City  12.0 13.3 12.9 9.9
Suburban  11.8 13.3 12.2 9.6
Town  11.4 12.7 10.3 10.3
Rural  10.2 11.4 10.2 9.4
† 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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