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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 16.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2005–06
 
School level
Selected characteristic Total Elementary Secondary Combined
Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent
Total  28,996 100.0   16,812 100.0   2,927 100.0   9,257 100.0
                       
NCES typology                       
Catholic  7,634 26.3   6,251 37.2   1,079 36.9   305 3.3
Parochial  3,669 12.7   3,467 20.6   149 5.1   54 0.6
Diocesan  2,972 10.2   2,386 14.2   505 17.3   81 0.9
Private  993 3.4   398 2.4   425 14.5   170 1.8
                       
Other religious  14,445 49.8   7,269 43.2   838 28.6   6,338 68.5
Conservative Christian  5,704 19.7   2,054 12.2   208 7.1   3,441 37.2
Affiliated  3,655 12.6   2,249 13.4   318 10.9   1,089 11.8
Unaffiliated  5,086 17.5   2,966 17.6   312 10.7   1,808 19.5
                       
Nonsectarian  6,916 23.9   3,292 19.6   1,010 34.5   2,615 28.2
Regular  2,770 9.6   1,443 8.6   387 13.2   939 10.1
Special emphasis  2,626 9.1   1,643 9.8   384 13.1   599 6.5
Special education  1,521 5.2   206 1.2   239 8.2   1,077 11.6
                       
Program emphasis                       
Regular elementary/secondary  23,368 80.6   14,298 85.0   2,142 73.2   6,928 74.8
Montessori  1,477 5.1   1,268 7.5     203 2.2
Special program emphasis  1,231 4.2   598 3.6   193 6.6   440 4.8
Special education  1,742 6.0   247 1.5   255 8.7   1,240 13.4
Vocational/technical       
Alternative  1,002 3.5   267 1.6   315 10.8   420 4.5
Early childhood  158 0.5   134 0.8    
                       
Size (number of students)                       
Less than 50  9,520 32.8   5,189 30.9   793 27.1   3,538 38.2
50–149  8,277 28.5   5,065 30.1   609 20.8   2,602 28.1
150–299  6,202 21.4   4,262 25.4   476 16.3   1,464 15.8
300–499  2,843 9.8   1,678 10.0   402 13.7   763 8.2
500–749  1,342 4.6   527 3.1   330 11.3   484 5.2
750 or more  812 2.8   90 0.5   315 10.8   406 4.4
                       
Region                       
Northeast  6,548 22.6   3,870 23.0   934 31.9   1,744 18.8
Midwest  7,200 24.8   4,893 29.1   627 21.4   1,679 18.1
South  9,224 31.8   4,494 26.7   651 22.2   4,079 44.1
West  6,024 20.8   3,554 21.1   715 24.4   1,755 19.0
                       
Urbanicity type                       
City  9,774 33.7   6,019 35.8   1,201 41.0   2,553 27.6
Suburban  9,719 33.5   5,977 35.6   894 30.6   2,848 30.8
Town  3,188 11.0   1,825 10.9   204 7.0   1,159 12.5
Rural  6,315 21.8   2,991 17.8   627 21.4   2,697 29.1
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding or missing values in cells where reporting standards were not met. 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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