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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 20.  Number and percentage distribution of private school students, by school level and religious or nonsectarian orientation of school: United States, 2005–06
 
School level
Religious ornonsectarian orientation Total Elementary Secondary Combined
Number Percent   Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number Percent
Total 5,057,520 100.0   2,551,196   100.0     859,453   100.0     1,646,871 100.0
                               
Religious orientation  4,130,856 81.7   2,256,139   88.4     733,199   85.3     1,141,518 69.3
Roman Catholic  2,246,240 44.4   1,549,040   60.7     597,568   69.5     99,633 6.0
African Methodist Episcopal               
Amish  25,589 0.5   23,489   0.9           2,089 0.1
Assembly of God  56,683 1.1   24,490   1.0           31,296 1.9
Baptist  278,921 5.5   56,219   2.2     9,168 ! 1.1 !   213,534 13.0
                               
Brethren  11,512 0.2   3,983   0.2           6,126 0.4
Calvinist  32,642 0.6   14,687   0.6     6,726   0.8     11,229 0.7
Christian (unspecified)  633,861 12.5   155,983   6.1     34,892   4.1     442,986 26.9
Church of Christ  37,549 0.7   7,318   0.3           30,189 1.8
Church of God  11,436 0.2   3,503   0.1           7,849 0.5
                               
Church of God in Christ  3,698 0.1   2,798 ! 0.1 !        
Church of the Nazarene  9,440 0.2   4,652   0.2     0   0.0     4,788 0.3
Disciples of Christ               
Episcopal  100,961 2.0   41,895   1.6     10,626   1.2     48,440 2.9
Friends  20,222 0.4   5,485   0.2     1,036   0.1     13,701 0.8
                               
Greek Orthodox  4,163 0.1   3,358   0.1          
Islamic  26,209 0.5   10,688   0.4           15,230 0.9
Jewish  204,847 4.1   96,350   3.8     31,340   3.6     77,157 4.7
Latter Day Saints               
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod  144,669 2.9   121,580   4.8     14,534   1.7     8,556 0.5
                               
Evangelical Lutheran Church In
America 
17,672 0.3   14,888   0.6          
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran
Synod 
31,267 0.6   24,864   1.0     6,344   0.7    
Other Lutheran  4,996 0.1   3,869   0.2          
Mennonite  27,795 0.5   11,322   0.4           15,554 0.9
Methodist  19,394 0.4   10,172   0.4           8,248 0.5
                               
Pentecostal  22,971 0.5   4,379   0.2     580   0.1     18,012 1.1
Presbyterian  38,314 0.8   16,266   0.6           20,868 1.3
Seventh-Day Adventist  55,488 1.1   23,551   0.9     8,318   1.0     23,619 1.4
Other  61,473 1.2   19,022   0.7     4,912   0.6     37,539 2.3
                               
Nonsectarian  926,664 18.3   295,057   11.6     126,255   14.7     505,353 30.7
! 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 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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