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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 1.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, students, and full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers, by selected characteristics: United States, 2007–08
 
Selected characteristic Schools Students FTE teachers
Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent
Total  33,740   100.0   5,072,451   100.0   456,266   100.0
                       
Private school typology                       
Catholic  7,507   22.2   2,156,173   42.5   146,627   32.1
Parochial  3,378   10.0   872,976   17.2   56,274   12.3
Diocesan  3,087   9.1   905,101   17.8   60,613   13.3
Private  1,042   3.1   378,096   7.5   29,740   6.5
                       
Other religious  15,403   45.7   1,930,707   38.1   183,314   40.2
Conservative Christian  5,106   15.1   772,951   15.2   68,538   15.0
Other affiliated  2,741   8.1   452,787   8.9   45,228   9.9
Unaffiliated  7,555   22.4   704,969   13.9   69,548   15.2
                       
Nonsectarian  10,830   32.1   985,571   19.4   126,325   27.7
Regular  5,603   16.6   670,057   13.2   79,712   17.5
Special emphasis  3,691   10.9   209,094   4.1   27,493   6.0
Special education  1,536   4.6   106,420   2.1   19,120   4.2
                       
School level                       
Elementary  21,870   64.8   2,513,099   49.5   207,229   45.4
Secondary  2,932   8.7   826,905   16.3   69,241   15.2
Combined  8,938   26.5   1,732,447   34.2   179,796   39.4
                       
Program emphasis                       
Regular elementary/
secondary 
22,905   67.9   4,589,010   90.5   387,634   85.0
Montessori  2,650   7.9   101,303   2.0   14,907   3.3
Special program emphasis  896   2.7   119,435   2.4   13,787   3.0
Special education  1,748   5.2   116,953   2.3   21,052   4.6
Vocational/technical           
Alternative  1,221   3.6   76,496   1.5   8,507   1.9
Early childhood  4,315   12.8   67,586   1.3   10,257   2.2
                       
Size (number of students)                       
Less than 50  14,368   42.6   295,250   5.8   48,307   10.6
50–149  8,512   25.2   782,795   15.4   88,252   19.3
150–299  5,969   17.7   1,269,818   25.0   105,567   23.1
300–499  2,802   8.3   1,078,484   21.3   84,745   18.6
500–749  1,237   3.7   746,227   14.7   57,940   12.7
750 or more  853   2.5   899,878   17.7   71,454   15.7
                       
Region                       
Northeast  8,331   24.7   1,227,579   24.2   119,485   26.2
Midwest  7,932   23.5   1,187,612   23.4   94,119   20.6
South  10,305   30.5   1,671,704   33.0   159,341   34.9
West  7,171   21.3   985,556   19.4   83,322   18.3
                       
Urbanicity type                       
City  11,212   33.2   2,126,230   41.9   185,527   40.7
Suburban  12,665   37.5   1,987,714   39.2   177,162   38.8
Town  3,300   9.8   350,602   6.9   32,492   7.1
Rural  6,563   19.5   607,905   12.0   61,086   13.4
‡ 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 include schools for which kindergarten is the highest grade (kindergarten-terminal schools) as well as those that provide instruction for one or more of grades 1 through 12 (or comparable ungraded levels).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2007–08.

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