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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 2.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, students, and full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers, by religious or nonsectarian orientation of school: United States, 2007–08
 
Religious or nonsectarian orientation Schools Students FTE teachers
Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent  
Total  33,740   100.0     5,072,451   100.0     456,266   100.0  
                             
Religious orientation  22,910   67.9     4,086,880   80.6     329,941   72.3  
Roman Catholic  7,507   22.2     2,156,173   42.5     146,627   32.1  
African Methodist Episcopal  16   #     1,483   #     176   #  
Amish  1,049   3.1     31,954   0.6     1,871   0.4  
Assembly of God  389   1.2     52,413   1.0     4,400   1.0  
Baptist  2,281   6.8     277,961   5.5     25,301   5.5  
                             
Brethren  74   0.2     9,019   0.2     795   0.2  
Calvinist  133   0.4     29,757   0.6     2,127   0.5  
Christian (unspecified)  4,667   13.8     657,879   13.0     60,972   13.4  
Church of Christ  223 ! 0.7 !   38,472   0.8     3,803   0.8  
Church of God  124   0.4     10,768   0.2     1,076   0.2  
                             
Church of God in Christ  25   0.1     1,909   #     166   #  
Church of the Nazarene  79   0.2     8,839   0.2     819   0.2  
Disciples of Christ                 
Episcopal  401   1.2     104,698   2.1     12,055   2.6  
Friends  88   0.3     21,917   0.4     2,776   0.6  
                             
Greek Orthodox  30   0.1     3,420   0.1     382   0.1  
Islamic  235   0.7     33,272   0.7     3,870   0.8  
Jewish  999   3.0     237,251   4.7     26,755   5.9  
Latter Day Saints                 
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod  1,200   3.6     138,257   2.7     10,843   2.4  
                             
Evangelical Lutheran Church In America  180   0.5     14,023   0.3     1,251   0.3  
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod  344   1.0     30,876   0.6     2,290   0.5  
Other Lutheran  81   0.2     6,750   0.1     536   0.1  
Mennonite  442   1.3     24,497   0.5     2,158   0.5  
Methodist  292   0.9     19,703   0.4     2,053   0.4  
                             
Pentecostal  383   1.1     19,783   0.4     2,382   0.5  
Presbyterian  356   1.1     43,857   0.9     4,206   0.9  
Seventh-Day Adventist  855   2.5     53,950   1.1     4,410   1.0  
Other  435   1.3     56,504   1.1     5,707   1.3  
                             
Nonsectarian  10,830   32.1     985,571   19.4     126,325   27.7  
# Rounds to zero.
! 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 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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