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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 3.  Percentage distribution of private schools, by program emphasis and selected characteristics: United States, 2007–08
 
Selected characteristic Regular elementary/ secondary Montessori Special program emphasis Special education Vocational/ technical programs
Alternative Early childhood
           
Total  67.9   7.9   2.7   5.2     3.6   12.8  
                             
Private school typology                             
Catholic  96.2   0.8   0.4   0.9     0.5   1.1  
Parochial  99.1              
Diocesan  97.1       1.1       0.7  
Private  84.5   4.0     2.7     2.5   4.8  
                             
Other religious  83.8   1.2   2.1   1.0     2.9   9.1  
Conservative Christian  90.8   0.3   1.8   0.6     2.6   3.8  
Other affiliated  86.6   0.6   3.4   1.0     1.2   7.3  
Unaffiliated  78.1   1.9   1.8   1.2     3.7   13.2  
                             
Nonsectarian  25.5   22.3   5.0   14.2     6.8   26.2  
Regular  49.4             50.6  
Special emphasis    65.3   14.7       19.9    
Special education        100.0        
                             
School level                             
Elementary  64.2   11.4   2.3   1.3     1.2   19.6  
Secondary  73.3     3.4   9.3     13.7    
Combined  75.1   1.8   3.2   13.4     6.2   0.3 !
                             
Size (number of students)                             
Less than 50  42.7   14.0   2.3   6.3     5.6   29.1  
50–149  77.0   6.1   3.5   8.1     3.8   1.5  
150–299  91.9   1.9   2.8   2.3     0.8    
300–499  95.8     2.5       0.8    
500–749  97.8   0.0           0.0  
750 or more  97.1       0.0       0.0  
                             
Region                             
Northeast  60.8   5.6   2.1   9.2     3.1   19.1  
Midwest  79.8   7.2   1.6   2.5     1.7   7.1  
South  70.0   7.7   2.8   4.2     4.6   10.8  
West  60.0   11.3   4.2   4.9     4.9   14.7  
                             
Urbanicity type                             
City  67.4   8.1   3.8   5.7     3.2   11.7  
Suburban  58.7   10.6   2.3   6.1     3.0   19.3  
Town  82.5   4.8   1.3   2.3     2.4   6.7  
Rural  79.2   3.7   2.0   3.9     6.1   5.1  
† Not applicable.
! 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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