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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 4.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by urbanicity type and selected characteristics: United States, 2007–08
 
Selected characteristic Total   City   Suburban   Town   Rural
Number   Percent   Number  Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent  Number  Percent
Total  33,740   100.0   11,212   100.0   12,665   100.0   3,300   100.0   6,563   100.0
                                       
Private school typology                                       
Catholic  7,507   22.2   3,076   27.4   2,774   21.9   1,017   30.8   640   9.8
Parochial  3,378   10.0   1,312   11.7   1,295   10.2   487   14.8   285   4.3
Diocesan  3,087   9.1   1,264   11.3   1,096   8.7   476   14.4   251   3.8
Private  1,042   3.1   500   4.5   384   3.0   54   1.6   105   1.6
                                       
Other religious  15,403   45.7   4,460   39.8   4,853   38.3   1,683   51.0   4,407   67.1
Conservative Christian  5,106   15.1   1,346   12.0   1,717   13.6   699   21.2   1,345   20.5
Other affiliated  2,741   8.1   1,029   9.2   948   7.5   249   7.6   516   7.9
Unaffiliated  7,555   22.4   2,085   18.6   2,189   17.3   736   22.3   2,546   38.8
                                       
Nonsectarian  10,830   32.1   3,677   32.8   5,038   39.8   600   18.2   1,516   23.1
Regular  5,603   16.6   1,833   16.3   2,667   21.1   323   9.8   780   11.9
Special emphasis  3,691   10.9   1,276   11.4   1,695   13.4   207   6.3   513   7.8
Special education  1,536   4.6   568   5.1   675   5.3   70   2.1   223   3.4
                                       
School level                                       
Elementary  21,870   64.8   7,474   66.7   8,886   70.2   2,049   62.1   3,461   52.7
Secondary  2,932   8.7   1,220   10.9   893   7.0   201   6.1   619   9.4
Combined  8,938   26.5   2,518   22.5   2,886   22.8   1,050   31.8   2,483   37.8
                                       
Program emphasis                                       
Regular elementary/
secondary 
22,905   67.9   7,555   67.4   7,431   58.7   2,724   82.5   5,195   79.2
Montessori  2,650   7.9   909   8.1   1,341   10.6   159   4.8   241   3.7
Special program emphasis  896   2.7   426   3.8   295   2.3   42   1.3   134   2.0
Special education  1,748   5.2   643   5.7   774   6.1   76   2.3   256   3.9
Vocational/technical                   
Alternative  1,221   3.6   364   3.2   380   3.0   78   2.4   399   6.1
Early childhood  4,315   12.8   1,314   11.7   2,445   19.3   221   6.7   336   5.1
                                       
Size (number of students)                                       
Less than 50  14,368   42.6   3,790   33.8   5,530   43.7   1,312   39.7   3,736   56.9
50–149  8,512   25.2   2,742   24.5   2,810   22.2   1,226   37.2   1,733   26.4
150–299  5,969   17.7   2,497   22.3   2,273   17.9   542   16.4   657   10.0
300–499  2,802   8.3   1,173   10.5   1,188   9.4   163   4.9   278   4.2
500–749  1,237   3.7   565   5.0   530   4.2   44   1.3   98   1.5
750 or more  853   2.5   444   4.0   335   2.6       61   0.9
                                       
Region                                       
Northeast  8,331   24.7   2,172   19.4   4,009   31.7   438   13.3   1,712   26.1
Midwest  7,932   23.5   2,385   21.3   2,382   18.8   1,191   36.1   1,974   30.1
South  10,305   30.5   3,424   30.5   3,721   29.4   1,135   34.4   2,025   30.9
West  7,171   21.3   3,230   28.8   2,554   20.2   536   16.2   852   13.0
‡ 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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