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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 5.  Number and percentage distribution of private school students, 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 5,072,451   100.0   2,126,230   100.0   1,987,714   100.0   350,602   100.0   607,905   100.0  
                                         
Private school typology                                        
Catholic 2,156,173   42.5   990,207   46.6   884,005   44.5   174,708   49.8   107,253   17.6  
Parochial 872,976   17.2   370,385   17.4   378,841   19.1   83,743   23.9   40,007   6.6  
Diocesan 905,101   17.8   413,149   19.4   359,910   18.1   84,115   24.0   47,928   7.9  
Private 378,096   7.5   206,672   9.7   145,255   7.3   6,850   2.0   19,319   3.2  
                                         
Other religious 1,930,707   38.1   738,045   34.7   724,374   36.4   133,189   38.0   335,100   55.1  
Conservative Christian 772,951   15.2   258,593   12.2   304,297   15.3   62,755   17.9   147,306   24.2  
Other affiliated 452,787   8.9   203,192   9.6   183,627   9.2   19,846   5.7   46,123   7.6  
Unaffiliated 704,969   13.9   276,260   13.0   236,450   11.9   50,588   14.4   141,671   23.3  
                                         
Nonsectarian 985,571   19.4   397,978   18.7   379,335   19.1   42,705   12.2   165,552   27.2  
Regular 670,057   13.2   273,331   12.9   245,954   12.4   31,088   8.9   119,683   19.7  
Special emphasis 209,094   4.1   84,940   4.0   84,586   4.3   7,983   2.3   31,585   5.2  
Special education 106,420   2.1   39,706   1.9   48,795   2.5   3,634   1.0   14,284   2.3  
                                         
School level                                        
Elementary 2,513,099   49.5   1,055,444   49.6   1,064,775   53.6   187,793   53.6   205,088   33.7  
Secondary 826,905   16.3   416,517   19.6   288,367   14.5   34,409   9.8   87,612   14.4  
Combined 1,732,447   34.2   654,268   30.8   634,572   31.9   128,401   36.6   315,206   51.9  
                                         
Program emphasis                                        
Regular elementary/
secondary
4,589,010   90.5   1,934,188   91.0   1,778,630   89.5   332,336   94.8   543,856   89.5  
Montessori 101,303   2.0   37,074   1.7   50,650   2.5   4,284   1.2   9,296   1.5  
Special program emphasis 119,435   2.4   62,323   2.9   38,798   2.0   3,149   0.9   15,165   2.5  
Special education 116,953   2.3   43,709   2.1   53,922   2.7   3,860   1.1   15,461   2.5  
Vocational/technical                    
Alternative 76,496   1.5   27,877   1.3   26,317   1.3   3,884   1.1   18,418 ! 3.0 !
Early childhood 67,586   1.3   20,080   0.9   39,396   2.0   3,089   0.9   5,021   0.8  
                                         
Size (number of students)                                        
Less than 50 295,250   5.8   75,616   3.6   103,463   5.2   27,672   7.9   88,499   14.6  
50–149 782,795   15.4   256,857   12.1   258,182   13.0   111,289   31.7   156,467   25.7  
150–299 1,269,818   25.0   534,952   25.2   483,782   24.3   113,523   32.4   137,562   22.6  
300–499 1,078,484   21.3   449,987   21.2   461,867   23.2   60,822   17.3   105,808   17.4  
500–749 746,227   14.7   342,806   16.1   318,812   16.0   25,880   7.4   58,729   9.7  
750 or more 899,878   17.7   466,012   21.9   361,607   18.2       60,842   10.0  
                                         
Region                                        
Northeast 1,227,579   24.2   454,068   21.4   611,366   30.8   44,054   12.6   118,091   19.4  
Midwest 1,187,612   23.4   454,361   21.4   448,682   22.6   142,971   40.8   141,598   23.3  
South 1,671,704   33.0   693,601   32.6   585,259   29.4   120,831   34.5   272,013   44.7  
West 985,556   19.4   524,200   24.7   342,407   17.2   42,745   12.2   76,204   12.5  
! 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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