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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 7.  Average private school size, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2007–08
 
Selected characteristic Average number of students
Total   Elementary   Secondary   Combined  
Total 150.3   114.9   282.0   193.8  
                 
Private school typology                
Catholic 287.2   239.5   544.1   313.0  
Parochial 258.4   250.5   388.9   310.4  
Diocesan 293.2   240.1   560.4   278.1  
Private 362.8   157.9   583.1   333.0  
                 
Other religious 125.3   83.2   152.7   182.6  
Conservative Christian 151.4   105.0   149.6   180.3  
Other affiliated 165.2   113.7   181.7   292.3  
Unaffiliated 93.3   63.6   137.6   151.0  
                 
Nonsectarian 91.0   47.6   104.2   203.8  
Regular 119.6   49.4   181.0   375.3  
Special emphasis 56.6   44.3   62.4   116.2  
Special education 69.3   56.5   51.4   76.5  
                 
Program emphasis                
Regular elementary/secondary 200.4   162.6   360.2   228.2  
Montessori 38.2   34.7   122.7   89.0  
Special program emphasis 133.2   100.9   140.2   188.0  
Special education 66.9   54.9   51.1   73.3  
Vocational/technical        
Alternative 62.6   42.7   56.4   76.7  
Early childhood 15.7   15.4     52.1 !
                 
Size (number of students)                
Less than 50 20.5   19.0   22.0   25.5  
50–149 92.0   93.9   94.9   87.5  
150–299 212.7   211.2   218.0   215.4  
300–499 384.9   384.3   387.6   384.9  
500–749 603.5   588.5   613.9   611.3  
750 or more 1,055.4   951.5   1,052.0   1,074.1  
                 
Region                
Northeast 147.3   111.0   286.7   185.5  
Midwest 149.7   127.1   344.4   153.8  
South 162.2   111.8   256.5   218.1  
West 137.4   108.3   239.7   179.3  
                 
Urbanicity type                
City 189.6   141.2   341.3   259.8  
Suburban 156.9   119.8   323.0   219.8  
Town 106.2   91.6   171.6   122.3  
Rural 92.6   59.3   141.6   126.9  
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation for this estimate is larger than 25 percent.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: 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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