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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 8.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by school size and selected characteristics: United States, 2007–08
 
Selected characteristic Less than 50
students
50–149
students
150–299
students
300–499
students
500–749
students
750 or more
students
Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent
Total 14,368   42.6   8,512   25.2   5,969   17.7   2,802   8.3   1,237   3.7   853   2.5
                                               
Private school typology                                              
Catholic 362   4.8   1,711   22.8   2,936   39.1   1,495   19.9   650   8.7   354   4.7
Parochial 95   2.8   768   22.7   1,530   45.3   712   21.1   220   6.5   54   1.6
Diocesan 104   3.4   726   23.5   1,198   38.8   615   19.9   290   9.4   154   5.0
Private 163   15.6   218   20.9   208   19.9   168   16.1   140   13.4   146   14.0
                                               
Other religious 7,205   46.8   4,437   28.8   2,158   14.0   898   5.8   397   2.6   308   2.0
Conservative Christian 1,741   34.1   1,780   34.9   877   17.2   405   7.9   181   3.6   121   2.4
Other affiliated 958   34.9   831   30.3   539   19.7   212   7.7   109   4.0   93   3.4
Unaffiliated 4,507   59.7   1,826   24.2   742   9.8   281   3.7   107   1.4   93   1.2
                                               
Nonsectarian 6,801   62.8   2,364   21.8   875   8.1   409   3.8   190   1.8   191   1.8
Regular 3,562   63.6   841   15.0   505   9.0   340   6.1   176   3.1   179   3.2
Special emphasis 2,467   66.8   908   24.6   237   6.4   54   1.5        
Special education 773   50.3   615   40.1   132   8.6           0   0.0
                                               
School level                                              
Elementary 10,473   47.9   5,143   23.5   4,091   18.7   1,631   7.5   456   2.1   75   0.3
Secondary 842   28.7   655   22.3   458   15.6   383   13.1   289   9.9   304   10.4
Combined 3,053   34.2   2,714   30.4   1,420   15.9   788   8.8   491   5.5   473   5.3
                                               
Program emphasis                                              
Regular elementary/
secondary
6,141   26.8   6,555   28.6   5,488   24.0   2,683   11.7   1,210   5.3   828   3.6
Montessori 2,005   75.7   518   19.5   116   4.4       0   0.0    
Special program
emphasis
330   36.8   296   33.1   170   19.0   70   7.8        
Special education 901   51.5   693   39.6   139   7.9   14   0.8       0   0.0
Vocational/technical                      
Alternative 812   66.4   324   26.6   47   3.9   21   1.7        
Early childhood 4,179   96.8   125   2.9           0   0.0   0   0.0
                                               
Region                                              
Northeast 3,785   45.4   1,862   22.3   1,524   18.3   702   8.4   259   3.1   200   2.4
Midwest 3,019   38.1   2,254   28.4   1,519   19.2   684   8.6   312   3.9   145   1.8
South 4,232   41.1   2,734   26.5   1,640   15.9   892   8.7   445   4.3   362   3.5
West 3,332   46.5   1,662   23.2   1,285   17.9   524   7.3   221   3.1   146   2.0
                                               
Urbanicity type                                              
City 3,790   33.8   2,742   24.5   2,497   22.3   1,173   10.5   565   5.0   444   4.0
Suburban 5,530   43.7   2,810   22.2   2,273   17.9   1,188   9.4   530   4.2   335   2.6
Town 1,312   39.7   1,226   37.2   542   16.4   163   4.9   44   1.3    
Rural 3,736   56.9   1,733   26.4   657   10.0   278   4.2   98   1.5   61   0.9
‡ 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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