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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 12.  Pupil/teacher ratio in private schools, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2007–08
 
Selected characteristic Total School level
  Elementary   Secondary   Combined  
Total 11.1   12.1   11.9   9.6  
                 
Private school typology                
Catholic 14.7   15.3   14.0   11.3  
Parochial 15.5   15.8   13.3   12.5  
Diocesan 14.9   15.3   14.5   11.8  
Private 12.7   11.5   13.7   10.7  
                 
Other religious 10.5   10.7   9.9   10.5  
Conservative Christian 11.3   11.3   12.3   11.2  
Other affiliated 10.0   10.1   9.4   10.1  
Unaffiliated 10.1   10.6   9.4   9.8  
                 
Nonsectarian 7.8   7.6   7.5   8.0  
Regular 8.4   8.2   7.7   8.7  
Special emphasis 7.6   7.0   8.5   8.9  
Special education 5.6   5.5   5.6   5.6  
                 
Program emphasis                
Regular elementary/secondary 11.8   13.2   12.4   10.1  
Montessori 6.8   6.4     10.2  
Special program emphasis 8.7   8.6   8.2   8.9  
Special education 5.6   5.3   5.6   5.6  
Vocational/technical        
Alternative 9.0   7.6   9.9   9.0  
Early childhood 6.6   6.5     12.7 !
                 
Size (number of students)                
Less than 50 6.1   6.5   5.0   5.5  
50–149 8.9   9.8   8.1   7.6  
150–299 12.0   13.5   9.9   9.7  
300–499 12.7   14.7   11.2   10.4  
500–749 12.9   16.4   13.3   10.7  
750 or more 12.6   15.8   15.1   11.1  
                 
Region                
Northeast 10.3   11.9   10.9   7.9  
Midwest 12.6   13.4   13.4   10.2  
South 10.5   10.9   11.7   10.0  
West 11.8   12.5   12.4   10.6  
                 
Urbanicity type                
City 11.5   12.3   12.7   9.8  
Suburban 11.2   12.3   12.2   9.5  
Town 10.8   11.7   10.4   9.7  
Rural 10.0   11.1   9.2   9.5  
† 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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