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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 1.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, students, and full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers, by selected characteristics: United States, 200910
 
Selected characteristic Schools Students FTE teachers
Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent  
Total  33,366   100.0     4,700,119   100.0     437,414   100.0  
                             
Private school typology                             
Catholic  7,115   21.3     2,009,640   42.8     142,620   32.6  
Parochial  3,111   9.3     783,856   16.7     52,686   12.0  
Diocesan  2,969   8.9     844,794   18.0     58,463   13.4  
Private  1,035   3.1     380,991   8.1     31,471   7.2  
                             
Other religious  15,616   46.8     1,752,011   37.3     171,868   39.3  
Conservative Christian  4,614   13.8     637,416   13.6     59,679   13.6  
Other affiliated  2,882   8.6     445,536   9.5     44,900   10.3  
Unaffiliated  8,120   24.3     669,060   14.2     67,289   15.4  
                             
Nonsectarian  10,635   31.9     938,467   20.0     122,926   28.1  
Regular  5,231   15.7     629,983   13.4     75,662   17.3  
Special emphasis  3,821   11.5     207,483   4.4     28,925   6.6  
Special education  1,582   4.7     101,002   2.1     18,338   4.2  
                             
School level                             
Elementary  21,425   64.2     2,269,301   48.3     194,482   44.5  
Secondary  2,776   8.3     785,500   16.7     67,526   15.4  
Combined  9,165   27.5     1,645,318   35.0     175,406   40.1  
                             
Program emphasis                             
Regular elementary/secondary  22,565   67.6     4,224,042   89.9     366,550   83.8  
Montessori  2,653   8.0     98,455   2.1     15,089   3.4  
Special program emphasis  917   2.7     115,484   2.5     15,460   3.5  
Special education  1,779   5.3     111,928   2.4     20,185   4.6  
Vocational/technical                 
Alternative  1,327   4.0     84,917   1.8     10,385   2.4  
Early childhood  4,122   12.4     64,332   1.4     9,671   2.2  
                             
Size (number of students)                             
Less than 50  15,127   45.3     318,234   6.8     49,922   11.4  
50–149  8,229   24.7     755,596   16.1     85,722   19.6  
150–299  5,600   16.8     1,187,419   25.3     104,142   23.8  
300–499  2,570   7.7     986,558   21.0     81,180   18.6  
500–749  1,105   3.3     672,244   14.3     53,445   12.2  
750 or more  736   2.2     780,068   16.6     63,003   14.4  
                             
Region                             
Northeast  7,643   22.9     1,136,959   24.2     115,135   26.3  
Midwest  8,419   25.2     1,134,730   24.1     92,093   21.1  
South  10,483   31.4     1,550,306   33.0     152,850   34.9  
West  6,821   20.4     878,124   18.7     77,336   17.7  
                             
Urbanicity type                             
City  10,810   32.4     1,960,351   41.7     176,739   40.4  
Suburban  11,609   34.8     1,785,348   38.0     166,165   38.0  
Town  3,340   10.0     325,490   6.9     30,389   6.9  
Rural  7,607   22.8     628,930   13.4     64,120   14.7  
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding or missing values in cells with too few sample cases. These estimates include private schools which provide instruction for one or more of grades kindergarten through twelve (or comparable ungraded levels).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2009–10
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