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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 3.  Percentage distribution of private schools, by program emphasis and selected characteristics: United States, 200910
 
Selected characteristic Regular elementary/ secondary Montessori Special program emphasis Special education Vocational/ technical programs
Early childhood
                    Alternative    
Total  67.6     8.0     2.7     5.3         4.0     12.4
                                       
Private school typology                                       
Catholic  96.3     0.8     0.6     0.7         0.4 !   1.1
Parochial  99.1             0.0             0.5
Diocesan  97.4         0.7     0.9         0.0     0.7
Private  84.5     3.7     1.9     2.6         2.7 !   4.5
                                       
Other religious  84.3     1.1     1.9     0.9         3.0     8.7
Conservative Christian  89.4         1.7     0.5         4.4     3.7
Other affiliated  85.6     0.8     2.9     1.4         2.4     7.0
Unaffiliated  80.9     1.6     1.8     1.0         2.5     12.1
                                       
Nonsectarian  24.0     22.8     5.3     14.9         7.7     25.2
Regular  48.8                         51.2
Special emphasis      63.6     14.9             21.5    
Special education              100.0            
                                       
School level                                       
Elementary  64.5     11.4     1.9     1.3         1.7     19.2
Secondary  73.8         3.7     9.9         12.3    
Combined  73.2     2.3     4.4     13.4         6.8     0.0
                                       
Size (number of students)                                       
Less than 50  45.3     13.5     2.5     6.4         5.7     26.5
50–149  76.8     6.1     3.6     7.9         4.4     1.2
150–299  92.2     1.6     2.5     2.3         1.1    
300–499  94.8         2.5     0.9         1.3    
500–749  97.1         2.2                 0.0
750 or more  97.5             0.0            
                                       
Region                                       
Northeast  62.4     5.8     2.1     9.2         3.7     16.7
Midwest  80.7     6.6     1.3     2.3         2.2     6.8
South  66.7     7.8     3.8     5.3         5.0     11.4
West  58.7     12.2     3.5     4.7         5.0     15.8
                                       
Urbanicity type                                       
City  65.9     8.7     3.1     5.9         4.1     12.3
Suburban  58.9     10.2     2.3     6.2         3.5     18.8
Town  74.2     5.7     4.1 !   4.7 !       3.8 !   7.5
Rural  80.5     4.5     2.3 !   3.5         4.6     4.6
† Not applicable.
! 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 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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