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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 4.  Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by urbanicity type and selected characteristics: United States, 200910
 
Selected characteristic Total City Suburban Town Rural
Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent
Total  33,366   100.0     10,810   100.0     11,609   100.0     3,340   100.0     7,607   100.0  
                                                 
Private school typology                                                 
Catholic  7,115   21.3     2,969   27.5     2,577   22.2     960   28.7     608   8.0  
Parochial  3,111   9.3     1,209   11.2     1,161   10.0     471   14.1     270   3.6  
Diocesan  2,969   8.9     1,210   11.2     1,081   9.3     443   13.3     234   3.1  
Private  1,035   3.1     550   5.1     335   2.9     46   1.4     104   1.4  
                                                 
Other religious  15,616   46.8     4,202   38.9     4,392   37.8     1,671   50.0     5,351   70.3  
Conservative Christian  4,614   13.8     1,213   11.2     1,487   12.8     643   19.3     1,271   16.7  
Other affiliated  2,882   8.6     1,077   10.0     915   7.9     323   9.7     567   7.5  
Unaffiliated  8,120   24.3     1,912   17.7     1,991   17.2     704   21.1     3,512   46.2  
                                                 
Nonsectarian  10,635   31.9     3,638   33.7     4,640   40.0     709   21.2     1,647   21.7  
Regular  5,231   15.7     1,741   16.1     2,497   21.5     233   7.0     760   10.0  
Special emphasis  3,821   11.5     1,341   12.4     1,502   12.9     324 ! 9.7     654   8.6  
Special education  1,582   4.7     557   5.2     640   5.5     152 ! 4.6 !   233   3.1  
                                                 
School level                                                 
Elementary  21,425   64.2     7,120   65.9     8,029   69.2     2,039   61.1     4,236   55.7  
Secondary  2,776   8.3     1,163   10.8     910   7.8     174   5.2     529   7.0  
Combined  9,165   27.5     2,527   23.4     2,669   23.0     1,127   33.7     2,842   37.4  
                                                 
Program emphasis                                                 
Regular elementary/secondary 22,565   67.6     7,120   65.9     6,842   58.9     2,478   74.2     6,125   80.5  
Montessori  2,653   8.0     943   8.7     1,179   10.2     192   5.7     339   4.5  
Special program emphasis  917   2.7     336   3.1     270   2.3     136 ! 4.1 !   175 ! 2.3 !
Special education  1,779   5.3     633   5.9     723   6.2     157 ! 4.7 !   266   3.5  
Vocational/technical                             
Alternative  1,327   4.0     445   4.1     407   3.5     126 ! 3.8 !   348   4.6  
Early childhood  4,122   12.4     1,333   12.3     2,187   18.8     250 ! 7.5 !   352   4.6  
                                                 
Size (number of students)                                                 
Less than 50  15,127   45.3     3,928   36.3     5,031   43.3     1,516   45.4     4,653   61.2  
50–149  8,229   24.7     2,630   24.3     2,642   22.8     1,132   33.9     1,825   24.0  
150–299  5,600   16.8     2,281   21.1     2,127   18.3     476   14.2     717   9.4  
300–499  2,570   7.7     1,076   10.0     1,054   9.1     169   5.1     271   3.6  
500–749  1,105   3.3     500   4.6     467   4.0     41   1.2     98   1.3  
750 or more  736   2.2     396   3.7     288   2.5           44   0.6  
                                                 
Region                                                 
Northeast  7,643   22.9     2,018   18.7     3,610   31.1     376   11.3     1,639   21.5  
Midwest  8,419   25.2     2,158   20.0     2,321   20.0     1,063   31.8     2,877 ! 37.8  
South  10,483   31.4     3,660   33.9     3,378   29.1     1,201   36.0     2,244   29.5  
West  6,821   20.4     2,974   27.5     2,301   19.8     700   20.9     847   11.1  
! 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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