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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 5.  Number and percentage distribution of private school students, by urbanicity type and selected characteristics: United States, 2009–10
 
Selected characteristic Total City Suburban Town Rural
Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent
Total  4,700,119   100.0     1,960,351   100.0     1,785,348   100.0     325,490   100.0     628,930   100.0  
                                                 
Private school typology                                                 
Catholic  2,009,640   42.8     936,794   47.8     809,258   45.3     160,426   49.3     103,163   16.4  
Parochial  783,856   16.7     334,166   17.0     334,412   18.7     75,867   23.3     39,410   6.3  
Diocesan  844,794   18.0     385,284   19.7     337,973   18.9     76,839   23.6     44,697   7.1  
Private  380,991   8.1     217,343   11.1     136,873   7.7     7,720   2.4     19,055   3.0  
                                                 
Other religious  1,752,011   37.3     638,602   32.6     626,426   35.1     125,305   38.5     361,678   57.5  
Conservative Christian  637,416   13.6     208,519   10.6     242,811   13.6     49,573   15.2     136,513   21.7  
Other affiliated  445,536   9.5     199,826   10.2     168,472   9.4     24,322   7.5     52,915   8.4  
Unaffiliated  669,060   14.2     230,257   11.7     215,143   12.1     51,411   15.8     172,249   27.4  
                                                 
Nonsectarian  938,467   20.0     384,955   19.6     349,664   19.6     39,759   12.2     164,089   26.1  
Regular  629,983   13.4     260,036   13.3     226,467   12.7     27,330   8.4     116,149   18.5  
Special emphasis  207,483   4.4     83,403   4.3     79,372   4.4     9,406   2.9     35,302   5.6  
Special education  101,002   2.1     41,516   2.1     43,825   2.5     3,023   0.9     12,638   2.0  
                                                 
School level                                                 
Elementary  2,269,301   48.3     941,700   48.0     943,037   52.8     171,292   52.6     213,272   33.9  
Secondary  785,500   16.7     396,386   20.2     282,805   15.8     29,715   9.1     76,594   12.2  
Combined  1,645,318   35.0     622,264   31.7     559,506   31.3     124,484   38.2     339,064   53.9  
                                                 
Program emphasis                                                 
Regular elementary/secondary  4,224,042   89.9     1,771,974   90.4     1,584,645   88.8     305,788   93.9     561,635   89.3  
Montessori  98,455   2.1     40,216   2.1     41,859   2.3     4,053   1.2     12,327   2.0  
Special program emphasis  115,484   2.5     50,133   2.6     42,803   2.4     4,288 ! 1.3 !   18,260   2.9  
Special education  111,928   2.4     45,875   2.3     49,292   2.8     3,065   0.9     13,696   2.2  
Vocational/technical                             
Alternative  84,917   1.8     31,713   1.6     31,958   1.8     4,592   1.4     16,653   2.6  
Early childhood  64,332   1.4     20,069   1.0     34,791   1.9     3,705   1.1     5,768   0.9  
                                                 
Size (number of students)                                                 
Less than 50  318,234   6.8     79,454   4.1     95,062   5.3     28,344   8.7     115,373   18.3  
50–149  755,596   16.1     247,326   12.6     246,374   13.8     106,183   32.6     155,713   24.8  
150–299  1,187,419   25.3     486,139   24.8     451,986   25.3     98,699   30.3     150,595   23.9  
300–499  986,558   21.0     414,746   21.2     408,306   22.9     61,077   18.8     102,429   16.3  
500–749  672,244   14.3     306,225   15.6     281,710   15.8     24,423   7.5     59,885   9.5  
750 or more  780,068   16.6     426,461   21.8     301,909   16.9           44,934   7.1  
                                                 
Region                                                 
Northeast  1,136,959   24.2     432,036   22.0     555,827   31.1     35,610   10.9     113,485   18.0  
Midwest  1,134,730   24.1     412,180   21.0     420,894   23.6     134,695   41.4     166,962   26.5  
South  1,550,306   33.0     647,017   33.0     514,543   28.8     112,543   34.6     276,202   43.9  
West  878,124   18.7     469,118   23.9     294,085   16.5     42,642   13.1     72,280   11.5  
! 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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