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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 7.  Average private school size, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2009–10
 
Selected characteristic Average number of students
Total   Elementary   Secondary   Combined  
Total  140.9   105.9   282.9   179.5  
                 
Private school typology                 
Catholic  282.5   230.7   535.3   331.4  
Parochial  252.0   238.9   460.4   354.6  
Diocesan  284.5   230.9   536.4   339.5  
Private  368.1   170.5   557.4   316.6  
                 
Other religious  112.2   72.6   137.7   168.3  
Conservative Christian  138.1   94.0   121.5   164.7  
Other affiliated  154.6   107.1   167.2   252.5  
Unaffiliated  82.4   54.9   123.5   141.8  
                 
Nonsectarian  88.2   45.7   101.2   184.9  
Regular  120.4   49.1   201.6   369.0  
Special emphasis  54.3   40.4   48.3   103.7  
Special education  63.8   49.6   44.1   71.8  
                 
Program emphasis                 
Regular elementary/secondary  187.2   148.4   362.0   213.7  
Montessori  37.1   33.8     74.7  
Special program emphasis  125.9   99.5   119.2   154.5  
Special education  62.9   48.9   43.8   70.4  
Vocational/technical         
Alternative  64.0   50.1   55.0   77.1  
Early childhood  15.6   15.6     0.0  
                 
Size (number of students)                 
Less than 50  21.0   19.7   22.6   25.3  
50–149  91.8   94.0   89.0   88.7  
150–299  212.1   210.8   221.4   212.4  
300–499  383.9   383.4   392.5   380.7  
500–749  608.2   591.0   618.2   616.8  
750 or more  1,060.5   889.8   1,052.4   1,091.0  
                 
Region                 
Northeast  148.8   107.4   292.7   190.8  
Midwest  134.8   111.9   333.8   144.9  
South  147.9   103.0   264.5   190.6  
West  128.7   99.7   233.8   171.5  
                 
Urbanicity type                 
City  181.3   132.3   341.0   246.3  
Suburban  153.8   117.4   310.6   209.6  
Town  97.4   84.0   170.9   110.5  
Rural  82.7   50.4   144.7   119.3  
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: 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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