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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 12.  Pupil/teacher ratio of private schools, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 200910
 
Selected characteristic School level
Total   Elementary   Secondary   Combined  
Total  10.7   11.7   11.6   9.4  
                 
Private school typology                 
Catholic  14.1   14.8   13.5   10.7  
Parochial  14.9   15.2   13.3   12.6  
Diocesan  14.5   14.8   14.1   11.7  
Private  12.1   11.4   13.0   9.5  
                 
Other religious  10.2   10.3   9.7   10.2  
Conservative Christian  10.7   10.3   11.2   10.8  
Other affiliated  9.9   10.2   9.4   9.8  
Unaffiliated  9.9   10.3   9.5   9.7  
                 
Nonsectarian  7.6   7.3   7.0   8.0  
Regular  8.3   8.0   7.4   8.7  
Special emphasis  7.2   6.6   7.0   8.2  
Special education  5.5   5.1   5.2   5.6  
                 
Program emphasis                 
Regular elementary/ secondary  11.5   12.7   12.1   10.0  
Montessori  6.5   6.2     9.2  
Special program emphasis  7.5   8.3   8.2   6.9  
Special education  5.5   5.0   5.2   5.7  
Vocational/technical         
Alternative  8.2   7.2   8.1   8.6  
Early childhood  6.7   6.7     0.0  
                 
Size (number of students)                 
Less than 50  6.4   6.7   5.0   6.0  
50–149  8.8   9.7   7.5   7.8  
150–299  11.4   13.0   9.7   9.1  
300–499  12.2   14.2   11.1   10.0  
500–749  12.6   16.4   13.1   10.3  
750 or more  12.4   15.2   14.6   11.0  
                 
Region                 
Northeast  9.9   11.3   10.7   7.8  
Midwest  12.3   13.1   12.9   10.0  
South  10.1   10.3   11.5   9.8  
West  11.4   12.1   11.9   10.1  
                 
Urbanicity type                 
City  11.1   11.8   12.5   9.5  
Suburban  10.7   11.8   11.7   9.0  
Town  10.7   11.2   10.3   10.2  
Rural  9.8   10.9   8.7   9.5  
† 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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