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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private schools, students, and full-time equivalent (FTE)
teachers, by selected characteristics: United States, 2011–12

  Schools   Students   FTE teachers  
Selected
characteristic
Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent  
Total 30,861 100.0 4,494,845 100.0 420,880 100.0
 
Private school typology
Catholic 6,873 22.3 1,928,388 42.9 138,071 32.8
Parochial 2,910 9.4 728,669 16.2 49,364 11.7
Diocesan 2,922 9.5 830,813 18.5 57,958 13.8
Private 1,041 3.4 368,906 8.2 30,749 7.3
 
Other religious 14,214 46.1 1,676,649 37.3 163,139 38.8
Conservative Christian 4,574 14.8 630,557 14.0 59,545 14.1
Other affiliated 3,060 9.9 486,746 10.8 49,220 11.7
Unaffiliated 6,579 21.3 559,347 12.4 54,374 12.9
 
Nonsectarian 9,775 31.7 889,807 19.8 119,669 28.4
Regular 4,882 15.8 611,529 13.6 74,519 17.7
Special emhasis   3,280 10.6 173,773 3.9 25,624 6.1
Special education 1,613 5.2 104,505 2.3 19,526 4.6
 
School level
Elementary 19,697 63.8 2,124,106 47.3 184,134 43.7
Secondary 2,677 8.7 757,448 16.9 65,178 15.5
Combined 8,488 27.5 1,613,291 35.9 171,568 40.8
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
21,486 69.6 4,103,932 91.3 358,928 85.3
Montessori 2,439 7.9 88,670 2.0 14,455 3.4
Special program emphasis  676 2.2 84,365 1.9 10,454 2.5
Special education 1,859 6.0 117,262 2.6 21,741 5.2
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 813 2.6 44,419 1.0 6,537 1.6
Early childhood 3,583 11.6 55,093 1.2 8,670 2.1
 
Size (number of students)  
Less than 50 13,459 43.6 267,883 6.0 45,630 10.8
50-149 7,667 24.8 701,112 15.6 80,887 19.2
150-299 5,488 17.8 1,165,283 25.9 101,691 24.2
300-499 2,447 7.9 940,949 20.9 78,076 18.6
500-749 1,103 3.6 665,253 14.8 52,954 12.6
750 or more 698 2.3 754,365 16.8 61,642 14.6
 
Region
Northeast 7,447 24.1 1,078,014 24.0 109,631 26.0  
Midwest  7,963 25.8 1,099,838 24.5 91,307 21.7  
South  9,203 29.8 1,469,996 32.7 145,226 34.5  
West 6,249 20.2 846,997 18.8 74,716 17.8  
                         
Community type                         
City 10,005 32.4 1,900,639 42.3 173,395 41.2  
Suburban  10,911 35.4 1,672,501 37.2 155,632 37.0  
Town  2,900 9.4 300,842 6.7 28,265 6.7  
Rural  7,045 22.8 620,862 13.8 63,587 15.1  
                         
‡ 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), 2011–12.