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Percentage distribution of private schools, by program emphasis and selected characteristics:
United States, 2011–12

Selected
characteristic
Regular elementary/ secondary   Montessori   Special program emphasis   Special education   Vocational/ technical programs   Alternative   Early childhood  
Total 69.6 7.9 2.2 6.0 2.6 11.6
 
Private school typology
Catholic 96.2 0.7 0.4 1.1 1.5
Parochial 99.1 0.0 0.0
Diocesan 97.5 1.1 0.8
Private 84.1 3.4 3.7 6.0
 
Other religious 86.8 1.0 1.3 1.2 1.6 8.0
Conservative Christian 92.5 1.1 0.6 2.0 3.6
Other affiliated 87.7 0.7 2.2 1.4 0.9 7.1
Unaffiliated 82.3 1.7 1.1 1.5 1.7 11.6
 
Nonsectarian 26.0 23.0 4.7 16.5 5.8 23.9
Regular 52.1 47.9
Special emhasis   68.4 14.1 17.3
Special education 100.0
 
School level
Elementary 65.6 11.7 1.9 1.5 1.3 18.1
Secondary 75.3 3.1 11.3 9.8
Combined 77.1 1.5 ! 2.7 14.9 3.5 0.3
 
Size (number of students)  
Less than 50 46.4 13.9 1.9 7.7 4.1 26.0
50-149 78.2 6.2 3.2 8.7 2.8 0.9
150-299 93.3 1.5 2.0 2.4 0.6
300-499 96.1 2.3 0.8
500-749 97.9 0.0
750 or more 98.7 0.0
 
Region
Northeast 62.6 6.1 2.2 10.1 2.3 16.8  
Midwest  81.3 6.5 1.1 3.0 1.3 6.7  
South  70.9 8.1 2.2 5.7 3.1 10.0  
West 61.2 11.6 3.5 5.5 4.1 14.1  
   
Community type   
City 68.6 8.5 2.9 6.7 2.4 10.8  
Suburban  59.1 10.9 2.0 7.6 2.4 18.0  
Town  83.9 5.0 1.3 2.2 1.9 5.7  
Rural  81.5 3.6 1.9 4.2 3.6 5.2  
                             
† Not applicable.
! Interperet data with caution. The coefficient of variation for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent (i.e. the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ 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.


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