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Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by urbanicity type and selected characteristics: United States, 2011–12

  Total   City   Suburban   Town   Rural  
Selected
characteristic
Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent  
Total 30,861 100.0 10,005 100.0 10,911 100.0 2,900 100.0 7,045 100.0
 
Private school typology
Catholic 6,873 22.3 2,833 28.3 2,492 22.8 933 32.2 614 8.7
Parochial 2,910 9.4 1,107 11.1 1,089 10.0 463 16.0 251 3.6
Diocesan 2,922 9.5 1,235 12.3 1,016 9.3 425 14.7 245 3.5
Private 1,041 3.4 491 4.9 387 3.5 45 1.6 118 1.7
 
Other religious 14,214 46.1 3,826 38.2 3,958 36.3 1,534 52.9 4,896 69.5
Conservative Christian 4,574 14.8 1,133 11.3 1,443 13.2 673 23.2 1,326 18.8
Other affiliated 3,060 9.9 1,120 11.2 1,060 9.7 277 9.6 603 8.6
Unaffiliated 6,579 21.3 1,573 15.7 1,455 13.3 584 20.1 2,967 42.1
 
Nonsectarian 9,775 31.7 3,346 33.4 4,461 40.9 433 14.9 1,535 21.8
Regular 4,882 15.8 1,620 16.2 2,300 21.1 187 6.4 775 11.0
Special emhasis   3,280 10.6 1,132 11.3 1,455 13.3 193 6.6 500 7.1
Special education 1,613 5.2 593 5.9 706 6.5 53 1.8 260 3.7
 
School level
Elementary 19,697 63.8 6,583 65.8 7,470 68.5 1,735 59.8 3,908 55.5
Secondary 2,677 8.7 1,096 11.0 868 8.0 174 6.0 538 7.6
Combined 8,488 27.5 2,326 23.2 2,572 23.6 991 34.2 2,599 36.9
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
21,486 69.6 6,865 68.6 6,444 59.1 2,434 83.9 5,743 81.5
Montessori 2,439 7.9 846 8.5 1,194 10.9 145 5.0 254 3.6
Special program emphasis  676 2.2 285 2.9 220 2.0 37 1.3 135 1.9
Special education 1,859 6.0 675 6.7 826 7.6 63 2.2 295 4.2
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 813 2.6 244 2.4 259 2.4 56 1.9 254 3.6
Early childhood 3,583 11.6 1,085 10.8 1,968 18.0 165 5.7 364 5.2
 
Size (number of students)  
Less than 50 13,459 43.6 3,399 34.0 4,736 43.4 1,147 39.5 4,177 59.3
50-149 7,667 24.8 2,419 24.2 2,414 22.1 1,110 38.3 1,724 24.5
150-299 5,488 17.8 2,260 22.6 2,037 18.7 464 16.0 727 10.3
300-499 2,447 7.9 1,041 10.4 1,015 9.3 138 4.7 253 3.6
500-749 1,103 3.6 511 5.1 458 4.2 34 1.2 100 1.4
750 or more 698 2.3 375 3.7 251 2.3 65 0.9
 
Region
Northeast 7,447 24.1 1,855 18.5 3,522 32.3 354 12.2 1,716 24.4  
Midwest  7,963 25.8 2,084 20.8 2,196 20.1 1,184 40.8 2,498 35.5  
South  9,203 29.8 3,257 32.6 3,022 27.7 839 28.9 2,085 29.6  
West 6,249 20.2 2,809 28.1 2,170 19.9 523 18.0 747 10.6  
                                         
‡ 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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