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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private school students, 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 4,494,845 100.0 1,900,639 100.0 1,672,501 100.0 300,842 100.0 620,862 100.0
 
Private school typology
Catholic 1,928,388 42.9 902,991 47.5 763,520 45.7 155,088 51.6 106,790 17.2
Parochial 728,669 16.2 306,755 16.1 308,215 18.4 74,708 24.8 38,991 6.3
Diocesan 830,813 18.5 394,447 20.8 315,826 18.9 73,740 24.5 46,800 7.5
Private 368,906 8.2 201,789 10.6 139,479 8.3 6,639 2.2 20,999 3.4
 
Other religious 1,676,649 37.3 620,859 32.7 581,312 34.8 113,854 37.8 360,625 58.1
Conservative Christian 630,557 14.0 195,115 10.3 238,667 14.3 49,897 16.6 146,877 23.7
Other affiliated 486,746 10.8 210,589 11.1 190,022 11.4 25,102 8.3 61,032 9.8
Unaffiliated 559,347 12.4 215,154 11.3 152,623 9.1 38,854 12.9 152,716 24.6
 
Nonsectarian 889,807 19.8 376,790 19.8 327,669 19.6 31,901 10.6 153,448 24.7
Regular 611,529 13.6 267,682 14.1 209,978 12.6 22,753 7.6 111,116 17.9
Special emhasis   173,773 3.9 67,403 3.5 71,294 4.3 7,182 2.4 27,894 4.5
Special education 104,505 2.3 41,706 2.2 46,396 2.8 1,965 0.7 14,438 2.3
 
School level
Elementary 2,124,106 47.3 892,029 46.9 874,546 52.3 158,287 52.6 199,244 32.1
Secondary 757,448 16.9 389,023 20.5 264,184 15.8 27,282 9.1 76,958 12.4
Combined 1,613,291 35.9 619,587 32.6 533,771 31.9 115,273 38.3 344,661 55.5
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
4,103,932 91.3 1,751,852 92.2 1,502,206 89.8 287,502 95.6 562,372 90.6
Montessori 88,670 2.0 34,211 1.8 41,613 2.5 3,404 1.1 9,443 1.5
Special program emphasis  84,365 1.9 36,089 1.9 30,542 1.8 3,237 1.1 14,497 2.3
Special education 117,262 2.6 47,014 2.5 52,690 3.2 2,301 0.8 15,258 2.5
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 44,419 1.0 14,848 0.8 16,395 1.0 2,206 0.7 10,970 1.8
Early childhood 55,093 1.2 16,088 0.8 29,056 1.7 2,192 0.7 7,757 1.2
 
Size (number of students)  
Less than 50 267,883 6.0 67,229 3.5 87,018 5.2 23,992 8.0 89,644 14.4
50-149 701,112 15.6 226,588 11.9 224,402 13.4 101,860 33.9 148,261 23.9
150-299 1,165,283 25.9 482,357 25.4 432,984 25.9 96,058 31.9 153,885 24.8
300-499 940,949 20.9 403,564 21.2 389,154 23.3 51,974 17.3 96,257 15.5
500-749 665,253 14.8 310,220 16.3 274,733 16.4 20,075 6.7 60,225 9.7
750 or more 754,365 16.8 410,681 21.6 264,210 15.8 72,590 11.7
 
Region
Northeast 1,078,014 24.0 396,813 20.9 513,328 30.7 32,304 10.7 135,569 21.8  
Midwest  1,099,838 24.5 415,977 21.9 396,843 23.7 135,739 45.1 151,279 24.4  
South  1,469,996 32.7 630,251 33.2 479,677 28.7 95,140 31.6 264,928 42.7  
West 846,997 18.8 457,598 24.1 282,652 16.9 37,660 12.5 69,086 11.1  
                                         
‡ 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.