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Average private school size, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2011–12

  Average number of students
Selected
characteristic
Total   Elementary   Secondary   Combined  
Total 145.6 107.8 283.0 190.1
 
Private school typology
Catholic 280.6 227.2 535.5 336.2
Parochial 250.4 237.8 439.5 348.4
Diocesan 284.4 229.5 534.1 325.1
Private 354.4 146.9 568.9 338.4
 
Other religious 118.0 74.7 140.8 176.9
Conservative Christian 137.8 91.2 129.4 164.5
Other affiliated 159.1 106.7 164.5 272.3
Unaffiliated 85.0 54.9 126.8 150.5
 
Nonsectarian 91.0 47.3 103.7 195.4
Regular 125.3 51.1 185.4 361.1
Special emhasis   53.0 41.9 60.9 113.9
Special education 64.8 47.7 42.9 73.9
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
191.0 149.6 357.5 221.5
Montessori 36.4 34.0 77.4
Special program emphasis  124.8 88.9 140.5 176.4
Special education 63.1 46.7 42.8 71.7
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 54.6 44.4 43.8 72.7
Early childhood 15.4 15.3 23.7
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 19.9 18.6 21.4 24.0
50-149 91.4 93.3 88.9 88.6
150-299 212.3 210.6 218.0 214.8
300-499 384.6 383.6 387.0 385.1
500-749 603.1 589.0 607.4 610.8
750 or more 1080.8 942.4 1049.6 1120.4
 
Region
Northeast 144.8 101.4 285.1 196.8
Midwest  138.1 113.6 350.8 143.0
South  159.7 109.1 256.8 212.4
West 135.5 106.1 236.2 180.7
   
Urbancity type   
City 190.0 135.5 354.9 266.4  
Suburban  153.3 117.1 304.3 207.5  
Town  103.7 91.2 156.8 116.4  
Rural  88.1 51.0 142.9 132.6  
† Not applicable.
‡ 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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