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

  Less than 50 students   50-149
students
  125-299
students
  300-499
students
  500-749
students
  750 or more
students
 
Selected
characteristic
Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent Number   Percent Number   Percent  
Total 13,459 43.6 7,667 24.8 5,488 17.8 2,447 7.9 1,103 3.6 698 2.3
 
Private school typology
Catholic 399 5.8 1,559 22.7 2,688 39.1 1,323 19.3 606 8.8 297 4.3
Parochial 104 3.6 686 23.6 1,310 45.0 589 20.2 178 6.1 44 1.5
Diocesan 106 3.6 684 23.4 1,170 40.0 559 19.1 283 9.7 120 4.1
Private 189 18.2 190 18.3 209 20.0 176 16.9 145 13.9 133 12.8
 
Other religious 6,977 49.1 3,954 27.8 1,982 13.9 730 5.1 326 2.3 245 1.7
Conservative Christian 1,751 38.3 1,511 33.0 796 17.4 290 6.3 135 2.9 92 2.0
Other affiliated 1,074 35.1 973 31.8 593 19.4 227 7.4 106 3.5 88 2.9
Unaffiliated 4,152 63.1 1,470 22.3 594 9.0 214 3.2 85 1.3 65 1.0
 
Nonsectarian 6,083 62.2 2,154 22.0 817 8.4 393 4.0 172 1.8 157 1.6
Regular 2,953 60.5 776 15.9 523 10.7 326 6.7 155 3.2 150 3.1
Special emhasis   2,256 68.8 781 23.8 174 5.3 48 1.5
Special education 873 54.1 597 37.0 121 7.5 19 1.2
 
School level
Elementary 9,829 49.9 4,592 23.3 3,544 18.0 1,333 6.8 340 1.7 58 0.3
Secondary 763 28.5 533 19.9 434 16.2 381 14.2 320 12.0 245 9.2
Combined 2,866 33.8 2,542 29.9 1,510 17.8 732 8.6 443 5.2 395 4.7
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
6,249 29.1 5,995 27.9 5,123 23.8 2,350 10.9 1,080 5.0 689 3.2
Montessori 1,871 76.7 477 19.5 84 3.4 0 0.0 0 0.0
Special program emphasis  251 37.2 242 35.7 110 16.2 55 8.2
Special education 1,032 55.5 671 36.1 133 7.1 21 1.1
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 551 67.8 212 26.0 31 3.9
Early childhood 3,503 97.8 69 1.9
 
Region
Northeast 3,468 46.6 1,615 21.7 1,389 18.7 578 7.8 227 3.0 171 2.3  
Midwest  3,341 42.0 2,223 27.9 1,345 16.9 619 7.8 304 3.8 131 1.6  
South  3,761 40.9 2,378 25.8 1,602 17.4 795 8.6 387 4.2 280 3.0  
West 2,888 46.2 1,452 23.2 1,152 18.4 455 7.3 185 3.0 117 1.9  
   
Community type   
City 3,399 34.0 2,419 24.2 2,260 22.6 1,041 10.4 511 5.1 375 3.7  
Suburban  4,736 43.4 2,414 22.1 2,037 18.7 1,015 9.3 458 4.2 251 2.3  
Town  1,147 39.5 1,110 38.3 464 16.0 138 4.7 34 1.2  
Rural  4,177 59.3 1,724 24.5 727 10.3 253 3.6 100 1.4 65 0.9  
                                                 
‡ 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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