Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Percentage distribution of private school students, by racial/ethnic background and selected characteristics: United States, 2011–12

      Non-Hispanic  
Selected
characteristic
Hispanic   American
Indian
  Asian   Black   Pacific
Islander
  White   Two or
more races
 
Total 10.0 0.5 5.5 8.9 0.6 71.2 3.4
 
Private school typology
Catholic 14.0 0.5 4.7 7.4 0.6 69.3 3.5
Parochial 14.9 0.3 4.7 6.6 0.6 69.8 3.2
Diocesan 13.3 0.5 4.5 7.2 0.7 70.1 3.7
Private 13.7 0.9 5.0 9.4 0.7 66.9 3.6
 
Other religious 6.5 0.4 4.6 10.0 0.6 75.4 2.5
Conservative Christian 7.9 0.5 4.8 11.3 0.5 72.3 2.7
Other affiliated 6.4 0.4 5.1 8.6 0.7 75.9 2.9
Unaffiliated 5.1 0.3 3.9 9.7 0.6 78.4 1.9
 
Nonsectarian 7.7 0.6 8.9 10.3 0.5 67.1 4.8
Regular 7.0 0.6 9.2 8.8 0.6 68.9 5.0
Special emhasis   7.5 0.7 11.7 8.8 0.6 65.4 5.3
Special education 12.7 0.8 3.0 21.0 0.3 59.5 2.8
 
School level
Elementary 11.6 0.5 5.5 8.8 0.6 69.4 3.6
Secondary 11.9 0.3 5.5 9.1 0.4 69.8 3.0
Combined 7.0 0.5 5.4 9.1 0.7 74.1 3.2
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
10.0 0.5 5.2 8.5 0.6 71.9 3.3
Montessori 8.1 0.5 14.5 6.9 0.7 63.6 5.7
Special program emphasis  5.9 0.5 11.8 6.7 0.4 69.7 4.9
Special education 12.4 0.7 2.8 21.1 0.3 59.8 2.9
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 10.5 1.3 3.6 19.3 0.4 61.5 3.4
Early childhood 10.1 0.5 7.2 11.4 1.0 66.2 3.5
 
Size (number of students)  
Less than 50 9.4 0.8 4.9 12.9 0.5 68.6 2.9
50-149 9.8 0.8 5.1 13.2 0.5 67.7 2.9
150-299 12.7 0.4 5.8 10.7 0.6 66.2 3.6
300-499 9.4 0.4 5.9 7.0 0.5 73.4 3.4
500-749 8.5 0.4 5.0 5.9 0.6 76.3 3.3
750 or more 8.1 0.3 5.5 5.9 0.9 75.6 3.6
 
Region
Northeast 7.8 0.2 5.2 9.8 0.2 74.1 2.6  
Midwest  6.4 0.5 3.2 7.9 0.3 79.3 2.5  
South  10.3 0.3 4.0 11.3 0.3 71.1 2.6  
West 16.8 1.1 11.3 5.0 2.1 56.8 6.9  
   
Community type   
City 12.6 0.4 6.3 11.4 0.7 64.5 4.0  
Suburban  9.7 0.3 5.9 8.6 0.6 71.7 3.3  
Town  6.1 0.8 2.2 3.3 0.7 84.7 2.1  
Rural  4.7 1.1 3.4 4.9 0.3 83.5 2.1  
                             
‡ 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). Hispanic includes Latino, American Indian includes Native American, Black includes African American, and Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2011–12.