Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Pupil/teacher ratio of private schools, by school level and selected characteristics: United States, 2011–12

      School level
Selected
characteristic
Total   Elementary   Secondary   Combined  
Total 10.7 11.5 11.6 9.4
 
Private school typology
Catholic 14.0 14.6 13.6 11.0
Parochial 14.8 15.0 13.4 12.7
Diocesan 14.3 14.7 14.3 11.2
Private 12.0 11.0 12.9 10.3
 
Other religious 10.3 10.3 9.8 10.3
Conservative Christian 10.6 10.2 11.8 10.7
Other affiliated 9.9 10.0 9.3 9.9
Unaffiliated 10.3 10.7 9.8 10.0
 
Nonsectarian 7.4 7.1 6.9 7.8
Regular 8.2 7.7 7.7 8.6
Special emhasis   6.8 6.4 6.2 8.0
Special education 5.4 5.2 5.1 5.4
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
11.4 12.6 12.2 9.9
Montessori 6.1 5.9 8.4
Special program emphasis  8.1 7.7 6.8 9.0
Special education 5.4 5.3 5.2 5.4
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 6.8 7.2 6.9 6.6
Early childhood 6.4 6.4 4.6
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 5.9 6.2 4.8 5.4
50-149 8.7 9.5 7.5 7.7
150-299 11.5 13.0 9.8 9.4
300-499 12.1 14.1 11.0 9.9
500-749 12.6 16.3 13.4 10.3
750 or more 12.2 16.1 14.3 11.0
 
Region
Northeast 9.8 11.2 10.4 8.1
Midwest  12.0 12.8 13.0 9.9
South  10.1 10.4 11.6 9.7
West 11.3 12.0 12.0 10.1
 
Community type 
City 11.0 11.7 12.6 9.4
Suburban  10.7 11.7 11.6 9.1
Town  10.6 11.4 10.7 9.8
Rural  9.8 10.3 8.5 9.8
                 
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: 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.