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Percentage of private schools with 12th–graders, number of graduates, graduation rate, and
percentage of graduates who attended 4–year colleges, by selected characteristics: United States, 2010–11

  Schools   Students  
Selected
characteristic
Percent of schools
with 12th–graders
in 2010–11
  Number of
2010–11
graduates
  2010–11
graduation
rate1
  Percent of 2010–11
graduates
who attended
4–year colleges
by fall 2011
 
Total 27.7 305,842 97.8 64.2
 
Private school typology
Catholic 19.6 147,577 99.0 85.7
Parochial 6.7 16,763 99.3 85.1
Diocesan 20.0 66,002 98.7 84.5
Private 54.6 64,812 99.3 87.1
 
Other religious 33.1 95,324 97.8 62.1
Conservative Christian 53.3 37,770 98.2 60.3
Other affiliated 29.9 28,724 98.0 69.0
Unaffiliated 20.6 28,830 97.1 60.5
 
Nonsectarian 25.4 62,940 95.2 56.1
Regular 24.2 50,421 98.6 77.4
Special emhasis   13.2 6,466 91.3 55.0
Special education 54.0 6,053 76.2 22.5
 
School level
Elementary
Secondary 92.7 178,309 98.3 71.1
Combined2 71.0 127,533 97.2 61.4
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
32.2 289,168 98.7 69.8
Montessori 1.2 237 ! 96.1 86.8
Special program emphasis  33.7 5,392 97.6 79.9
Special education 51.6 6,689 75.6 22.9
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 49.9 4,122 87.1 39.3
Early childhood
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 15.2 9,042 85.3 39.2
50-149 30.4 23,519 91.5 52.6
150-299 31.6 44,641 97.9 74.6
300-499 43.1 57,630 99.1 83.8
500-749 67.7 69,617 98.8 88.2
750 or more 91.1 101,392 99.3 89.9
 
Region
Northeast 24.9 84,020 97.4 63.8
Midwest  22.1 69,471 98.1 63.1
South  36.3 97,835 98.3 66.7
West 25.4 54,516 97.3 60.7
   
Community type   
City 27.7 141,540 98.0 69.0
Suburban  24.6 106,793 97.8 66.1
Town  29.3 14,394 98.1 57.2
Rural  31.7 43,114 97.4 58.8
                 
† Not applicable.
! Interperet data with caution. The coefficient of variation for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent (i.e. the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 The 2010-11 graduation rate is the percent of 12th graders enrolled around October 1, 2010 who graduated in 2010-11.
2 Includes the schools that reported 12th grade enrollment for 2010-11, but were elementary in 2011-12 (less than 1 percent).
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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