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

          School level  
  Total   Elementary   Secondary   Combined  
Selected
characteristic
Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent  
Total 30,861 100.0 19,697 100.0 2,677 100.0 8,488 100.0
 
Private school typology
Catholic 6,873 22.3 5,421 27.5 1,046 39.1 406 4.8
Parochial 2,910 9.4 2,693 13.7 139 5.2 79 0.9
Diocesan 2,922 9.5 2,308 11.7 487 18.2 127 1.5
Private 1,041 3.4 420 2.1 421 15.7 201 2.4
 
Other religious 14,214 46.1 7,928 40.3 759 28.4 5,526 65.1
Conservative Christian 4,574 14.8 1,590 8.1 150 5.6 2,834 33.4
Other affiliated 3,060 9.9 1,917 9.7 271 10.1 872 10.3
Unaffiliated 6,579 21.3 4,421 22.4 338 12.6 1,820 21.4
 
Nonsectarian 9,775 31.7 6,348 32.2 871 32.6 2,556 30.1
Regular 4,882 15.8 3,522 17.9 339 12.7 1,021 12.0
Special emhasis   3,280 10.6 2,584 13.1 262 9.8 434 5.1
Special education 1,613 5.2 242 1.2 271 10.1 1,101 13.0
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
21,486 69.6 12,928 65.6 2,014 75.3 6,543 77.1
Montessori 2,439 7.9 2,305 11.7 124 1.5
Special program emphasis  676 2.2 365 1.9 82 3.1 229 2.7
Special education 1,859 6.0 288 1.5 304 11.3 1,267 14.9
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 813 2.6 250 1.3 263 9.8 300 3.5
Early childhood 3,583 11.6 3,560 18.1 22 0.3
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 13,459 43.6 9,829 49.9 763 28.5 2,866 33.8
50-149 7,667 24.8 4,592 23.3 533 19.9 2,542 29.9
150-299 5,488 17.8 3,544 18.0 434 16.2 1,510 17.8
300-499 2,447 7.9 1,333 6.8 381 14.2 732 8.6
500-749 1,103 3.6 340 1.7 320 12.0 443 5.2
750 or more 698 2.3 58 0.3 245 9.2 395 4.7
 
Region
Northeast 7,447 24.1 4,854 24.6 857 32.0 1,735 20.4
Midwest  7,963 25.8 5,665 28.8 616 23.0 1,682 19.8
South  9,203 29.8 4,959 25.2 619 23.1 3,625 42.7
West 6,249 20.2 4,219 21.4 585 21.9 1,445 17.0
 
Urbancity type 
City 10,005 32.4 6,583 33.4 1,096 41.0 2,326 27.4
Suburban  10,911 35.4 7,470 37.9 868 32.4 2,572 30.3
Town  2,900 9.4 1,735 8.8 174 6.5 991 11.7
Rural  7,045   22.8   3,908   19.8   538   20.1   2,599   30.6
                                 
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met. There are fewer than 15 sample cases.
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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