Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Average length of school year and average length of school day, by selected characteristics: United States, 2011–12

Selected
characteristic
Average length of
school year in days
  Average length of
school year in hours
 
Total 181.0 6.7
 
Private school typology
Catholic 179.3 6.8
Parochial 179.1 6.8
Diocesan 179.3 6.8
Private 179.6 6.9
 
Other religious 177.4 6.8
Conservative Christian 177.7 6.8
Other affiliated 178.5 7.0
Unaffiliated 176.6 6.6
 
Nonsectarian 187.5 6.6
Regular 187.3 6.7
Special emhasis   185.3 6.6
Special education 192.8 6.2
 
School level
Elementary 181.1 6.7
Secondary 183.2 6.9
Combined 180.2 6.8
 
Program emphasis
Regular elementary/
secondary
177.7 6.9
Montessori 185.0 6.6
Special program emphasis  176.5 6.8
Special education 191.8 6.2
Vocational/technical 
Alternative 191.7 6.3
Early childhood 191.1 6.2
 
Size (number of students)
Less than 50 183.6 6.5
50-149 179.8 6.8
150-299 178.8 6.9
300-499 178.0 6.9
500-749 177.7 7.0
750 or more 178.5 7.0
 
Region
Northeast 183.2 6.7
Midwest  177.5 6.7
South  180.4 6.8
West 183.9 6.7
 
Urbancity type 
City 182.4 6.8
Suburban  182.6 6.6
Town  178.2 6.7
Rural  177.7 6.7
         
‡ Reporting standards not met. There are fewer than 15 sample cases.
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.