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Table 2. Average and median age of school principals, and percentage distribution of principals, by age category, sex, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2011–12


          Percent of principals by
          Age   Sex
Selected school characteristic Average age of principals   Median age of principals   Less than 45 years   45-54 years   55 years or more   Male   Female  
All schools 49   48   37.4   31.1   31.6   47.6   52.4  
                             
All public schools 48 47 39.7 33.1 27.1 48.4 51.6  
                             
School classification                             
Traditional public  48 47 39.3 33.5 27.2 48.5 51.5
Charter school  46 45 47.9 27.1 25.0 46.5 53.5
                             
Community type                             
City  48 47 40.4 31.0 28.6 40.5 59.5
Suburban  48 47 40.5 32.2 27.3 45.1 54.9
Town  48 47 39.0 34.9 26.2 51.5 48.5
Rural  48 47 38.9 34.9 26.2 56.0 44.0
                             
School level                             
Primary 48 47 39.6 32.2 28.1 36.2 63.8
Middle 47 46 44.4 34.2 21.5 57.7 42.3
High 49 48 36.8 35.5 27.8 69.9 30.1
Combined  48 47 39.1 31.7 29.3 60.4 39.6
                             
Student enrollment                             
Less than 100  50 50 35.3 31.1 33.6 51.2 48.8
100-199  48 47 35.3 38.0 26.6 56.3 43.7
200-499  48 47 41.1 32.3 26.6 45.9 54.1
500-749  48 47 39.4 34.1 26.5 42.8 57.2
750-999  48 47 41.8 32.0 26.3 46.5 53.5
1,000 or more  48 47 39.4 33.5 27.1 65.9 34.1
                             
Percent of K-12 students who
were approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
                           
0-34  48 47 41.0 32.9 26.1 52.6 47.4
35-49  48 48 38.7 33.8 27.5 54.0 46.0
50-74  48 47 38.5 34.4 27.1 45.7 54.3
75 or more  48 47 40.9 31.8 27.4 42.1 57.9
School did not participate
in free or reduced-price
lunch program
49   48   35.3   32.5   32.2   50.1   49.9  
                             
All private schools 52   53   29.1   23.7   47.1   44.6   55.4  
                             
School classification                             
Catholic 54 56 17.7 27.1 55.2 25.1 74.9
Other religious 50 50 36.5 22.6 40.9 58.6 41.4
Nonsectarian 53 54 26.6 22.4 51.0 37.7 62.3
                             
Community type                             
City  53 54 24.6 25.2 50.2 39.1 60.9
Suburban  53 55 22.6 24.7 52.7 37.2 62.8
Town  51 51 28.9 26.6 44.5 37.4 62.6
Rural  48 47 43.6 19.4 37.0 64.6 35.4
                             
School level                             
Elementary 52 52 28.5 25.2 46.3 34.9 65.1
Secondary 53 55 23.1 25.5 51.3 57.1 42.9
Combined  51 53 32.0 20.8 47.2 57.3 42.7
                             
Student enrollment                             
Less than 100  49 49 38.4 21.9 39.6 43.1 56.9
100-199  53 55 20.7 26.2 53.1 38.0 62.0
200-499  54 55 20.3 25.2 54.5 46.0 54.0
500-749  55 57 12.8 27.6 59.7 65.1 34.9
750 or more 54   55   23.6   21.0   55.4   77.4   22.6  
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Principal and Private School Principal Data Files," 2011–12.


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