Table 28.  Percentage distribution of school principals by highest degree earned, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2003–04

School type and selected school characteristic Less than bachelor's degree Bachelor's degree Master's degree Education specialist or professional diploma Doctorate/1st professional degree
All schools  2.6 6.8 56.9 25.6 8.2
           
All public schools  0.1 1.7 59.2 30.3 8.6
           
School classification           
Traditional public  0.1 1.3 59.4 30.8 8.5
Charter school  2.6 18.9 51.7 13.0 13.8
           
Community type           
Central city  0.1 1.7 54.3 32.0 11.9
Urban fringe/large town  # 1.1 60.5 29.2 9.2
Rural/small town  0.4 3.0 61.3 30.8 4.6
           
School level           
Elementary  0.2 1.0 59.9 30.5 8.5
Secondary  # 2.9 56.4 30.7 10.0
Combined  0.4 5.3 60.9 27.9 5.6
           
Student enrollment           
Less than 100  1.5 10.4 57.6 24.0 6.5
100–199  # 5.4 58.7 29.9 6.0
200–499  0.1 0.6 60.9 31.7 6.8
500–749  # 0.7 58.0 31.0 10.2
750–999  0.1 0.2 60.3 28.8 10.7
1,000 or more  # 0.7 55.4 29.7 14.1
           
All BIA schools  # 7.5 69.8 16.1 6.6
           
All private schools  10.5 22.7 49.5 10.7 6.7
           
School classification           
Catholic  0.1 9.7 68.0 17.3 4.9
Other religious  16.7 31.8 39.5 6.7 5.4
Nonsectarian  10.5 20.1 47.4 10.7 11.3
           
Community type           
Central city  6.2 20.5 53.7 11.8 7.8
Urban fringe/large town  9.3 23.7 49.1 11.2 6.8
Rural/small town  23.9 24.1 41.6 6.4 3.9
           
School level           
Elementary  9.3 24.1 50.0 12.0 4.6
Secondary  4.0 9.3 62.9 13.0 10.9
Combined  14.7 23.7 44.7 7.3 9.6
           
Student enrollment           
Less than 100  21.0 31.4 36.6 5.9 5.0
100–199  2.0 22.8 54.1 14.5 6.6
200–499  1.2 10.7 66.1 14.1 7.8
500–749  # 8.9 64.7 16.5 10.0
750 or more  2.5 4.8 56.2 18.0 18.6
# Rounds to zero.
NOTE: BIA school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that are operated by the BIA, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, Public School Principal, BIA School Principal, and Private School Principal Data Files.