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Table 60. Private elementary and secondary school full-time-equivalent staff and student to full-time-equivalent staff ratios, by orientation of school, school level, and type of staff: 2003–04
Type of staff Total Catholic Other religious orientation Non-sectarian
Total Elementary1  Secondary2  Combined3  Total Elementary1  Secondary2  Combined3  Total Elementary1  Secondary2  Combined3  Total Elementary1  Secondary2  Combined3 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Number of schools 28,380 (262) 17,330 (262) 2,660 (206) 8,400 (217) 7,920 (35) 6,530 (50) 1,060 (39) 320 (39) 13,660 (203) 7,280 (200) 640 (175) 5,740 (182) 6,810 (136) 3,510 (141) 960 (108) 2,340 (144)
Enrollment (in thousands) 5,060 (104) 2,680 (56) 830 (54) 1,550 (82) 2,320 (49) 1,650 (41) 580 (32) 90 (15) 1,750 (63) 710 (29) 110 (34) 920 (48) 990 (72) 320 (31) 140 (28) 540 (59)
Total staff 707,200 (15,342) 325,010 (6,805) 125,520 (8,244) 256,670 (13,136) 240,870 (4,555) 160,690 (3,518) 66,130 (3,172) 14,050 (2,166) 246,390 (7,622) 99,660 (3,678) 17,540 (4,199) 129,190 (6,449) 219,940 (12,237) 64,660 (5,231) 41,850 (7,112) 113,430 (10,239)
Principals 27,090 (544) 14,490 (325) 2,740 (236) 9,860 (420) 7,750 (119) 6,090 (101) 1,230 (49) 430 (77) 12,720 (382) 5,360 (194) 650 (189) 6,710 (355) 6,620 (284) 3,030 (200) 860 (128) 2,730 (204)
Assistant principals 10,630 (444) 4,260 (196) 2,230 (183) 4,140 (354) 3,570 (163) 1,870 (124) 1,530 (109) 180 (49) 3,760 (289) 1,270 (125) 260 (84) 2,230 (254) 3,300 (239) 1,120 (129) 440 (97) 1,730 (207)
Other managers 19,670 (671) 7,290 (399) 4,740 (345) 7,640 (507) 5,760 (274) 2,430 (197) 2,830 (189) 500 (101) 6,750 (401) 2,530 (213) 610 (230) 3,610 (257) 7,170 (501) 2,330 (313) 1,300 (273) 3,530 (377)
Instruction coordinators 5,960 (393) 2,090 (182) 1,260 (218) 2,610 (269) 1,550 (211) 780 (138) 680 (146) 90 (30) 2,080 (232) 660 (90) 130 (56) 1,290 (204) 2,330 (262) 650 (101) 450 (171) 1,230 (162)
Teachers 416,930 (9,490) 197,090 (4,302) 69,200 (4,389) 150,640 (8,081) 149,280 (3,287) 100,360 (2,615) 40,720 (2,018) 8,200 (1,308) 154,340 (5,000) 62,300 (2,186) 10,550 (2,635) 81,490 (4,099) 113,300 (7,251) 34,430 (2,926) 17,930 (3,161) 60,950 (6,291)
Teacher aides 40,050 (1,667) 22,870 (948) 1,610 (425) 15,570 (1,391) 12,210 (610) 11,020 (507) 270 (57) 920 (405) 10,550 (688) 5,950 (461) (†) 4,480 (544) 17,290 (1,351) 5,890 (643) 1,230 (406) 10,160 (1,127)
Other aides 8,220 (849) 3,930 (462) (†) 3,990 (737) 2,310 (435) 1,830 (246) 60 (27) (†) 3,430 (605) 1,340 (276) (†) 2,070 (511) 2,470 (451) 770 (265) (†) 1,500 (372)
Guidance counselors 10,200 (479) 2,400 (201) 3,860 (318) 3,950 (330) 4,490 (215) 1,530 (148) 2,650 (169) 320 (64) 1,950 (181) 290 (45) 280 (107) 1,380 (122) 3,760 (392) 580 (113) 930 (256) 2,250 (305)
Librarians/media specialists 11,060 (370) 5,280 (168) 1,820 (160) 3,970 (300) 4,400 (143) 3,080 (122) 1,080 (63) 240 (50) 3,770 (204) 1,540 (114) 260 (101) 1,970 (144) 2,890 (252) 660 (96) 480 (115) 1,750 (218)
Library/media center aides 3,360 (211) 1,590 (126) 700 (115) 1,070 (119) 1,410 (127) 920 (109) 400 (61) 90 (35) 1,160 (111) 510 (69) 130 (54) 520 (75) 790 (130) 160 (32) (†) 460 (82)
Nurses 7,930 (962) 2,930 (145) 2,560 (899) 2,450 (202) 2,520 (114) 1,920 (105) 400 (60) 200 (49) 1,510 (115) 560 (58) 150 (47) 800 (84) 3,900 (939) 450 (76) 2,000 (901) 1,450 (185)
Student support staff4  19,100 (1,021) 7,600 (776) 3,380 (667) 8,110 (620) 3,940 (247) 2,700 (162) 800 (101) 440 (133) 3,810 (248) 1,910 (184) 260 (99) 1,640 (191) 11,350 (1,005) 2,990 (712) 2,320 (675) 6,030 (575)
Secretaries/clerical staff 43,840 (1,307) 18,360 (538) 8,920 (701) 16,570 (1,062) 14,810 (422) 8,790 (247) 5,240 (315) 780 (147) 15,960 (698) 6,090 (320) 1,200 (341) 8,670 (550) 13,070 (985) 3,480 (350) 2,470 (569) 7,120 (802)
Food service personnel 26,290 (1,189) 11,110 (444) 6,920 (922) 8,260 (733) 10,430 (417) 6,830 (314) 3,030 (296) 570 (115) 7,850 (505) 2,830 (209) 720 (205) 4,300 (502) 8,000 (1,015) 1,450 (230) 3,170 (866) 3,390 (505)
Custodial and maintenance 38,590 (1,263) 16,650 (443) 8,600 (796) 13,340 (1,001) 14,380 (342) 9,570 (298) 4,210 (257) 590 (101) 12,410 (513) 4,600 (251) 1,500 (351) 6,320 (446) 11,810 (1,038) 2,480 (247) 2,890 (701) 6,430 (832)
Other employees5  18,290 (2,842) 7,090 (1,831) 6,680 (2,228) 4,520 (598) 2,050 (259) 980 (152) 990 (198) (†) 4,340 (711) 1,910 (435) (†) 1,720 (279) 11,890 (2,745) 4,190 (1,676) 4,980 (2,158) 2,720 (551)
  Students per full-time-equivalent staff member Students per full-time-equivalent staff member
Total staff 7 (0.1) 8 (0.1) 7 (0.3) 6 (0.1) 10 (0.1) 10 (0.1) 9 (0.2) 6 (0.4) 7 (0.1) 7 (0.1) 6 (0.6) 7 (0.2) 5 (0.1) 5 (0.3) 3 (0.3) 5 (0.2)
Principals 187 (4.0) 185 (3.9) 304 (18.8) 157 (7.1) 299 (6.8) 270 (6.7) 474 (29.6) 210 (23.5) 137 (5.1) 133 (5.0) 166 (23.4) 138 (7.8) 150 (8.9) 104 (10.1) 163 (30.0) 197 (13.2)
Assistant principals 476 (16.5) 628 (29.0) 373 (18.1) 375 (25.0) 649 (24.6) 881 (54.1) 382 (16.9) 514 (128.9) 464 (31.2) 563 (62.8) 416 (77.5) 414 (40.5) 301 (16.5) 281 (31.2) 317 (69.4) 310 (28.3)
Other managers 257 (6.2) 367 (17.4) 175 (10.8) 203 (8.1) 403 (17.4) 677 (54.1) 207 (13.8) 180 (18.6) 259 (11.6) 283 (20.6) 176 (25.9) 256 (14.6) 139 (7.2) 135 (12.9) 108 (19.6) 152 (10.3)
Instruction coordinators 849 (57.3) 1,281 (115.3) 661 (124.6) 595 (63.4) 1,498 (224.6) 2,115 (480.8) 864 (213.6) 956 (339.4) 839 (96.9) 1,081 (138.7) 814 (489.3) 717 (136.7) 427 (46.2) 485 (75.6) 311 (144.5) 438 (66.9)
Teachers 12 (0.1) 14 (0.2) 12 (0.3) 10 (0.2) 16 (0.2) 16 (0.3) 14 (0.3) 11 (0.6) 11 (0.2) 11 (0.2) 10 (0.9) 11 (0.2) 9 (0.2) 9 (0.3) 8 (0.5) 9 (0.2)
Teacher aides 126 (4.9) 117 (4.5) 516 (139.6) 100 (8.6) 190 (9.8) 149 (7.1) 2,134 (416.0) 98 (67.5) 166 (12.4) 120 (8.6) (†) 206 (26.0) 57 (5.1) 54 (6.7) 114 (41.3) 53 (6.9)
Other aides 616 (71.3) 680 (73.9) (†) 389 (89.2) 1,002 (203.9) 900 (125.5) (†) (†) 509 (104.6) 534 (109.4) (†) 446 (132.9) 401 (89.7) 412 (141.4) (†) 359 (128.7)
Guidance counselors 496 (20.5) 1,115 (92.7) 216 (13.6) 393 (29.9) 517 (23.9) 1,076 (105.9) 221 (7.9) 286 (50.7) 898 (61.4) 2,498 (420.6) 388 (50.6) 669 (50.0) 264 (30.8) 540 (136.6) 151 (48.9) 239 (37.1)
Librarians/media specialists 457 (9.9) 507 (12.7) 458 (28.0) 391 (16.6) 527 (14.5) 534 (16.1) 542 (33.1) 375 (69.7) 463 (19.1) 465 (26.4) 413 (47.9) 468 (30.9) 343 (15.3) 478 (41.3) 293 (47.9) 306 (16.5)
Library/media center aides 1,507 (91.8) 1,683 (132.8) 1,191 (238.1) 1,451 (142.2) 1,646 (156.8) 1,794 (226.3) 1,458 (260.7) 981 (392.9) 1,508 (143.3) 1,405 (168.3) (†) 1,791 (289.2) 1,257 (203.1) 1,919 (495.6) (†) 1,165 (155.1)
Nurses 638 (80.2) 913 (41.6) (†) 634 (52.8) 921 (41.0) 857 (42.6) 1,451 (174.0) 457 (119.8) 1,156 (84.9) 1,269 (121.3) 731 (352.8) 1,155 (118.3) 254 (76.2) 703 (127.9) (†) 371 (53.8)
Student support staff4  265 (14.4) 352 (36.7) 246 (53.1) 191 (14.7) 589 (36.2) 610 (35.8) 733 (84.1) 203 (67.9) 458 (29.6) 374 (36.3) 411 (181.8) 565 (56.1) 87 (9.6) 105 (30.4) 60 (21.5) 89 (10.9)
Secretaries/clerical staff 115 (2.4) 146 (3.8) 93 (5.2) 94 (3.2) 157 (3.8) 187 (5.7) 111 (4.6) 116 (10.6) 109 (3.1) 117 (4.4) 90 (12.2) 107 (4.0) 76 (4.0) 91 (6.8) 57 (9.5) 75 (4.9)
Food service personnel 192 (8.6) 241 (10.1) 120 (17.6) 188 (13.9) 222 (8.9) 241 (11.7) 193 (15.0) 159 (26.7) 222 (14.9) 253 (18.9) 150 (55.0) 215 (24.9) 124 (16.2) 218 (40.6) 44 (11.8) 159 (17.8)
Custodial and maintenance 131 (3.3) 161 (3.7) 97 (7.3) 116 (5.3) 161 (4.3) 172 (4.6) 139 (6.4) 151 (15.2) 141 (4.6) 155 (8.1) 72 (15.7) 146 (7.8) 84 (5.4) 127 (11.0) 48 (9.0) 84 (6.3)
Other employees5  277 (40.8) 378 (91.0) 125 (58.5) 343 (40.1) 1,131 (151.6) 1,678 (286.2) 592 (150.8) (†) 402 (65.4) 374 (81.4) (†) 537 (93.3) 83 (20.0) (†) (†) 198 (35.9)
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Includes schools beginning with grade 6 or below and with no grade higher than 8.
2 Schools with no grade lower than 7.
3 Schools with grades lower than 7 and higher than 8.
4 Includes student support services professional staff, such as school psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, and speech therapists.
5 Includes health and other noninstructional aides, and other employees not identified by function.
NOTE: Data are based on a sample survey and may not be strictly comparable with data reported elsewhere. Excludes all prekindergarten students from calculations, but includes kindergarten students attending schools that offer first or higher grade. Includes only schools that offer first or higher grade. Standard errors appear in parentheses. 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), "Pri-vate School Questionnaire," 2003–04. (This table was prepared August 2006.)

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