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Table 61. Enrollment and instructional staff in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, by level: Selected years, 1919–20 through 2007–08
School year Number of schools Enrollment1  Instructional staff2 
Total Elementary3  Secondary Total Elementary Secondary Total Elementary3  Secondary
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1919–20 8,103 6,551 1,552 1,925,521 1,795,673 129,848 49,516   41,592   7,924  
1929–30 10,046 7,923 2,123 2,464,467 2,222,598 241,869 72,552   58,245   14,307  
1939–40 10,049 7,944 2,105 2,396,305 2,035,182 361,123 81,057   60,081   20,976  
1949–50 10,778 8,589 2,189 3,066,387 2,560,815 505,572 94,295   66,525   27,770  
Fall 1960 12,893 10,501 2,392 5,253,791 4,373,422 880,369 151,902   108,169   43,733  
                         
1969–70 11,352 9,366 1,986 4,367,000 3,359,000 1,008,000 195,400 4  133,200 4  62,200 4 
1970–71 11,350 9,370 1,980 4,363,566 3,355,478 1,008,088 166,208   112,750   53,458  
1974–75 10,127 8,437 1,690 3,504,000 2,602,000 902,000 150,179   100,011   50,168  
1975–76 9,993 8,340 1,653 3,415,000 2,525,000 890,000 149,276   99,319   49,957  
1979–80 9,640 8,100 1,540 3,139,000 2,293,000 846,000 147,294   97,724   49,570  
                         
1980–81 9,559 8,043 1,516 3,106,000 2,269,000 837,000 145,777   96,739   49,038  
1981–82 9,494 7,996 1,498 3,094,000 2,266,000 828,000 146,172   96,847   49,325  
1982–83 9,432 7,950 1,482 3,007,189 2,211,412 795,777 146,460   97,337   49,123  
1983–84 9,401 7,937 1,464 2,969,000 2,179,000 790,000 146,913   98,591   48,322  
1984–85 9,325 7,876 1,449 2,903,000 2,119,000 784,000 149,888   99,820   50,068  
                         
1985–86 9,220 7,790 1,430 2,821,000 2,061,000 760,000 146,594   96,741   49,853  
1986–87 9,102 7,693 1,409 2,726,000 1,998,000 728,000 141,930   93,554   48,376  
1987–88 8,992 7,601 1,391 2,623,031 1,942,148 680,883 139,887   93,199   46,688  
1988–89 8,867 7,505 1,362 2,551,119 1,911,911 639,208 137,700   93,154   44,546  
1989–90 8,719 7,395 1,324 2,589,000 1,983,000 606,000 136,900   94,197   42,703  
                         
1990–91 8,587 7,291 1,296 2,475,439 1,883,906 591,533 131,198   91,039   40,159  
1991–92 8,508 7,239 1,269 2,442,924 1,856,302 586,622 153,334   109,084   44,250  
1992–93 8,423 7,174 1,249 2,444,842 1,860,937 583,905 154,816   109,825   44,991  
1993–94 8,345 7,114 1,231 2,444,609 1,859,947 584,662 157,201   112,199   45,002  
1994–95 8,293 7,055 1,238 2,475,207 1,877,782 597,425 164,219   117,620   46,599  
                         
1995–96 8,250 7,022 1,228 2,491,111 1,884,461 606,650 166,759   118,753   48,006  
1996–97 8,231 7,005 1,226 2,497,198 1,885,037 612,161 153,276   107,548   45,728  
1997–98 8,223 7,004 1,219 2,497,894 1,879,737 618,157 152,259   105,717   46,542  
1998–99 8,217 6,990 1,227 2,496,488 1,876,211 620,277 153,081   105,943   47,138  
1999–2000 8,144 6,923 1,221 2,500,416 1,877,236 623,180 157,134   109,404   47,730  
                         
2000–01 8,146 6,920 1,226 2,491,559 1,863,682 627,877 160,731   111,937   48,794  
2001–02 8,114 6,886 1,228 2,456,461 1,827,319 629,142 155,658   108,485   47,173  
2002–03 8,000 6,785 1,215 2,396,027 1,765,893 630,134 163,004   112,884   50,120  
2003–04 7,955 6,727 1,228 2,333,830 1,708,501 625,329 162,337   112,303   50,034  
2004–05 7,799 6,574 1,225 2,269,685 1,642,868 626,817 160,153   107,764   52,389  
                         
2005–06 7,589 6,386 1,203 2,178,893 1,568,687 610,206 152,502 5 103,481 5 49,021 5
2006–07 7,498 6,288 1,210 2,168,222 1,544,695 623,527 159,135   107,682   51,453  
2007–08 7,378 6,165 1,213 2,117,933 1,494,979 622,954 160,075   107,217   52,858  
1 Total enrollment is for kindergarten through grade 12, elementary enrollment is for kinder­garten through grade 8, and secondary enrollment is for grades 9 through 12.
2 From 1919–20 through fall 1960, includes part-time teachers. From 1969–70 through 1993–94, excludes part-time teachers. Beginning in 1994–95, reported in full-time equiva­lents (FTE).
3 Includes middle schools.
4 Includes estimates for the nonreporting schools.
5 Excludes the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
NOTE: Data collected by the National Catholic Educational Association and data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics are not directly comparable because survey procedures and definitions differ. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: National Catholic Educational Association, A Statistical Report on Catholic Ele­mentary and Secondary Schools for the Years 1967–68 to 1969–70; A Report on Catholic Schools, 1970–71 through 1973–74; A Statistical Report on U.S. Catholic Schools, 1974–75 through 1980–81; and United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1981–82 through 2007–08. (This table was prepared May 2008.)

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