Private Schools in the United States: A Statistical Profile, 1993-94 / Characteristics of Students
Characteristics of Students
Highlights for Characteristics of Students
Seventy-one percent of private school students attend schools in cities or
on the fringe of large cities. By comparison, only half of public school students attend schools in these places (table 2.2).
There are substantial regional variations among private schools. For
example, Catholic schools are more prevalent in the Northeast and Midwest,
Lutheran schools in the Midwest, Jewish schools in the Northeast,
NAIS members in the South and Northeast, Seventh-Day Adventist
schools in the West, and conservative Christian schools in the South
Admission requirements were used at many elementary schools and most
schools serving secondary students; but schools of different types had
noticeably different preferences for requirements. For example, Episcopal
schools were more likely to use standardized achievement tests,
schools that are members of the National Association of Independent
Schools were more likely to look at recommendations and students academic
records, and Jewish schools and schools that are affiliated with
Christian Schools International were more likely to take religious affiliation
into account (table 2.3a and 2.3b).
Almost equal numbers of boys and girls attended private schools. Only
about 3 percent of private schools were for boys only, and about 2 percent
were for girls only in 1993-94 (table 2.4).
In 1993-94, about 46 percent of private schools had enrollments of at
least 10 percent minorities, compared to 56 percent of public schools