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Percentage distribution of schools, by type of school program, school type and selected school characteristics: 2017–18

School type and selected
school characteristic
Regular
school
  Special program
emphasis1
  Special
education2
  Career/technical/
vocational3
  Alternative/
other4
  Montessori
school
  Early childhood
program or day
care center5
 
   All schools 85.7   3.7   2.7   1.1   4.8      
                             
All public schools 87.5   3.7   1.4   1.4   6.0      
                             
School classification                            
Traditional public 88.8   3.2   1.4   1.5   5.1      
Charter school 73.3   8.7   1.0 ! 0.4 ! 16.5      
                             
Community type                            
City 80.1   7.9   2.2   1.5   8.3      
Suburban 89.2   3.3   1.4   0.9   5.2      
Town 88.5   0.7 ! 1.1 ! 2.2   7.6      
Rural 92.8   1.2   0.7   1.6   3.8      
                             
School level                            
Primary 95.2   3.6   0.5     0.7      
Middle 95.0   4.0     #   0.8 !    
High 71.5   3.5   0.6 ! 6.9   17.6      
Combined 64.9   3.7   10.3     20.9      
                             
Student enrollment                            
Less than 100 40.1   2.6 ! 10.9     46.1      
100–199 71.3   3.1 ! 5.8   1.6 ! 18.2      
200–499 91.6   3.7   0.3   1.7   2.7      
500–749 94.3   3.6   0.2 ! 1.1   0.9      
750–999 92.8   4.7     1.4   0.8 !    
1,000 or more 93.4   3.7   #   1.5   1.3      
                             
Percent of K–12 students who were approved
for free or reduced‑price lunches
                           
0–34 86.6   3.1   0.7   3.0   6.6      
35–49 91.9   2.9   1.3 ! 1.0   2.8      
50–74 90.1   3.3   1.3   0.9   4.5      
75 or more 84.6   4.7   1.9   0.7   8.0      
                             
All private schools 79.2   3.9   7.1     0.6   5.8   3.5  
                             
School Classification                            
Catholic 97.0   1.6 ! 0.9 ! #        
Other religious 90.9   2.7   1.1 !   #   1.7 ! 3.6 !
Nonsectarian 41.3   8.2   23.7     2.0   18.3   6.5  
                             
Community type                            
City 75.4   6.0   7.7     1.0 ! 7.0   2.8  
Suburban 76.8   2.8   9.2   #   0.5 ! 7.2   3.5  
Town 85.4   3.0 ! 5.5 ! #     4.4 !  
Rural 86.0   2.7 ! 3.7   #     2.3 ! 5.1 !
                             
School level                            
Elementary 82.0   3.6   2.6   #     9.0   2.6  
Secondary 79.9   4.1   5.9     2.1 !   7.1  
Combined 73.9   4.2   15.4   #   0.8 ! 1.9 ! 3.7 !
                             
Student enrollment                            
Less than 100 68.5   3.1   11.3     1.0 ! 9.4   6.7  
100–199 85.5   5.1   5.2   #     3.9    
200–499 91.1   4.6   1.9   #     1.4 ! 0.7 !
500–749 97.3   2.7 ! #   #   #   #   #  
750 or more 95.7   4.3 ! #   #   #   #   #  
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error is 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Special program emphasis includes schools such as a science or math schools, performing arts schools, talented or gifted schools, foreign language immersion schools, etc.
2 Special education school primarily serves students with disabilities.
3 Career/technical/vocational school primarily serves students being trained for occupations.
4 Alternative/other school offers a curriculum designed to provide alternative or nontraditional education; does not specifically fall into the categories of regular, special program emphasis, special education, or vocational school.
5 Early childhood program or day care center includes such as kindergarten only, prekindergarten and kindergarten and transitional first grade only, day care and transitional kindergarten only, etc.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because some data are not shown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), “Public School and Private School Documentation Data Files,” 2017–18.