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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 6. Number and percentage distribution of private school students, by grade and private school typology: United States, 2015–16

    Kindergarten1 First grade   Second grade   Third grade   Fourth grade  
Private school typology   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent  
Total   466,475 100.0 373,853 100.0 368,452 100.0 364,288 100.0 357,821 100.0  
                         
Catholic   148,249 31.8 141,446 37.8 144,702 39.3 144,158 39.6 143,145 40.0  
Parochial   67,941 14.6 65,040 17.4 66,585 18.1 65,910 18.1 64,936 18.1  
Diocesan   67,330 14.4 64,751 17.3 66,322 18.0 66,071 18.1 65,984 18.4  
Private   12,977 2.8 11,655 3.1 11,794 3.2 12,177 3.3 12,225 3.4  
     
Other Religion   190,541 40.8 165,897 44.4 159,361 43.3 156,886 43.1 152,498 42.6  
Conservative Christian   61,669 13.2 52,899 14.1 52,316 14.2 52,168 14.3 51,369 14.4  
Other affiliated   48,081 10.3 42,469 11.4 41,355 11.2 40,437 11.1 39,899 11.2  
Unaffiliated   80,791 17.3 70,529 18.9 65,690 17.8 64,281 17.6 61,230 17.1  
     
Nonsectarian   127,685 27.4 66,510 17.8 64,389 17.5 63,244 17.4 62,177 17.4  
Regular   77,319 16.6 43,410 11.6 42,354 11.5 41,675 11.4 41,899 11.7  
Special emphasis   48,474 10.4 20,943 5.6 18,883 5.1 17,528 4.8 15,356 4.3  
Special education   1,891   0.4   2,158   0.6   3,152   0.9   4,042   1.1   4,922   1.4  
                                           
    Fifth grade   Sixth grade   Seventh grade   Eighth grade   Ninth grade  
Private school typology   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent  
Total   354,706 100.0 372,753 100.0 367,919 100.0 363,836 100.0 367,805 100.0  
                         
Catholic   143,178 40.4 148,826 39.9 144,192 39.2 142,722 39.2 152,787 41.5  
Parochial   65,008 18.3 64,280 17.2 61,410 16.7 59,832 16.4 13,679 3.7  
Diocesan   65,674 18.5 67,466 18.1 64,744 17.6 64,024 17.6 71,930 19.6  
Private   12,495 3.5 17,081 4.6 18,037 4.9 18,865 5.2 67,178 18.3  
     
Other Religion   148,221 41.8 154,783 41.5 151,969 41.3 147,741 40.6 130,544 35.5  
Conservative Christian   49,576 14.0 52,769 14.2 52,251 14.2 51,387 14.1 48,153 13.1  
Other affiliated   38,618 10.9 40,431 10.8 39,906 10.8 37,710 10.4 36,665 10.0  
Unaffiliated   60,027 16.9 61,582 16.5 59,812 16.3 58,644 16.1 45,726 12.4  
     
Nonsectarian   63,307 17.8 69,144 18.5 71,758 19.5 73,374 20.2 84,474 23.0  
Regular   43,172 12.2 49,735 13.3 52,940 14.4 53,748 14.8 63,201 17.2  
Special emphasis   14,706 4.1 12,704 3.4 11,200 3.0 11,435 3.1 11,689 3.2  
Special education   5,429   1.5   6,705   1.8   7,617   2.1   8,191   2.3   9,584   2.6  
                                           
    Tenth grade   Eleventh grade   Twelfth grade   Ungraded          
Private school typology   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent          
Total   367,252 100.0 356,153 100.0 348,602 100.0 73,681 100.0        
                           
Catholic   151,294 41.2 146,851 41.2 143,826 41.3 6,097 8.3        
Parochial   13,475 3.7 13,251 3.7 13,036 3.7 1,121 1.5        
Diocesan   72,218 19.7 70,139 19.7 68,705 19.7 2,857 3.9        
Private   65,601 17.9 63,461 17.8 62,086 17.8 2,119 2.9        
           
Other Religion   126,215 34.4 122,091 34.3 116,955 33.5 9,118 12.4        
Conservative Christian   47,209 12.9 45,049 12.6 42,948 12.3 4,012 5.4 !        
Other affiliated   35,851 9.8 35,305 9.9 33,859 9.7 1,306 1.8        
Unaffiliated   43,155 11.8 41,737 11.7 40,148 11.5 3,799 5.2        
           
Nonsectarian   89,743 24.4 87,211 24.5 87,821 25.2 58,466 79.4        
Regular   65,834 17.9 66,058 18.5 66,323 19.0 5,904 8.0        
Special emphasis   14,792 4.0 12,711 3.6 11,487 3.3 29,239 ! 39.7        
Special education   9,117 2.5 8,442 2.4 10,011 2.9 23,324 31.7        
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent (i.e. the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
1The count for kindergarten students also includes transitional kindergarten and transitional first grade students.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding or missing values in cells with too few sample cases. These estimates include private schools that provide instruction for one or more of grades kindergarten through twelve (or comparable ungraded levels).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2015–16.