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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)



Table 13. Percentage of private schools with 12th-graders, number of graduates, graduation rate, and percentage of graduates who attended 4-year colleges, by selected characteristics: United States, 2018–19
                 
Selected characteristic Percent of schools
with 12th-graders
in 2018–19
  Number of
2018–19
graduates
  2018–19
graduation
rate1
  Percent of 2018–19
graduates
who attended
4-year colleges
by fall 2019
 
Total 31.8   340,609   96.4   64.5  
                 
Private school typology                
Catholic 22.6   146,744   98.9   85.2  
Parochial 8.9   12,051   99.3   82.7  
Diocesan 19.1   65,656   98.6   85.0  
Private 57.1   69,038   99.3   86.1  
                 
Other religious 35.9   107,875   98.2   63.7  
Conservative Christian 61.2   38,272   98.7   63.3  
Other affiliated 32.3   34,016   98.5   72.4  
Unaffiliated 24.2   35,588   97.4   58.9  
                 
Nonsectarian 32.1   85,990   90.3   55.6  
Regular 31.0   67,869   98.5   77.5  
Special emphasis 17.2   11,749   79.0   53.7  
Special education 63.9   6,373   55.3   19.1  
                 
School level2                
Elementary/Middle 0.7   1,208   82.6   43.7  
Secondary/High 92.8   177,964   97.9   70.4  
Combined/Other 78.1   161,437   94.7   61.9  
                 
Program emphasis                
Regular elementary/ secondary 35.7   314,356   98.8   71.5  
Montessori 2.5   682   97.4   62.7  
Special program emphasis 37.8   10,709   97.2   72.8  
Special education 62.3   6,768   55.5   18.9  
Vocational/technical        
Alternative 58.9   7,744   70.2   39.6  
Early childhood        
                 
Size (number of students)                
Less than 50 18.8   8,416   76.1   43.0  
50 -149 32.7   26,457   89.8   52.3  
150- 299 35.4   46,369   96.0   71.2  
300-499 48.9   64,564   98.4   83.7  
500-749 74.9   75,271   98.6   89.5  
750 or more 91.6   119,531   97.5   91.4  
                 
Region                
Northeast 31.0   84,403   96.1   61.9  
Midwest 24.7   68,098   97.3   65.5  
South 39.2   124,109   96.3   66.3  
West 28.0   63,999   95.9   62.2  
                 
Urbancity type                
City 32.9   161,464   97.3   70.1  
Suburban 29.8   128,726   95.4   64.1  
Town 31.0   13,462   97.9   59.0  
Rural 34.3   36,958   95.2   57.6  
† Not applicable
‡ Reporting standards not met. There are fewer than 15 sample cases.
1 The 2018–19 graduation rate is the percent of 12th graders enrolled around October 1, 2018 who graduated in 2018–19.
2 Schools are assigned to one of three school level categories in the 2019–20 PSS: Elementary/Middle, High/secondary, and Combined/other. Elementary/middle schools are defined as schools that enroll students in more of grades K through 4 than in higher grades or that enroll students in more of grades 5 through 8 than in higher or lower grades. High/secondary schools are defined as schools that enroll students in more of grades 9 through 12 than in lower grades. Combined/other schools include all other combinations of grades, including K-12 schools. School level categories in the 2019–20 PSS differ from those in previous survey administrations; caution should be exercised when comparing estimates by level over time.
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 which 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), 2019–20.