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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private school students, by urbanicity type and selected characteristics: United States, 2013–14

 
Selected
characteristic
Total   City   Suburban   Town   Rural
Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent
Total4,576,410 100.0 1,975,647 100.0 1,826,194 100.0 281,336 100.0 493,233 100.0
                    
Private school typology                   
Catholic1,891,387 41.3 899,559 45.5 778,886 42.7 141,558 50.3 71,384 14.5
Parochial663,992 14.5 290,115 14.7 277,907 15.2 72,657 25.8 23,313 4.7
Diocesan862,926 18.9 412,650 20.9 356,980 19.5 62,206 22.1 31,091 6.3
Private364,469 8.0 196,794 10.0 143,999 7.9 6,695 2.4 16,981 3.4
                    
Other religious1,711,348 37.4 644,264 32.6 656,352 35.9 106,683 37.9 304,049 61.6
Conservative Christian613,713 13.4 199,106 10.1 270,191 14.8 44,346 15.8 100,069 20.3
Other affiliated489,209 10.7 228,441 11.6 193,070 10.6 23,386 8.3 44,311 9.0
Unaffiliated608,426 13.3 216,717 11.0 193,090 10.6 38,950 13.8 159,669 32.4
                    
Nonsectarian973,675 21.3 431,824 21.9 390,956 21.4 33,096 11.8 117,800 23.9
Regular667,208 14.6 299,393 15.2 256,524 14.0 24,712 8.8 86,578 17.6
Special emhasis  207,188 4.5 92,636 4.7 87,164 4.8 6,840 2.4 20,549 4.2
Special education99,280 2.2 39,795 2.0 47,268 2.6 1,543 0.5 10,673 2.2
                    
School level                   
Elementary2,154,815 47.1 899,580 45.5 916,549 50.2 149,160 53.0 189,526 38.4
Secondary737,863 16.1 372,974 18.9 279,125 15.3 24,938 8.9 60,826 12.3
Combined1,683,732 36.8 703,093 35.6 630,521 34.5 107,238 38.1 242,881 49.2
                    
Program emphasis
                   
Regular elementary/secondary 4,118,006 90.0 1,785,653 90.4 1,620,145 88.7 264,161 93.9 448,047 90.8
Montessori101,329 2.2 40,002 2.0 50,449 2.8 4,870 1.7 6,008 1.2
Special program emphasis 117,569 2.6 54,741 2.8 46,361 2.5 3,577 1.3 12,891 2.6
Special education111,394 2.4 44,449 2.2 53,222 2.9 1,985 0.7 11,738 2.4
Vocational/technical          
Alternative64,241 1.4 28,593 1.4 21,468 1.2 2,001 0.7 12,179 2.5
Early childhood63,346 1.4 21,712 1.1 34,522 1.9  1.7 2,370 0.5
                    
Size (number of students)                   
Less than 50320,306 7.0 75,542 3.8 99,310 5.4 24,237 8.6 121,217 24.6
50-149705,811 15.4 238,526 12.1 258,809 14.2 94,114 33.5 114,361 23.2
150-2991,137,857 24.9 465,210 23.5 462,012 25.3 94,066 33.4 116,569 23.6
300-499936,945 20.5 407,746 20.6 414,178 22.7 45,178 16.1 69,843 14.2
500-749674,820 14.7 317,121 16.1 301,452 16.5 16,289 5.8 39,958 8.1
750 or more800,672 17.5 471,501 23.9 290,433 15.9   31,285 6.3
                    
Region                   
Northeast1,034,369 22.6 383,556 19.4 519,101 28.4 25,007 8.9 106,706 21.6
Midwest 1,142,682 25.0 428,583 21.7 436,184 23.9 134,600 47.8 143,315 29.1
South 1,539,576 33.6 691,129 35.0 565,824 31.0 85,276 30.3 197,348 40.0
West859,783 18.8 472,379 23.9 305,085 16.7 36,454 13.0 45,864 9.3
! Interperet 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).
‡ Reporting standards not met. There are fewer than 15 sample cases or 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).
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 12 (or comparable ungraded levels).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2013–14.