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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Average private school size, by school level and selected school characteristics: United States, 2013–14

 
  Average number of students  
Selected characteristic Total   Elementary   Secondary   Combined  
Total 136.1   95.7   273.1   200.2  
                 
Private school typology                
Catholic 282.5   226.4   530.0   405.9  
Parochial 244.9   232.6   404.2   395.1  
Diocesan 289.9   230.7   529.4   489.9 !
Private 361.9   163.4   571.4   356.2  
                 
Other religious 104.4   61.8   142.7   180.2  
Conservative Christian 144.2   95.9   130.9   169.5  
Other affiliated 161.2   109.3   169.4   286.9  
Unaffiliated 66.9   41.4   126.5   150.2  
                 
Nonsectarian 92.4   46.5   107.4   208.9  
Regular 127.6   50.4   183.3   405.2  
Special emhasis   56.0   40.8   74.5   127.8  
Special education 61.8   50.1   39.1   69.3  
                 
                 
Program emphasis
               
Regular elementary/secondary 177.5   129.6   343.4   237.9  
Montessori 36.8   33.0   120.6   101.7  
Special program emphasis  131.5   93.3   129.9   192.0  
Special education 60.4   46.7   39.9   67.7  
Vocational/technical         
Alternative 70.8   61.5   70.2   76.7  
Early childhood 15.8   15.8      
                 
Size (number of students)                
Less than 50 19.7   18.4   21.6   24.9  
50-149 91.3   92.3   89.5   89.8  
150-299 212.7   212.1   215.7   213.0  
300-499 384.1   382.0   386.4   386.6  
500-749 603.1   584.1   612.3   611.5  
750 or more 1,077.0   907.0   1,061.9   1,106.1  
                 
Region                
Northeast 140.5   98.3   269.8   193.3  
Midwest 120.0   88.0   355.7   206.4  
South 149.9   98.8   237.6   207.5  
West 133.1   102.4   239.3   182.7  
                 
Urbanicity type                
City 185.8   128.9   332.0   277.8  
Suburban 150.8   111.4   302.8   213.2  
Town 97.3   79.2   131.8   130.9  
Rural 61.8   35.0   130.3   115.6  
† Not applicable.
! 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.
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.