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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private schools, by school size and selected school characteristics: United States, 2013–14

 
Selected characteristic Less than 50 students   50–149 students   150–299 students   300–499 students   500–749 students   750 or more students  
Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent  
Total 16,237   48.3   7,730   23.0   5,350   15.9   2,439   7.3   1,119   3.3   743   2.2  
                                                 
Private school typology                                                
Catholic 389   5.8   1,564   23.4   2,597   38.8   1,273   19.0   570   8.5   303   4.5  
Parochial 102   3.8   669   24.7   1,232   45.4   511   18.8   165   6.1   32   1.2  
Diocesan 124   4.2   725   24.4   1,136   38.2   582   19.5   265   8.9   145   4.9  
Private 163   16.2   170   16.9   229   22.7   180   17.9   139   13.8   126   12.5  
                                                 
Other religious 9,194   56.1   3,928   24.0   1,925   11.7   745   4.5   351   2.1   245   1.5  
Conservative Christian 1,581   37.1   1,383   32.5   741   17.4   332   7.8   136   3.2   82   1.9  
Other affiliated 1,025   33.8   1,000   33.0   582   19.2   218   7.2   116   3.8   94   3.1  
Unaffiliated 6,588   72.4   1,544   17.0   601   6.6   195   2.1   99   1.1   70   0.8  
                                                 
Nonsectarian 6,655   63.2   2,238   21.2   829   7.9   422   4.0   198   1.9   195   1.8  
Regular 3,203   61.3   841   16.1   491   9.4   336   6.4   179   3.4   179   3.4  
Special emhasis   2,542   68.7   835   22.6   220   6.0   72   1.9   18   0.5      
Special education 910   56.6   562   34.9   118   7.3              
                                                 
School level                                                
Elementary 12,572   55.9   4,790   21.3   3,445   15.3   1,297   5.8   350   1.6   56   0.2  
Secondary 819   30.3   521   19.3   461   17.1   372   13.8   289   10.7   239   8.8  
Combined 2,846   33.8   2,419   28.8   1,444   17.2   770   9.2   480   5.7   449   5.3  
                                                 
Program emphasis
                                               
Regular elementary/secondary 8,325   35.9   5,845   25.2   4,914   21.2   2,309   10.0   1,088   4.7   722   3.1  
Montessori 2,145   77.9   499   18.1   94   3.4              
Special program emphasis  352   39.4   298   33.3   128   14.4   83   9.3   22   2.4      
Special education 1,062   57.6   633   34.3   131   7.1              
Vocational/technical                         
Alternative 507   55.9   295   32.5   74 ! 8.2 ! 20   2.2          
Early childhood 3,840   95.8   159   4.0           0   0.0   0   0.0  
                                                 
Region                                                
Northeast 3,601   48.9   1,539   20.9   1,279   17.4   521   7.1   242   3.3   182   2.5  
Midwest 5,020 ! 52.7   2,089   21.9   1,367   14.4   617   6.5   275   2.9   155   1.6  
South 4,566   44.4   2,620   25.5   1,542   15.0   835   8.1   416   4.0   293   2.9  
West 3,051   47.2   1,482   22.9   1,162   18.0   467   7.2   186   2.9   113   1.8  
                                                 
Urbanicity type                                                
City 3,881   36.5   2,552   24.0   2,185   20.6   1,058   10.0   524   4.9   431   4.1  
Suburban 5,312   43.9   2,783   23.0   2,163   17.9   1,075   8.9   502   4.1   273   2.3  
Town 1,251   43.3   1,043   36.1   442   15.3   121   4.2   27   0.9      
Rural 5,793   72.5   1,352   16.9   560   7.0   184   2.3   66   0.8   32   0.4  
! 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.