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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


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

 
            School level  
School
characteristic
Total     Elementary     Secondary     Combined  
Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent  
                                       
Total 33,619   100.0     22,509   100.0     2,701   100.0     8,409   100.0  
                                       
Private school typology                                      
Catholic 6,695   19.9     5,290   23.5     994   36.8     412   4.9  
Parochial 2,712   8.1     2,514   11.2     126   4.7     71   0.8  
Diocesan 2,977   8.9     2,369   10.5     475   17.6     132   1.6  
Private 1,007   3.0     407   1.8     392   14.5     208   2.5  
                                       
Other religious 16,387   48.7     10,235   45.5     792   29.3     5,360   63.7  
Conservative Christian 4,255   12.7     1,387   6.2     140   5.2     2,728   32.4  
Other affiliated 3,035   9.0     1,960   8.7     284   10.5     791   9.4  
Unaffiliated 9,098   27.1     6,888   30.6     368   13.6     1,842   21.9  
                                       
Nonsectarian 10,537   31.3     6,984   31.0     916   33.9     2,637   31.4  
Regular 5,229   15.6     3,870   17.2     354   13.1     1,005   11.9  
Special emhasis   3,701   11.0     2,856   12.7     324   12.0     521   6.2  
Special education 1,607   4.8     258   1.1     238   8.8     1,111   13.2  
                                       
Program emphasis                                      
Regular elementary/secondary 23,203   69.0     14,909   66.2     2,012   74.5     6,282   74.7  
Montessori 2,754   8.2     2,608   11.6           135   1.6  
Special program emphasis 894   2.7     489   2.2     95   3.5     311   3.7  
Special education 1,844   5.5     302   1.3     256   9.5     1,286   15.3  
Vocational/technical                      
Alternative 907   2.7     215   1.0     320   11.8     372   4.4  
Early childhood 4,009   11.9     3,988   17.7              
                                       
Size (number of students)                                      
Less than 50 16,237   48.3     12,572   55.9     819   30.3     2,846   33.8  
50–149 7,730   23.0     4,790   21.3     521   19.3     2,419   28.8  
150–299 5,350   15.9     3,445   15.3     461   17.1     1,444   17.2  
300–499 2,439   7.3     1,297   5.8     372   13.8     770   9.2  
500–749 1,119   3.3     350   1.6     289   10.7     480   5.7  
750 or more 743   2.2     56   0.2     239   8.8     449   5.3  
                                       
Region                                      
Northeast 7,363   21.9     4,787   21.3     861   31.9     1,715   20.4  
Midwest 9,523   28.3     7,670   34.1     569   21.1     1,284   15.3  
South 10,272   30.6     5,625   25.0     660   24.4     3,987   47.4  
West 6,461   19.2     4,427   19.7     611   22.6     1,423   16.9  
                                       
Urbanicity type                                      
City 10,632   31.6     6,977   31.0     1,124   41.6     2,531   30.1  
Suburban 12,108   36.0     8,229   36.6     922   34.1     2,958   35.2  
Town 2,892   8.6     1,883   8.4     189   7.0     819   9.7  
Rural 7,987   23.8     5,419 ! 24.1     467   17.3     2,101   25.0  
† Not applicable.
‡ 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, missing values in cells with too few sample cases, or sample cases with a CV of 50 percent or more. 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.