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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of private school students, 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 4,576,410   100.0     2,154,815   100.0     737,863   100.0     1,683,732   100.0  
                                       
Private school typology                                      
Catholic 1,891,387   41.3     1,197,698   55.6     526,557   71.4     167,132   9.9  
Parochial 663,992   14.5     584,740   27.1     51,098   6.9     28,155   1.7  
Diocesan 862,926   18.9     546,424   25.4     251,630   34.1     64,873 ! 3.9 !
Private 364,469   8.0     66,534   3.1     223,829   30.3     74,105   4.4  
                                       
Other religious 1,711,348   37.4     632,443   29.4     112,969   15.3     965,935   57.4  
Conservative Christian 613,713   13.4     133,038   6.2     18,309   2.5     462,367   27.5  
Other affiliated 489,209   10.7     214,277   9.9     48,081   6.5     226,850   13.5  
Unaffiliated 608,426   13.3     285,129   13.2     46,579   6.3     276,718   16.4  
                                       
Nonsectarian 973,675   21.3     324,674   15.1     98,337   13.3     550,665   32.7  
Regular 667,208   14.6     195,222   9.1     64,885   8.8     407,100   24.2  
Special emhasis   207,188   4.5     116,519   5.4     24,146   3.3     66,523   4.0  
Special education 99,280   2.2     12,933   0.6     9,305   1.3     77,041   4.6  
                                       
Program emphasis                                      
Regular elementary/secondary 4,118,006   90.0     1,932,804   89.7     690,844   93.6     1,494,358   88.8  
Montessori 101,329   2.2     86,166   4.0           13,708   0.8  
Special program emphasis 117,569   2.6     45,567   2.1     12,359   1.7     59,643   3.5  
Special education 111,394   2.4     14,107   0.7     10,229   1.4     87,059   5.2  
Vocational/technical                      
Alternative 64,241   1.4     13,200   0.6     22,461   3.0     28,580   1.7  
Early childhood 63,346   1.4     62,971   2.9              
                                       
Size (number of students)                                      
Less than 50 320,306   7.0     231,740   10.8     17,662   2.4     70,904   4.2  
50–149 705,811   15.4     441,983   20.5     46,634   6.3     217,194   12.9  
150–299 1,137,857   24.9     730,771   33.9     99,520   13.5     307,567   18.3  
300–499 936,945   20.5     495,304   23.0     143,881   19.5     297,760   17.7  
500–749 674,820   14.7     204,632   9.5     176,657   23.9     293,530   17.4  
750 or more 800,672   17.5     50,384   2.3     253,510   34.4     496,778   29.5  
                                       
Region                                      
Northeast 1,034,369   22.6     470,452   21.8     232,315   31.5     331,602   19.7  
Midwest 1,142,682   25.0     675,284   31.3     202,478   27.4     264,920   15.7  
South 1,539,576   33.6     555,626   25.8     156,848   21.3     827,102   49.1  
West 859,783   18.8     453,453   21.0     146,222   19.8     260,108   15.4  
                                       
Urbanicity type                                      
City 1,975,647   43.2     899,580   41.7     372,974   50.5     703,093   41.8  
Suburban 1,826,194   39.9     916,549   42.5     279,125   37.8     630,521   37.4  
Town 281,336   6.1     149,160   6.9     24,938   3.4     107,238   6.4  
Rural 493,233   10.8     189,526   8.8     60,826   8.2     242,881   14.4  
† 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.