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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Number and percentage distribution of traditional private schools, students, and full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers, by selected school characteristics: United States, 2013–14

 
School
characteristic
Schools     Students     FTE teachers  
Number   Percent     Number   Percent     Number   Percent  
                             
Total 28,364   100.0     4,503,926   100.0     428,193   100.0  
                             
Private school typology                            
Catholic 6,558   23.1     1,887,501   41.9     138,625   32.4  
Parochial 2,652   9.3     661,518   14.7     46,373   10.8  
Diocesan 2,953   10.4     862,474   19.1     61,699   14.4  
Private 953   3.4     363,509   8.1     30,553   7.1  
                             
Other religious 14,983   52.8     1,691,027   37.5     168,043   39.2  
Conservative Christian 4,123   14.5     611,075   13.6     58,147   13.6  
Other affiliated 2,843   10.0     486,473   10.8     51,284   12.0  
Unaffiliated 8,018   28.3     593,478   13.2     58,611   13.7  
                             
Nonsectarian 6,823   24.1     925,399   20.5     121,524   28.4  
Regular 2,802   9.9     634,268   14.1     77,883   18.2  
Special emhasis   2,422   8.5     191,981   4.3     25,596   6.0  
Special education 1,599   5.6     99,149   2.2     18,046   4.2  
                             
School Level                            
Elementary 17,254   60.8     2,082,331   46.2     180,275   42.1  
Secondary 2,701   9.5     737,863   16.4     64,769   15.1  
Combined 8,409   29.6     1,683,732   37.4     183,150   42.8  
                             
Program emphasis                            
Regular elementary/secondary 23,203   81.8     4,118,006   91.4     373,011   87.1  
Montessori 1,427   5.0     88,429   2.0     12,398   2.9  
Special program emphasis 854   3.0     114,303   2.5     14,072   3.3  
Special education 1,831   6.5     111,209   2.5     20,218   4.7  
Vocational/technical                
Alternative 897   3.2     64,157   1.4     7,731   1.8  
Early childhood 144   0.5     7,298   0.2     701   0.2  
                             
Size (number of students)                            
Less than 50 11,109   39.2     258,220   5.7     37,756   8.8  
50–149 7,613   26.8     699,044   15.5     81,748   19.1  
150–299 5,348   18.9     1,137,468   25.3     101,190   23.6  
300–499 2,432   8.6     933,703   20.7     80,222   18.7  
500–749 1,119   3.9     674,820   15.0     56,683   13.2  

750 or more

 

743   2.6     800,672   17.8     70,595   16.5  
                             
Region                            
Northeast 6,038   21.3     1,018,121   22.6     107,881   25.2  
Midwest 8,540   30.1     1,128,301   25.1     92,991   21.7  
South 8,750   30.8     1,519,629   33.7     152,515   35.6  
West 5,037   17.8     837,876   18.6     74,806   17.5  
                             
Urbanicity type                            
City 8,835   31.1     1,948,795   43.3     182,773   42.7  
Suburban 9,334   32.9     1,789,137   39.7     168,476   39.3  
Town 2,482   8.8     275,374   6.1     25,922   6.1  
Rural 7,713   27.2     490,620   10.9     51,023   11.9  
‡ 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. Traditional private schools are schools that provide instruction for one or more of grades one through 12 (or comparable ungraded levels).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2013–14.