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Private School Universe Survey (PSS)


Table 2. Number and percentage distribution of private schools, students, and full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers, by religious or nonsectarian orientation of school: United States, 2015–16

 
Religious or nonsectarian orientation Schools   Students   FTE teachers
Number   Percent   Number   Percent   Number   Percent
Total 34,576  100.0  4,903,596  100.0  481,558  100.0
            
Religious orientation 23,272  67.3  3,834,293  78.2  336,401  69.9
Roman Catholic 7,008  20.3  1,901,474  38.8  143,186  29.7
African Methodist Episcopal          
Amish 2,105 ! 6.1  68,690 ! 1.4 ! 3,858 ! 0.8 !
Assembly of God 246   0.7   33,483   0.7   2,982   0.6
Baptist 1,863  5.4  193,381  3.9  19,762  4.1
             
Brethren 66  0.2  5,086  0.1  594  0.1
Calvinist 102  0.3  20,437  0.4  1,619  0.3
Christian (unspecified) 5,408  15.6  769,673  15.7  77,309  16.1
Church of Christ 117  0.3  25,139  0.5  2,288  0.5
Church of God 80  0.2  8,156  0.2  754  0.2
             
Church of God in Christ 20  0.1  1,882  #  123  #
Church of the Nazarene 70  0.2  6,173  0.1  594  0.1
Disciples of Christ          
Episcopal 354  1.0  87,649  1.8  11,092  2.3
Friends 89  0.3  22,414  0.5  2,995  0.6
            
Greek Orthodox 37   0.1  4,848  0.1  535  0.1
Islamic 293  0.8  40,485  0.8  4,873  1.0
Jewish 1,120  3.2  299,255  6.1  32,674  6.8
Latter Day Saints          
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod 1,000  2.9  121,698  2.5  9,691  2.0
            
Evangelical Lutheran Church In America 130  0.4  9,408  0.2  953  0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 316  0.9  28,860  0.6  2,258  0.5
Other Lutheran 73  0.2  4,651  0.1  405  0.1
Mennonite 611  1.8  29,709  0.6  2,856  0.6
Methodist 289  0.8  18,341  0.4  2,001  0.4
            
Pentecostal 430 ! 1.2 ! 19,453  0.4  2,211  0.5
Presbyterian 323  0.9  37,597  0.8  3,765  0.8
Seventh-Day Adventist 795  2.3  50,202  1.0  3,997  0.8
Other 304  0.9  23,162  0.5  2,695  0.6
Nonsectarian 11,304  32.7  1,069,303  21.8  145,156  30.1
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret 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 twelve (or comparable ungraded levels).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 2015–16.