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Document Number: 5499

Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results from the 2001-2002 Private School Universe Survey - Statistics on private schools are reported by: (1) type of school (nonsectarian and religious, by religion); (2) school level; (3) program emphasis (i.e., regular, special education, Montessori, etc.); (4) school enrollment; (5) geographic region; and (6) community type (central city, urban fringe and rural/small town). Figures are reported on the school, student and full-time equivalent teachers, school type and state levels. Pupil/teacher ratios also are disaggregated by type of school. Some findings: the South has the most private schools of any region, nearly one-third of the nation’s total. While “other religious” (non-Catholic) schools comprise nearly 50% of the private schools in the United States, Catholic schools serve by far the greatest number of private school students, 47.1%, or over 2.5 million. The program emphasis for the vast majority (92.4%) of private schools is regular elementary or secondary education. (Stephen P. Broughman and Kathleen W. Pugh, National Center for Education Statistics, October 2004)...

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