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Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results From the 2011-12 Private School Universe Survey First Look - Descriptive tables provide information on number of U.S. private schools, students and teachers by varying characteristics in 2011-12. Selective findings include factoids: In the fall of 2011 there were 30,861 private schools with 4,494,845 students and 420,880 full-time equivalent teachers. Sixty-eight percent of the schools had a religious orientation. More private school students in 2011-12 were enrolled in kindergarten than in any other grade level. The average pupil/teacher ratio was 10.7. Ninety-eight percent of 12th-graders enrolled in private schools around October of 2010 graduated by the fall of 2011. Of the graduates, 64% attended 4-year colleges by the fall of 2011. (Stephen Broughman, National Center for Education Statistics, and Nancy Swain, Census Bureau, July 2013...

The Decline in Private School Enrollment - Private school enrollment has been on the decline for a decade, with various reasons offered: the recession, homeschooling, the rise of charter schools. Stephanie Ewert of the U.S. Census Bureau has crunched a lot of numbers that shed light on the phenomenon. In The Decline in Private School Enrollments she indicates “recessions and periods of economic growth do not drive changes in private school enrollment.” While homeschooling is a difficult call, she says there is some evidence that the rise of charters has led to a decline in private school enrollment. (Stephanie Ewert, U.S. Census Bureau, January 2013)...

The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools - This report presents standards that have been produced to provide a national articulation of defining characteristics and performance benchmarks that will enable all sponsors of Catholic elementary and secondary schools to assess, strengthen, and sustain their operations. (Center for Catholic School Effectiveness, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago, March 2012)...

United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools 2011-2012: The Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing - This is a synopsis of an annual report that presents national data on Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Enrollment patterns, regional geographic trends, types and locations of schools, student and staffing demographic characteristics and student participation in selected education programs are reported. Where data permit, the exhibits compare information across the last decade as well as the past five years. (National Catholic Educational Association, March 2012)...

Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results From the 2009-10 Private School Universe Study--First Look - Among the findings of this study: More private school students were enrolled in kindergarten than any other grade; 68% of private schools had a religious orientation or purpose; in 2009-10 there were 200,000 or more students enrolled in private schools in each of the following states--California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011)...


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