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This section provides information for each of the 26,983 K-12 private schools that provided student, staff and operating data for the 2011-12 school year. The total enrollment in these schools was 4,002,695 with 372,269 teachers. The data have been developed from a nationwide survey of all U.S. K-12 private schools. Use GIS resources reviewed in this section to examine these schools in context of other schools, school membership and political/statistical geographic areas (e.g., cities, school districts, census tracts, etc.). Analyze school locations in context of demographic-economic patterns and trends to assess opportunities and for strategic planning.

Selected items are presented for each school in the interactive ranking table shown below. Use the ranking table to examine characteristics of individual schools in context of U.S. overall, states and by other geography. Query/rank schools based on selected criteria.

National Summary Characteristics -- scroll section

Click graphic for larger view. See additional characteristics below table in this section.

Visual Analysis of K-12 Private Schools
Red markers show private school locations in New York City area.

View created using CV XE GIS. Click graphic for larger view.

Click to view zoom-in of above view with detail.
  ... GIS view using identify tool to show attributes of a selected school (at pointer).
  ... Census tracts (red boundaries) labeled tract median household income.
Click to similar map for Punahou School, Honolulu.
  ... Tracts labeled with tract percent high school graduates (population 25 years and over).

K-12 Private Schools -- Interactive Table
  Click ShowAll button between Find/Queries.
  See ranking table usage notes below ranking table. See related ranking tables --

Using the Ranking Table

Query by Type
  Click Type button and select 7 to view only non-sectarian schools.
  Scroll to table bottom to see that there are 4,241 non-sectarian schools.
  Scroll to top of table and click header "Enrl Total" column (far right) twice (ascend and then descend on second click).
  ... note that "Schl Type" column now contains only value 7 (non-sectarian).
  ... see that Punahou School (Hawaii) is largest non-sectarian school in U.S. with enrollment of 3,743
  ... click to view Punahou School location/map.
      - GIS view using identify tool to show attributes of school (at pointer).
      - Census tracts (red boundaries) labeled with tract percent high school graduates (population 25 years and over).

  See alternative "type" values below.

Operations more generally:
  • Click on a column header to sort on that column; click column header again to sort in other direction.
  • Click ShowAll button to show all schools and restore full set of data view.
  • Click State to select all schools in a selected state (click ShowAll between selections).
  • View additional rows/schools by sliding vertical scrollbar at table right.
  • Modify column width by dragging column separator in header row.
  • View additional columns by sliding horizontal scrollbar (leftmost columns remain fixed).

Column Headers
  • Name - School Name
  • City - School City
  • St - State USPS Code
  • ZIP - ZIP Code
  • Locale - locale code is an indicator of school location area urbanization
    11 City, Large
    12 City, Midsize
    13 City, Small
    21 Suburb, Large
    22 Suburb, Midsize
    23 Suburb, Small
    31 Town, Fringe
    32 Town, Distant
    33 Town, Remote
    41 Rural, Fringe
    42 Rural, Distant
    43 Rural, Remote
  • Low Grade
  • High Grade
  • Type/Typology
    1 Catholic, parochial
    2 Catholic, diocesan
    3 Catholic, private
    4 Other Religious, Conservative Christian
    5 Other Religious, affiliated
    6 Other Religious, unaffiliated
    7 Nonsectarian, Regular
    8 Nonsectarian, special emphasis
    9 Nonsectarian, special education Nonsectarian
  • Relig - Religious Affiliation
    1 Catholic
    2 Other religious
    3 Nonsectarian
  • Orientation
    1 Roman Catholic
    2 African Methodist Episcopal
    3 Amish
    4 Assembly of God
    5 Baptist
    6 Brethren
    7 Calvinist
    8 Christian, no specific denomination
    9 Church of Christ
    10 Church of God
    11 Church of God in Christ
    12 Church of the Nazarene
    13 Disciples of Christ
    14 Episcopal
    15 Friends
    16 Greek Orthodox
    17 Islamic
    18 Jewish
    19 Latter Day Saints
    20 Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
    21 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    22 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
    23 Other Lutheran
    24 Mennonite
    25 Methodist
    26 Pentecostal
    27 Presbyterian
    28 Seventh-day Adventist
    29 Other
    30 Nonsectarian
  • Level - Elementary, Secondary, Combined
  • Students
  • %Male
  • Teachers (FTE)
  • Student-Teacher Ratio
  • %White
  • %Black
  • %AmInd/AN
  • %Asian
  • %NHPI
  • %2Plus
  • Hispanic

Additional Characteristics -- scroll section
In the fall of 2011, there were 30,861 private elementary and secondary schools with 4,494,845 students and 420,880 full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers in the United States.

Sixty-eight percent of private schools, enrolling 80 percent of private school students and employing 72 percent of private school FTE teachers in 201112, had a religious orientation.

Seventy percent of private schools emphasized a regular elementary/secondary program, 8 percent emphasized a Montessori program, 2 percent emphasized a special program emphasis, 6 percent emphasized a special education program, 3 percent emphasized an alternative program, and 12 percent emphasized an early childhood program.

There were more private schools in suburban locations (10,911), compared to those in cities (10,005), followed by those in rural areas (7,045), and then by those in towns (2,900)

More private school students were enrolled in schools located in cities (1,900,639), followed by those enrolled in suburban schools (1,672,501), followed by those in rural areas (620,862), and then by those in towns (300,842).

More private school students were enrolled in kindergarten (449,819) than in any other grade level

The average school size was 146 students across all private schools. Private school size differed by instructional level. On average, elementary schools had 108 students, secondary schools had 283 students, and combined schools had 190 students.

Forty-four percent of all private schools enrolled fewer than 50 students.

Seventy-one percent of private school students were White; 10 percent were Hispanic or Latino, regardless of race; 9 percent were Black or African American; 5 percent were Asian; 3 percent were of two or more races, and less than 1 percent was American Indian or Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, respectively.

Ninety-six percent of all private schools were coeducational, while 2 percent enrolled all girls and 2 percent enrolled all boys.

Seventy-eight percent of private school teachers were full-time teachers; 5 percent taught less than full time, but at least three-quarter time; 9 percent taught less than three-quarter time, but at least one-half time; 5 percent taught less than one-half time, but at least one-quarter time; and 3 percent taught less than one-quarter time.

The average pupil/teacher ratio was 10.7 across all private schools. The average pupil/teacher ratio was lower in combined schools (9.4) than in elementary schools (11.5) or secondary schools (11.6)

Ninety-eight percent of 12th-graders enrolled in private schools around October 1, 2010 graduated by the fall of 2011.

Of the 305,842 private high school graduates in 201011, some 64 percent attended 4-year colleges by the fall of 2011.

There were 10,212 private schools that did not report membership in any private school association.

There were 200,000 or more students enrolled in private schools in each of California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

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