Private School Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, CAPE, Digest of Education Statistics
Research Date: 7.21.2013
Students in private schools consistently score well above the national average. Private school teachers are more likely than public school teachers to report being satisfied with teaching at their school. The numbers do make a great case for sending your kids to private school …and then there’s tution.

Private School Statistics
Total PK-12 private school enrollment 5,488,000 (10 % of all US students)
Total number of private schools 33,366 (25 % of all US schools)
Where families with incomes over $75,000 send their kids
Public 85 %
Private 12 %
Both 3 %
Where do private school students go to school? In 1990 In 2012
Catholic 54.5% 42.9%
Non-Sectarian 13.2% 19.8%
Conservative Christian 10.9% 14.0%
Jewish 3.2% 5.5%
Baptist 5.8% 4.5%
Lutheran 4.4% 3.6%
Episcopal 1.7% 2.1%
Seventh-day Adventist 1.6% 1.1%
Calvinist 0.9% 0.5%
Friends 0.3% 0.4%
Average Private School Tuition All Levels Elementary Secondary K-12 Schools
All Schools $8,549 $6,733 $10,549 $10,045
Catholic $6,018 $4,944 $7,826 $9,066
Other Religious $7,117 $6,576 $10,493 $7,073
Non-Sectarian $17,316 $15,945 $27,302 $16,247
Percentage of Students in Public and Private Schools At or Above Achievement Levels
Math: Grade 4 Students Private Public
Basic 89 % 82 %
Proficient 49 % 40 %
Advanced 9 % 6 %
Math : Grade 8 Students Private Public
Basic 85 % 72 %
Proficient 48 % 34 %
Advanced 13 % 8 %
Reading : Grade 4 Students Private Public
Basic 81 % 66 %
Proficient 48 % 32 %
Advanced 13 % 7 %
Reading : Grade 8 Students Private Public
Basic 90 % 75 %
Proficient 54 % 32 %
Advanced 8 % 3 %
Percent of teachers who see following issue as serious problem in their school Public Private
Student disrespect for teachers 17 % 4 %
Use of alcohol 7 % 3 %
Drug abuse 6 % 2 %
Student tardiness 10 % 3 %
Student absenteeism 14 % 3 %
Students unprepared to learn 30 % 5 %
Lack of parent involvement 24 % 3 %
Student apathy 21 % 4 %
Percentage of students, age 12-18, who reported… Public Private
Having experienced violent victimization at, or on the way to/from, school 4.3 % 2.6 %
Being threatened with harm at, or on the way to/from, school 5.1 % 0.9 %
Fearing being attacked or harmed at, or on the way to/from, school 6.5 % 3.8 %
Being targets of hate-related words at, or on the way to/from, school 11.5 % 6.9 %
That street gangs were present at, or on the way to/from, school 25.4 % 4.2 %
That they avoided certain places in school for fear of their own safety 4.8 % 1.4 %
Average SAT Test Scores Writing Reading Math
Public 488 498 511
Religious 530 533 534
Independent 560 557 583
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