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Private School Statistics

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
Statistic & Data References
Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, CAPE, Digest of Education Statistics
Date research was conducted: March 3rd, 2015