CAPSO's annual private school enrollment report, "California's Private Schools: A Portrait of Enrollment - 2009-2010," is now available for viewing or download via the "members only" section of the CAPSO website.
All figures in the report are based upon California Department of Education affidavit data.
Among the highlights of this year's report:
In the 2009-2010 academic year, the state of California counted 3,303 private schools enrolling a total of 512,826 students in grades kindergarten through twelve.
One of every four schools offering instruction in grades K-12 in the state of California is a private school.
The average enrollment in a California private school is 155 students.
Of all California private schools, 70.3% are established on a non-profit basis.
The median enrollment in non-profit private schools is seven times greater than for-profit schools.
Non-profit private schools account for nearly 90% of the state's total private school enrollment.
62.6% of all private schools in California have religious orientations.
Of the state's total private school enrollment, 77.6% of students attend religiously oriented schools.
In 2009-2010, the number of private K-12 schools in California declined 1.9% from the preceding year, and total K-12 enrollment decreased 4.3%.
While declining enrollment marks the continuation of a multi-year trend, the rate of decline eased slightly in 2009-2010.
Thirteen counties experienced an increase in total private school enrollments, while enrollment declined in forty-two counties.
Average enrollment per-private-school increased in 20 counties and decreased in 32.
The student-to-teacher ratio increased from 12.3 to 12.5.
If you don't know your CAPSO User ID and password, please contact your CAPSO member organization office.