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Private School Enrollment Report: 2010-2011


Access the complete report, "California's Private Schools: A Portrait of Enrollment - 2010-2011."



Among the highlights of this year's report: Number of Private Schools and Total Enrollment
  • Total number of private schools in California: 3,358

  • Total private school enrollment: 515,143

  • One of every four schools providing instruction in any of grades K-12 was a private school.

  • Average enrollment: 153

  • Median* enrollment: 74

* The median is that point in a given distribution at which exactly half the scores or values fall above and half fall below.

Schools and Enrollment by School Type

  • 69 percent of California's private schools were constituted on a nonprofit basis.

  • Nonprofit private schools accounted for 88 percent of the state's total K-12 private school enrollment.

  • Median enrollment in nonprofit private schools was more than seven times greater than that of for-profit schools.

  • 62 percent of California's private schools were religiously oriented.

  • 77 percent of the state's total K-12 private school enrollment is found in schools with religious orientations.

  • Median enrollment in schools with religious orientations was three-and-a-half times greater than that of private schools with secular orientations.

All figures and statistics are derived from affidavit data submitted to the California Department of Education.


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