The U.S. Department of Education is out this week with a new report on private school data from across the country. The last such data came out two years ago. Here’s what the numbers from the 2015-16 school year show.
Enrollment in private schools continued to decline. And yet, there were more private schools and more private school teachers.
Between 2013 and 2015, the number of students fell 9 percent, to 4,903,596.
But the number of teachers rose about nine percent, to 481,558.
Meanwhile, the number of schools jumped by nearly 1,000, to 34,576.
This factoid might be related. In the fall of 2013, roughly 36 percent of private schools had fewer than 50 students. Two years later, 46 percent of private schools were in that category.
Enrollment in faith-based schools is still falling. It dropped by just over 6 percent from the fall of 2013 to 2015. But enrollment in “nonsectarian” schools is falling faster. It dropped by more than 18 percent during the same period.