Thursday, October 24, 2013

Data: Private School Enrollment by Race and by Grade

For families looking at private schools, here are two sources with detailed information on enrollment by race and by grade.

Private School Universe Survey: Enrollment by Race and Ethnicity

This survey, conducted every 2 years by the US Department of Education, asks schools for information about enrollment by race and grade. The most recent data is for school year 2009-10 but still provides a useful baseline. I was holding out for the 2011-12 survey results, but will have to leave it to a future guest blogger.  I also added Marin Prep, which did not participate in the 2009-10 survey, after finding data on in a recruiting brochure for their Head of School.

12/2013 update: Table updated to include 2011-12 Private School Universe Survey (PSS) data.  The old version of the table with 2011-12 data from school websites is archived here.

SCHOOL Source and Year White Asian Latino African American Two or
more races
SF SCHOOL* website 2013 47% 32% 10% 11% -
website 2011 43% 29% 14% 15% -
PSS 2009-10 52% 20% 13% 15% -
SYNERGY website 2013-14 47% 53% students of color
PSS 2011-12 42% 34% 12% 4% 8%
PSS 2009-10 45% 22% 17% 15% -
CHILDREN'S DAY* website 2013-14 52% 48% students of color
PSS 2011-12 54% 9% 14% 1% 22%
PSS 2009-10 57% 8% 8% 1% 25%
PRESIDIO HILL* website 2013 53% 8% 10% 3% 23%
PSS 2011-12 67% 5% 9% 4% 14%
PSS 2009-10 56% 9% 9% 6% 21%
SF FRIENDS website 2013-14 56% 44% students of color
PSS 2011-12 63% 7% 5% 1% 23%
PSS 2009-10 (K-7) 67% 6% 4% 4% 19%
HAMLIN website 2013 60% 40% students of color
PSS 2011-12 61% 10% 1% 3% 24%
PSS 2009-10 61% 10% 1% 3% 25%
SF DAY website 2013-14 60% 40% students of color
PSS 2011-12 63% 8% 3% 4% 23%
PSS 2009-10** 65% 8% 7% 3% 17%
CATHEDRAL website 2013 62% 38% students of color
PSS 2011-12 76% 9% 4% 6% 5%
PSS 2009-10 66% 8% 3% 4% 19%
LIVE OAK website 2013-14 66% 34% students of color
PSS 2011-12 71% 4% 4% 3% 18%
PSS 2009-10 71% 4% 4% 3% 18%
ADDA CLEVENGER    website info on race/ethnicity not given
PSS 2011-12  69% 11% 9% 9% -
PSS 2009-10 69% 12% 9% 8% -
BURKE website 2013-14 70% 30% students of color
PSS 2011-12 67% 14% 5% 2% 12%
PSS 2009-10 70% 13% 3% 1% 12%
TOWN website not given***
PSS 2011-12 70% 16% 6% 5% -
PSS 2009-10 72% 15% 7% 5% -
KITTREDGE website not given
2011-12 PSS 83% 10% 5% -   -  
2009-10 PSS 82% 9% 1% 0% 6%
MARIN PREP website not given
Head of School 
recruiting brochure 
2012-13
90% 10% students of color
BRANDEIS-HILLEL website not given
PSS 2011-12 91% - 1% 1% 6%
PSS 2009-10 91% -3% 6%
*PSS does not include preschool/transitional kindergarten enrollment. Percentages from school websites may include preschool/TK enrollment (ie SF School, Presidio Hill, Children's Day).
**Conflicting data for SF Day 2009-10: SFDS.net website stated 45% students of color in 2009-10, but PSS survey response for same year was 35%.
***Town reports 36% from "diverse families," not broken out by race, LGBT or family structure

Source: Private School Universe Survey, National Center for Education Statistics. 
http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch/

As the table above shows, the higher the percentage of white students, the less information schools tend to give about their racial/ethnic enrollment. There are exceptions, but a rule of thumb is that if a school doesn't provide info about racial/ethnic enrollment, it's probably over 70% white.

Students of color does not equal parents of color.

A significant number of Asian, Latino and African-American children at the more expensive private schools are adopted or multiracial. Parents of color looking for a community of other parents of color, take note. At one popular school last year, of 3 Asian kindergarteners, two were adopted and the other was biracial. Does this mean there was only 1 Asian parent for the entire kindergarten class? On the other hand, this can be a big draw for multiracial and adoptive families.

Staff of color does not equal teachers of color.

Many school websites list the percentage of staff of color. This percentage may not reflect who interacts with students in the classroom on a regular basis. For example, it may include the development director, janitor, IT, or the admissions director. Some schools try to have at least one teacher of color in each grade. Others prioritize having a Spanish-speaking teachers. Others aim for equal numbers of male and female teachers. If this is important to you, browsing school faculty directories can be useful.


California Private School Directory: Enrollment by Grade


California law requires all private schools to submit information on enrollment by grade, staffing information and religious affiliation. The California Department of Education compiles the information into an annual private school directory.

Private School Enrollment by Grade, 2012-13

School K12345678UngradedK-8
Adda Clevenger 11 11 16 16 22 10 24 23 15 - 148
Alta Vista 32 30 12 15 - - - - - - 89
Brandeis Hillel 62 60 72 65 62 61 70 69 67 - 588
Brightworks - - - - - - - - - 32 32
Burke 45 47 46 44 50 37 46 43 46 - 404
Cathedral 25 24 24 41 25 30 35 35 31 - 270
Children's Day 47 47 43 45 26 17 23 21 20 - 289
Chinese American (CAIS) 63 61 58 49 40 42 37 44 34 - 428
French American (K-12) 84 80 75 72 68 67 62 59 62 - 629
Hamlin 46 45 47 45 46 44 44 45 43 - 405
Katherine Michiels 13 7 6 6 4 4 - - - - 40
Kittredge 7 6 6 8 9 8 11 15 13 - 83
La Scuola 10 2 - - - - - - - - 12
Live Oak 23 23 22 23 21 43 37 33 46 - 271
Lycee Francais 99 95 97 74 73 80 62 70 54 142 846
Marin Prep 30 19 9 - - - - - - - 58
Presidio Hill 19 19 14 17 18 17 26 32 27 - 189
Presidio Knolls 16 - - - - - - - - - 16
Russian American Int'l 10 6 13 - 12 5 - - - - 46
SF Day 45 46 44 45 43 46 44 45 46 - 404
SF Friends 44 44 44 44 44 48 55 55 53 - 431
SF School 24 21 18 23 20 20 32 32 32 - 222
SF Schoolhouse 11 4 4 - - - - - - - 19
SF Waldorf (K-12) 64 27 29 29 28 27 20 30 17 - 271
Stratford 33 41 20 22 15 - - - - - 131
Synergy 23 18 18 17 22 20 24 23 21 - 186
Town 47 45 44 45 46 42 45 42 44 - 400
Source: Private School Directory, California Department of Education
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/ps/


Declining enrollment going from K to 8 in language immersion schools (CAIS, FAIS and Lycee).

The table above shows how much enrollment declines in the upper grads for language immersion schools. It's harder for language immersion schools to fill spots in the upper grades because new students at the school must be at grade level in both English and the immersion language. This leads to a situation where middle school enrollments become smaller instead of larger, at an age when many students are developmentally ready for a bigger pond.

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