States with the most preK-12 students attending private schools, 2015-16

Sept. 18, 2018
More than 5.7 million students from prekindergarten through 12th grade were enrolled in private schools in 2015-16.

California, which has the most students enrolled in public schools, also has the greatest numbers of students attending private schools.

The National Center for Eduction Statistics Private School Universe Survey for 2015-16 found that 5,750,520 students were enrolled in private elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States.

That represents a drop of about 320,000 students over 10 years. In 2005, the survey found that 6,073,240 students attended private schools.

Here are the 10 states that had the greatest numbers of private school students in fall 2015.

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