The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) released a report this week with some interesting statistics regarding private schools. CAPE represents both parochial and independent schools, which collectively serve 1 in 10 students in the US.

In fact, one in four schools in the US is private.

Independent schools like Marshall are a smaller sub-set of that bigger group and make up about 1% of the student population in the US.

According to the CAPE report:

  • Private schools save American taxpayers $50 billion a year.
  • 67% of private school graduates attend four-year colleges vs 40% in public schools.
  • Private school 8th graders performed, on average, one or two grade levels above public school students in the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress in math and reading.
  • Private school students take a more rigorous courseload in math and science than their counterparts — with 75% of students in private schools taking a higher-level math course (above Algebra II).
  • The 2011 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report on school crime and safety reveals that students in public schools are victimized at twice the rate of those in private schools.
  • A separate NCES report in 2010 indicated that 79% of parents with students in private schools report being very satisfied vs. 52% of parents in public schools.
  • Finally, a 2012 report called State of Our Nation’s Youth reports that private school students are twice as likely than students in general to give their schools an “A.”

The world of private schools is varied, and sometimes these top-level statistics can be confusing. However, the report does make a strong case that private schools have an important place in American education and within individual communities. The full report is available as a PDF or as an interactive iBook.