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Schools, Religious

In the United States, various religious denominations organize and operate elementary, middle, and high schools through parish churches or religious communities. Catholic schools are the most common, but Lutherans, Episcopalians, Mennonites, Jews, and various Fundamentalist Christian denominations have also established and run a significant number of religious schools. Religious schools at the K-12 level are often referred to as parochial schools, even when they are not run by a parish, but the term is not usually used when referring specifically to Jewish, Muslim, or other non-Christian religious schools. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of the fall of 2013, roughly 9% of all prekindergarten through 12th-grade (PreK-12) students attend private schools. Of these private school attendees, 80% attend religious schools, of ...

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