The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education has released its 2011-12 conventional non-public school statistics, which includes only students enrolled in private K-12 schools. Home School statistics for 2011-12 will be available in August.
A total of 695 private K-12 schools were registered statewide for the 2011-12 school year. Only 11 counties in the state did not have a conventional non-public school operating within them. Approximately 67.3 percent of the 2011-12 schools were religious schools, collectively enrolling about 69.8 percent of the conventional nonpublic school students.
The total private K-12 school statewide enrollment dropped during the 2011-12 year to 96,096, a consecutive three-year decline in enrollment. In 2009-10, enrollment was 96,421 and 2010-2011 the enrollment was 96,229 after reaching an all-time record of 98,545 students in 2008-09.