How Many Homeschoolers Are There? (And other Homeschool Stats!)
This time of year, many people are looking into homeschooling for the first time. It can feel momentous to make the decision to homeschool. I thought I would share some stats so you know that you are not alone! This post shares some graphs and statistics about some of these topics:
- How many homeschoolers are there in the U.S.?
- How do the numbers of homeschoolers compare to the numbers of kids who attend public, private or charter schools?
- Where do homeschoolers live?
- What grades are the kids who homeschool in? (This surprised me!)
- What reasons do parents give for homeschooling?
- What is the race/ethnicity break-down for homeschoolers?
How many homeschoolers are there in the U.S.? As you can see, the number of homeschooled children has steadily increased over the past 15-20 years.
In 2007, 2.9% of students were homeschooled. In 2011-2012, 3.4% of students were homeschooled.
I would assume that the numbers have continued to climb. I base that on the steady increase in the number of homeschoolers in my state. Here’s a graph that shows the homeschooling trend in my state. This includes the most recent statistics which were released for the 2015-2016 school year. (Just because I didn’t have tons of time, I only included stats from every four years, but you get the idea!)
Overall, the vast majority of students in the U.S. attend public schools… based on some of the statistics I found, a pie graph of U.S. students might look something like this (Homeschoolers being the green slice!):
Where do homeschoolers live?
The rates of homeschooling were highest in rural areas where 4.5% of students were homeschooled. The homeschooling rate was 3.2% in the city, 3.1% in the suburbs and 2.7% in towns.
What grades are the students who homeschool in?
One things that surprised me about the statistics was that the homeschooling rate was actually higher in the upper grades. Just from conversations I’ve had with others, I had assumed that many people choose to homeschool in the younger grades and then put their children into traditional school (public or private schools) in middle school or high school. I had it totally wrong!
- The percentage of K-2 students who homeschooled was 3.1%.
- The percentage of 3rd-5th grade students who homeschooled was 3.4%.
- The percentage of 6th-8th grade students who homeschooled was 3.5%.
- The percentage of 9th-12th grade students who homeschooled was 3.7%.
The graph below shows the percentages of homeschoolers in each grade:
These statistics are based on the last U.S. government survey report that was put out several years ago; you can read the full report here: NCES.ed.gov Homeschooling in the United States Report. No new data has been released about homeschooling (as of April 2017 when I checked NCES.ed.gov). Surveys, of course, are not completely reliable. And not only that, but some states don’t track homeschool statistics and many homeschoolers (like my sister’s family!) homeschool under an umbrella school (so wouldn’t be included in data like this). But, this information is still intriguing, don’t you think?!
That’s about it for today!
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