The Top Homeschool Statistics You Must Know

As a parent, your children’s education is one of the top priorities in your life. You want to make sure they get a balanced and excellent education that prepares them to be a mature adult who can thrive in society. If you’re on this site, you’ve already considered homeschooling your child. To make your job I’m going to go over the data surrounding homeschool statistics so you have a clear and accurate picture of the effectiveness and popularity of homeschooling.

The Popularity of Homeschooling in the United States

2 Million Children are educated through homeschooling in the United States.   According to a 2007 survey of parents by the National Center of Education Statistics, there were three major motivations behind enrolling their child in homeschooling. 88% of percents were worried about the school environment. 83% of parents had a desire to provide religious and moral instruction and home.   73% of parents said they were dissatisfied with the academic instruction provided at other schools.

Homeschooling Statistics
Homeschooling Statistics

Parents were also asked which of the above reasons were the most important.   The leading reason according to parents (36 Percent of them) was the need to provide religious or moral instruction.

The Benefits of Homeschooling-

Homeschooling also has many academic benefits. Homeschooled students typically score 30-37 percentile points better than public school students according to research by Dr. Brian Ray. That means that the average homeschooling student is in the top 13-20 percent of students.   Your home schooled children are at a massive advantage as compared to public school students. That’s an incredible and shocking advantage.

Another homeschooling study by Dr. Lawrence M. Rudner shows that homeschooled children who were homeschooled for their whole education showed the highest achievement. That means the sooner you start homeschooling your child, the better their eventual performance will be!

Are you worried about the cost of home schooling?   According to Dr. Ray the average cost of homeschooling per year is only a measly $546.

Another interesting aspect of homeschooling is that the child’s race barely matters. Minority children benefit tremendously from homeschooling. Peer pressures and negative school environments in less-advantaged areas give children in those areas severe disadvantages and those children can benefit the most from homeschooling. If you have a minority child it may be worth thinking about the effects of a public school education on your child.

All in all these homeschool statistics prove the point that homeschooling is an excellent alternative to public school education. According to peer reviewed studies and research home schooled children perform far better than their public schooled counterparts.   It makes perfect sense, considering the large range of problems in the public school system, as well as the teacher to student ratio. It also makes more sense that you educate your child, as you know your child far better than any teacher can. Not to mention a teacher’s attention is divided between dozens of other children under his/her care.


Dr. Brian Ray, Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers Across America, National Home Education Research Institute, Salem, OR, 1997.

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Homeschool Statistics

The “numbers” surrounding homeschooling may surprise you.   Would you have guessed that over two million youth are currently learning in a home school setting?!  This represents a 75% increase since 1999.

It would seem that the ‘proof is in the pudding’ when it comes to homeschool results.  Homeschooled students outperform public educated students in every nationally norm referenced test.    College GPA rates are another consistent statistic for home educated students, and college graduation rates for homeschoolers exceed those of public school students.

The fear that homeschooling is creating a population of outcasts has been allayed as well.  In studies of interpersonal skills, maturity levels, communication and daily living skills, homeschooled students ‘outperform’ their publicly educated peers.  Criticisms of ‘elitism’ also are disproved by the statistics.  External factors such as household income, parent ‘certification’ and cost per student do not seem to impact success rates.

While over 70% of the families who choose to educate at home are dis-satisfied with the public schools, the other reasons for the choice are extremely diverse.   Freedom to pursue learning that matches a child’s personality, learning style and interests is one strong motivation.   Keeping family life at the center of activities is another.  Time stewardship, instruction in morals and faith and freedom to travel are other factors motivating home education.

Whatever the motivation, homeschooling well is a continual learning process.  Have you made your reservation for the Homeschool Expo yet?  What are you waiting for?  Great classes for new (or aspiring) homeschoolers, workshops for seasoned educators and a vast array of curriculum providers will make your homeschool adventure better than ever!

Statistics obtained through National Home Education Research Institute and