Homeschooling can be highly flexible, allowing students to learn at their own pace. Some parents choose to homeschool their children because of concerns about bullying or negative peer pressure at school, while others want to mold their children’s education around their religious beliefs.
There are many different ways to teach homeschooled children, and families often experiment with several methods until they find one that works for them.
1. The percentage of children being homeschooled is on the rise
Parents who homeschool their children can teach them at a pace that suits their individual needs. This can help children who aren’t learning as quickly as other students or may be experiencing difficulties with certain subjects. It also allows them to spend more time on activities that they enjoy, such as sports teams and volunteer work.
Homeschooling is growing in popularity, with more families deciding to educate their children at home than ever before. Many of these families are choosing to homeschool for a variety of reasons, including dissatisfaction with academic instruction at their local schools and safety concerns. Other reasons include fostering religious and moral instruction, and the desire to provide their children with a more personalized education.
Despite the stereotype of homeschooling as a homogeneous group of white families in rural areas, the trend is spreading across all demographic groups and socioeconomic levels. It’s also becoming more common for families to join homeschool cooperatives, where they can learn together and share resources.
2. The number of homeschooled students is growing
It’s hard to know exactly how many students are homeschooled in the United States because state governments vary widely in their level of control and regulation of private homeschooling. However, the number of homeschooled students is likely to be increasing. According to the US Census Experimental Household Pulse Survey, homeschooling rates roughly doubled between March of 2020 and fall of 2021.
These increases were particularly pronounced for Black families. Additionally, parents who had never homeschooled before the pandemic were more likely to consider doing so in the future.
Overall, the majority of homeschooled students are white. They represent 68% of homeschooled students, while Hispanics make up 15%. Blacks are the next largest group, with 8% of homeschooled students, and Asians make up 4%. In addition, college students who are homeschooled tend to have higher first-year and fourth-year GPAs than their peers who attend traditional schools. This suggests that homeschooling may be an important part of the future of education in America.
3. The number of homeschooled students is increasing
The number of homeschooled students grew significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the rate of homeschooling nearly doubled between spring 2020 and fall 2021.
This increase was particularly apparent among Black families. Many of these parents cited safety concerns as their primary reason for choosing to homeschool their children. Other reasons included dissatisfaction with academic quality and a desire to provide their children with more religious instruction.
Despite these gains, the number of homeschooled children remains quite small in comparison to the number of public school students. In addition, the rate of homeschooling varies greatly across states and metropolitan areas. This variation is likely due to local rates of COVID-19 infections and local decisions about how schools should be conducted during the pandemic. Nevertheless, the number of homeschooled children is expected to continue to grow. Several factors are driving this growth, including increasing distrust of traditional schools and the belief that homeschooling provides a better education.
4. The number of homeschooled students is decreasing
While the coronavirus pandemic caused a dramatic increase in homeschooling, this spike will likely subside once schools resume and vaccines become more readily available. However, some families will continue to homeschool because of the stable reasons that have long motivated them.
For example, peer-reviewed research shows that students homeschooled perform well on college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT. They also score above average on tests that measure social skills, leadership qualities, family cohesion, and self-concept.
In fact, a recent podcast by Classical Conversations CEO Robert Bortins featured Dr. Brian Ray of NHERI. He discussed current homeschooling statistics, the number of children being homeschooled, and the state-by-state breakdown of homeschooling rates. You can listen to the full episode on the Refining Rhetoric website or on your favorite podcast streaming service. You can also read NHERI’s latest study on homeschooling trends in the United States. It is free to download and includes a chart of homeschooling rates by state.