Home School Statistics
Why Do Parents Home School Their Children?
48.9%-Can give child a better education at home
38.4%- Religious reasons
25.6%- Poor learning environment at school
16.8%- Family reasons
15.1%- To develop character/morality
12.1%- Object to what school teaches
11.6%- School does not challenge child
11.5%- Other problems with available schools
9.0%- Student behavior problems at school
8.2%- Child has special needs/disability
Parents feel as though they can teach their children so much more one on one instead of having to deal with disciplining the class, decreasing the production in the class.
Schools are worried about parents home schooling their children because “It is taking some of the most affluent and articulate parents out of the system. These are the parents who know how to get things done with administrators.” (Chris Lubienski, Time Magazine)
“If a large number of a community’s parents do not fully believe in the school system, it gets more difficult to pass those property taxes. And that directly impacts the schools’ ability to operate” (Kellar Noggle, Time Magazine).
Despite this, home schooling is still growing at 11% a year. In 1994 there were just 345,000 home schooled children, but in 1999 there were 850,000, more than doubling! In the year 2000, there were approximately 1.5 million homeschoolers, and in the 2000-2001 school year, there were an estimated 1.7 children being schooled at home, about 3% of all kindergarten through 12th graders in the U.S.
The racial breakdown - most are white, non-Hispanic, a smaller percentage are black, non-Hispanic, and an even smaller percentage are Hispanic.
Home Schooling Successess
On average, homeschoolers scored an average of 1.7 points higher on the ACTs (36 is the max. score) than non-homeschoolers.
On the SAT, out of 1600 points, home schooled students scored an average of 1083, 67 points more than the national average.
In 1997, 13 year-old Rebecca Sealfon was the first home schooled student to win the National Spelling Bee.
In 2000, homeschooler George Thampy, 12, beat 2 other homeschooled students to win the National Spelling Bee, 1 week after coming in second place in the National Geographic Bee.
Limited tests have shown that homeschoolers have above-average social and psychological development through their exposure to many different age groups and other activities to boost their social development.