Research
and Statistics 
on Homeschooling

Research
and
Statistics

Homeschooling by the numbers

With an explosion of growth during the 2019-2020 school year, there are now an estimated 4 – 5 million homeschool students in grades K-12 in the United States. Previously, the homeschool population had been growing at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past several years.
Source: NHERI

Homeschooling More Than Doubles During the Pandemic

State-level data show just how dramatic the surge in homeschooling has been.
Read more here!

Why do families choose to homeschool? 

Families choose to homeschool for many reasons, and when surveyed, their answers are varied. The most common motivations given by parents are:

  • The freedom to customizing or individualize the curriculum and learning environment for each child
  • The ability to accomplish more academically than in schools.
  • To enhance family relationships between children and parents and among siblings.
  • To provide guided and reasoned social interactions with youthful peers and adults
  • To protect minority children from racism in public schools or lower expectations of children of color

 

  • As an alternative education approach when public or private institutional schools are closed due to acute health situations such as related to disease
  • To provide a safer environment for children and youth, because of physical violence, drugs and alcohol, psychological abuse, racism, and improper and unhealthy sexuality associated with institutional school
  • To teach and impart a particular set of values, beliefs, and worldview
  • To give their children a sense of their historic and cultural roots

     

Who is Homeschooling?

Homeschoolers are a demographically wide variety of people. Homeschoolers include families of all religious and non-religious backgrounds; conservatives, libertarians, and liberals; low-, middle-, and high-income families; black, Hispanic, and white; parents with Ph.D.s, GEDs, and no high school diplomas. Read more here. 

One nationwide study shows that 41% of homeschool students are Black, Asian, Hispanic, and other non-white races.

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Homeschool Students Who are Black, Asian, Hispanic, or Non-white

Homeschool Freedom
2023 Academic Achievement Study

Homeschooling works!
Join Our Study!

We’ve all heard that homeschool students test, on average, higher than their public school peers. Did you know this data is more than 30 years old?

We continue to see increasing attacks on homeschooling and our freedoms. We know that quality research is a powerful tool in protecting homeschool freedom. You have the opportunity to showcase your child’s academic success by contributing to a new, multi-state research study!

Homeschool Freedom
2023 Academic Achievement Study

Homeschooling works!
Join Our Study!

We’ve all heard that homeschool students test, on average, higher than their public school peers. Did you know this data is more than 30 years old?

We continue to see increasing attacks on homeschooling and our freedoms. We know that quality research is a powerful tool in protecting homeschool freedom. You have the opportunity to showcase your child’s academic success by contributing to a new, multi-state research study!

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