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Homeschooling Research

The best one-stop-shop for homeschooling statistics, studies, and information!

Frequently Asked Questions

How many children are homeschooled in the United States?

"There were an estimated 1,700,000 to 2,100,000 children (grades K-12) home educated during 2002-2003 in the United States. Homeschooling appears to still be the fastest-growing form of education." – Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., Facts on Homeschoooling *

*Home education has constantly grown over the last two decades. The growth rate is 7% to 15% per year, according to Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute (Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling).

How many high school (grades 9-12) students are being homeschooled?

An estimated 250,000 to 340,000 high school (grades 9-12) students were being homeschooled during the 2000-2001 conventional school year.

How many children are homeschooled internationally?

Numbers are hard to come by in some nations. But home education is on the rise in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

According to Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute in his recent book, "Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling," there were an estimated 50,000 to 95,000 students homeschooled in Canada during the 2000-2001 school year. Estimates for England and Wales varied widely from 13,000 to 50,000. Australian figures were in the range of 35,000 to 55,000. And one homeschool organization in Germany reported between 500 and 600 homeschooled students.

In addition to these, there are many who homeschool while serving as missionaries, military, or employees of the U.S. State Department overseas.

Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling, B. Ray, PhD © 2002.

HSLDA: International Homeschooling

What about socialization?

Data on homeschool students' activities and community involvement reveal that, on average, these children are engaged in 5.2 activities outside the home, with 98% involved in two or more.

Homeschool Achievement (Figure 8)

Home Education Across the United States (Figure 17)

HSLDA Issue Library: Socialization

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