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Yes! For a long time, the most commonly expressed concern about homeschooling was whether homeschooled children would be disadvantaged socially. However, studies have found that homeschoolers do well socially, emotionally, and psychologically.

And opportunities for social enrichment continue to grow! With the rise in homeschooling popularity, there are literally countless ways homeschooling families can achieve socialization opportunities—through volunteering, co-ops, sports, youth groups, community orchestras, part-time jobs, and the list goes on. In fact, for many families, the hardest part is deciding which activities to say no to.

No. In general, homeschooling only becomes an issue in a divorce case when the parents cannot agree with each other about the children’s education, and it is typically only one of the many issues over which parents disagree. HSLDA supports the right of parents to determine how their children are educated and therefore does not choose sides if one parent wants to homeschool and the other does not.

When a divorce occurs after the parents have joined HSLDA as a married couple, and the parents disagree on homeschooling, HSLDA cannot ethically represent either member against the other due to the conflict of interest between the parents.

While HSLDA does not represent families in custody disputes, we can provide a free information packet containing research on domestic and custody cases involving homeschooling. Contact us to request the packet.

No, you don't! While some states have a special homeschooling option for parents who are certified teachers, no state requires that every homeschooling parent be a certified teacher.

In fact, research has found little difference between the academic achievement of homeschooled students whose parents were certified teachers and those whose parents were not. They both scored on average much higher than their counterparts in public school.

However, be aware that some states require homeschool parents to meet certain qualifications (such as having a high school diploma or its equivalent). You can find homeschool laws (including any qualification requirements) for all 50 states and US territories on our interactive legal map.

A Homeschool Researcher Responds to Harvard Professor’s Criticism

The purpose of this paper is to place in context and evaluate the efforts of many of those who negatively criticize homeschooling, homeschool researchers, or particular research studies on parent-led home-based education.

Head Start to Where?

Research casts doubt on federal early childhood programs

Child Psychologist to Lead Homeschool Research

In August, Steven Duvall, PhD, joined Home School Legal Defense Association’s team as our new director of research.

Brian D. Ray, PhD

Dr. Brian Ray is a leading international expert in research on homeschooling and president of the National Home Education Research Institute.

Rachelle Reitz

Rachelle is wife to Michael and homeschooling mom to Ben, Kyrie, & Evie. She works part-time as a travel coordinator for non-profit organizations, and enjoys reading, writing, and ancestry research.

Invite Dr. Steve Duvall to Speak at Your Event!

Steve is a licensed/certified school psychologist in three states. He served as a public school psychologist and taught at the university level for a combined 40 years before joining HSLDA as the director of research.

Beyond the Research: An International Homeschooling Q&A

We asked Mike Donnelly to comment on Harvard’s June 10 webinar on international homeschooling in light of his experience as global outreach director for Home School Legal Defense Association.

New Research Shows Homeschool Growth across All Race, Income Categories

The latest data from the US Census Bureau shows Black, Hispanic, and Asian families are now homeschooling at about the same rate as White families. Homeschooling has also grown across all income levels.

Maria Inês Peceguina


Alaska Study Criticizes Homeschooling But Doesn’t Study Homeschoolers

Can homeschool policies be based on public school correspondence test results? HSLDA Dir. of Research Steven Duvall discusses this as he reviews a recent study of Alaska student test scores by Chelsea McCracken and Rachel Coleman. Read our summary.