As a result of the recent growth of homeschooling in the US, colleges and universities have received an increasing number of application from home-schooled students. Here are some highlights:

  1. Although it is impossible to determine the exact number of homeschooled children in the U.S., most estimates confirm growing numbers.
  2. Five to ten years ago, researchers estimated that there were 500,000 to 1 million students in home-based education programs in the U.S. (Cohen, 2000).
  3. Findings from the Spring 1999, Parent Survey of the National Household Education Survey (Parent-NHES) estimated that 850,000 students nationwide were being homeschooled.
  4. In 1999, this was 1.7 percent of U.S. students ages 5 to 17 in the grade equivalents of K-12.
  5. Eighty-two percent of the homeschoolers were schooled at home only, while 18 percent were also enrolled in public or private schools part-time.
  6. According to the Parent-NHES, the majority of homeschoolers are white.
  7. Homeschooling parents have more education that non-homeschoolers, while the average household income of home-schoolers in 1999 was the same as non-homeschoolers.
  8. Parents cited several reasons for homeschooling their children--because they felt able to provide a better education at home, because of religious reasons, and because they perceived that their child had a poor learning environment in a traditional school.