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:
- Although it is impossible to determine the exact number of homeschooled children in the U.S., most estimates confirm growing numbers.
- 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).
- Findings from the Spring 1999, Parent Survey of the National Household Education Survey (Parent-NHES) estimated that 850,000 students nationwide were being homeschooled.
- In 1999, this was 1.7 percent of U.S. students ages 5 to 17 in the grade equivalents of K-12.
- Eighty-two percent of the homeschoolers were schooled at home only, while 18 percent were also enrolled in public or private schools part-time.
- According to the Parent-NHES, the majority of homeschoolers are white.
- Homeschooling parents have more education that non-homeschoolers, while the average household income of home-schoolers in 1999 was the same as non-homeschoolers.
- 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.