Facts about Homeschooled Children
- Research suggest homeschooled students tend to graduate college at a higher rate than traditionally educated peers and earn higher grades and ACT/SAT scores. Many homeschooling graduates report feeling more self-motivated and independent.
- The same research that suggests homeschooled students have higher college graduation rates and standardized test scores has translated into higher admissions rates at hundreds of colleges nationwide, including Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and Cornell. Many of the students enroll in community college programs in high school to establish academic records and transfer on to four-year schools upon graduation. Some colleges have different admissions processes or criteria for home educated students.
- Homeschooled children not only have rich social lives, but may have higher quality social interactions than many conventionally educated students, especially since many schools offer less recess and free time than they did a decade ago. Homeschooling organizations, co-ops, community programs, sports, play dates and many other activities offer home educated children a chance to interact and collaborate with others.
- According to the website FamilyEducation.com, 2015 general estimates agree that "the number of homeschooled children in the United States is somewhere between 900,000 and 2,000,000. If recent annual percentage increases are any indication, homeschooling will see a phenomenal amount of growth in the future.
What Kind of Students Attend Homeschools?
- Advanced learners looking for an academic challenge
- Middle and high-schoolers interested in getting a head start on their college education
- Career-minded students wanting to explore in-demand careers
- Military families wanting consistency in their child's education despite frequent relocation
- Athletes, musicians, and students pursuing their dreams while in school
- Those homebound or undergoing medical treatments who want to continue with their public school education
- Students needing more support academically and are determined to succeed
- Families who want to be more involved in their child's schooling