There are many reasons why parents choose homeschooling or online classes as an alternative option to public or private school education. A lot of parents who homeschool believe that by custom building a curriculum to suit the needs of their child or children uniquely, that they will be able to achieve more academically. For those parents who believe that their child is a slower learner than most, or for those who feel that their child is accelerated, homeschooling classes offers individualized studies to benefit each unique child. Others believe that homeschooling offers an opportunity to build stronger family relationships and values, in addition to offering a safer environment for learning.
Academic Performance Homeschooling Statistics
According to the National Home Education Research Institute:
- Homeschooled children perform 15 to 30 percent above public or private school students on standardized tests.
- The homeschooled child’s academic performance is not dependent on whether or not the homeschooling parent is a certified teacher.
- Homeschooled children have proven to score higher on standardized test, regardless of parent’s formal education.
- Homeschooled children generally score above the average student on the ACT and SAT.
- Currently, there are approximately 2.2 million home-educated children in the United States.
- Over the past few years the homeschooled population has grown at a rate of approximately 8 percent per annum.
- Homeschooling families are not dependent upon the public or taxpayer contributions for their educations. In fact, the finances associated with homeschooling account for approximately $24 billion that taxpayers do not have to put into education expenses.
- Homeschooled students actively participate in everyday life in ways such as voting, contributing time to volunteer work, socializing, and attend public meetings.
As you can see, by the statistics laid out above (thanks to the NHERI), homeschooled students are just as successful – if not more – than students who attend public or private schools.