We already know that homeschool students perform well academically, but how do they do long term? Do they turn into socially inept adults? Do they thrive at college? How do homeschoolers perform long term?
Do Homeschooled students go to college?
Yes! Over 74% of homeschooled graduates have taken some form of college level courses. Compare that to 46% of the general population.
How do homeschool students perform academically in college?
Compared to conventional students, college students who were homeschooled earn, on average a higher first year GPA (3.41) than the overall average (3.12) a higher fourth-year GPA (3.46) than the overall average (3.16) and have a higher college graduation rate (66.7%) compared to the overall average (57.5%).
Once in College, how do homeschool students do socially?
Recent studies have found that whether or not a student is homeschooled has no effect on their self-esteem in college. However, these students do have a significantly lower rate of depression and tend to rate their college experiences more positively than students who were not homeschooled.
Does the family bonds made by homeschooling last?
Yes! The bonds made with family members during homeschooling, last a lifetime. Homeschooled children are more likely to adopt the behaviors and values of their family members because they are ones they spend the most time with.
Are Homeschoolers active in their communities after graduation?
Yes! Homeschool graduates tend to participate regularly in community services. They are also 50% more likely to be members of organizations like a church or synagogue.
How do homeschoolers feel about homeschooling once they are adults?
The majority of adults who were homeschooled plan on homeschooling their own children. They also tend to have no negative feelings about their education.
So, if you have been wondering what the long term effects of homeschooling are I hope this has given you some peace about your decision. I have found no long term disadvantages of homeschooling. Homeschooling is a great education choice for many families, and the advantages will always outweigh the doubts you may have!
Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.