Homeschoolers are oftentimes stereotyped as super religious, hippies, health nuts or just plain weird. But the truth of the matter is that most homeschoolers are just normal parents who have made the decision to homeschool. Who homeschools? The answer may surprise you!
Homeschoolers are everywhere and come from all cultures, socioeconomic status, career choices and all walks of life. Homeschoolers live in the city, country, and suburbs. Homeschool families are made up of teachers, doctors, farmers, painters and more. Some homeschool families do so for religious beliefs, and some are nonbelievers. The truth of the matter is that homeschool families oftentimes don’t look any different than anyone else.
Let’s take a look at some statistics on families who homeschool!
In the 2011-2012 homeschool year (source):
- 3% of the population were homeschooled.
- 83% of homeschool families were white, 5% African American, 7% Hispanic (according to HSLDA in 2013 68% of homeschoolers were white)
- 91% of those polled said they homeschooled because they were concerned with the school environment
- More homeschooled students live in suburban areas (34%) and cities (28%) than the number that lives in rural areas (31%).
- 66% of fathers in homeschooled families have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Income level varies greatly but children scored well on standardized test scores regardless of household income.
Homeschooling is growing by leaps and bounds and is the fastest growing educational option in the United States. Chances are you no longer have to drive huge distances to meet other homeschoolers, they are at your church, the park, and the library.
As homeschooling continues to grow, more and more families are joining the homeschooling trend. Who homeschools? Anyone who wants to!
Created by: CollegeAtHome.com