Homeschool Statistics

In 2011, NCHE commissioned the following research:

A Summary of Homeschooling Across North Carolina: Academic Achievement and Demographic Characteristics
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.

March 11, 2011

The modern homeschool movement in America continues to grow, currently at a rate of 8% a year (Ray, 2004; Rudger, 1999; Spiegler, 2003). In America, as of 2009, roughly 2.9% of school-aged children (5-17) were homeschooled (NCES, 2009).  Indeed, the success of America's nearly 2 million homeschoolers have inspired others in numerous developed societies; current estimates include 15 developed countries and an additional 2 million students (Ray, 2011). 

Not only is homeschooling growing internationally and in the United States, but also in North Carolina.

NC: 74,653+ Homeschools, 186,633+ Students

In January 1988, there were about 1046 homeschools in North Carolina. When NCHE convinced the NC General Assembly to pass a favorable homeschool law that was ratified on June 20, 1988, the number of homeschools began to grow rapidly. By the end of the 1988-89 school year the NC homeschool community had experienced a phenomenal 32% increase in numbers to 1,385 homeschools. Since then, the number of homeschools in North Carolina has grown at an annual compound growth rate of more that 16%. By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the number of homeschools had grown to 67,804. By August 24, 2015 there more than 70,000 homeschools in North Carolina.

In July, 2016 The NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) published the NC homeschool statistics for the 2015-2016 school year on their website. The number of state recognized homeschools grew by more than 10% to 74,653. DNPE estimates that there are about 1.6 students per homeschool for a total of 118,268 students ages 6 through 17. NCHE believes that a more realistic estimate is 2.5 students per homeschool for a total student population of 186,633. Also, since most homeschools with students only below the age of 7 do not officially open a school (because the law does not require it), there are actually more homeschools than this number represents.  Here is a link to the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education homeschool data for the the 2014-2015 school year.