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Q: Homeschoolers in USA ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Homeschoolers in USA
Category: Reference, Education and News > Consumer Information
Asked by: shlezin-ga
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Posted: 19 Jan 2006 09:03 PST
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How many homeschoolers are today in US?
Subject: Re: Homeschoolers in USA
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 19 Jan 2006 10:01 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Shlezin,   

There are an estimated 1.5 to 2 million homeschoolers in the United States.

Below you will find the resources drawn on for this data.

?Q. How many homeschoolers are there?

A.  Nobody really knows. Several government agencies and homeschooling
organizations have made educated guesses, but because not all states
count homeschoolers, and because homeschools in some states are
indistinguishable from other private schools, there are no hard
numbers. Researchers currently estimate that there are 1.5 to 2
million homeschoolers in the U.S., representing 3 to 4 percent of the
school age population.?
National Home Education Network


An article in the Coalition of Independent Homeschoolers estimates
that there are 2 million homeschoolers in the U.S.

?For over 20 years, the organization known as the Home School Legal
Defense Association has purported to speak for homeschoolers
throughout the United States. In fact, HSLDA, is a religiously
conservative, contractual law firm that represents, by its own
admission, fewer than 90,000 home educators -- less than 5% of the
country?s estimated 2 million homeschoolers.?

Coalition of Independent Homeschoolers : February 17, 2004


?The U.S. Department of Education (Institute of Education Sciences;
NCES) released in August a report dated July 2004 entitled ?1.1
Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2003? (by
Princiotta, Bielick, & Chapman) in which the authors estimate the
number of homeschooled students in the United States (i.e., homeschool
population size). Dr. Ray, however, still estimates that there were
1.7 to 2.1 million K-12 homeschool students in the US during the
2002-2003 year Consistent with Dr. Ray?s findings (see Worldwide Guide
to Homeschooling), the researchers found that homeschooling has grown
about 7% per year during the past 4 years.?

National Home Education Research Institute


Home Schooling

In 2004, the National Center for Education Statistics estimated that
in spring 2003, the most recent period for which data is available,
there were about 1.1 million homeschooled children, compared to
850,000 in spring

U.S. Department of Education: October, 2004


Facts on homeschooling from the National Home Education Research Institute:

?There were an estimated 1,700,000 to 2,100,000 children (grades K-12)
home educated during 2002-2003 in the United States. Homeschooling
appears to still be the fastest-growing form of education.?
National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)


??nearly 2 million homeschoolers in the U.S.?

Texas Homeschoolers


1.1 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2003

Number and Percentage of Homeschooled Students in the United States 

"About 1.1 million students (1,096,000) were being homeschooled in the
United States in the spring of 2003 This represents an increase from
the estimated 850,000 students who were being homeschooled in the
spring of 1999. In addition, the estimated homeschooling rate?the
percentage of the school-age population that was being
homeschooled?increased from 1.7 percent in 1999 to 2.2 percent in

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

See figure 1 here :

Download complete Home schooling Report here:
Cover Date: July 2004 
Web Release: August 2, 2004 


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I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 19 Jan 2006 10:21 PST
Today as many as 2 million students are home-schooled.

Arizona Republic: August 19,2005
shlezin-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Great answer. That is what I needed. Thanks!

Subject: Re: Homeschoolers in USA
From: bobbie7-ga on 19 Jan 2006 12:25 PST
Thank you for the five stars and nice tip!

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