Founded in 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) is a private, volunteer organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in North Carolina and beyond.
In order to better serve, NCHE divides the state into nine regions. Each region has an assigned number and Regional Director.
Homeschooling is the view that education is best when teaching and learning are integrated into the relationships and activities of the family.
The oldest form of education, homeschooling was legally recognized in NC in 1988.
Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.
Our guide to your first steps
How to Homeschool High Schoolers
We're different in NC!
It is our goal to have the most informative website about homeschooling in North Carolinia.
Recordings of conference workshops & lectures.
NCHE is proud to share in the work of vast network of passionate educators who serve as authors, speakers, and volunteers.
There are many groups of North Carolinians who are working to promote or practice home education. Find home educators like or near you.
NCHE divides the state into 9 regions. Each region has a director.
Did you benefit from homeschool? Be part of a growing group of alums.
Middle and High school sports include Boys Baseball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Cross Country (individual & team), Golf (individual & team), Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys & Girls Swimming (individual & team), Girls Volleyball
Regional Tournaments & More
Spend a week in Raleigh, serving in our capital
A multi-day event occuring in Winston-Salem in late Spring featuring national and regional speakers, workshops for the curious as well as the experienced and a vendor hall of over 45,000 square feet.
Coinciding with our annual conference, NCHE hosts a graduation ceremony for NCHE members.
Our biannual Spring event in Raleigh. Meet legislators and visit state museums.
Become part of an organization devoted to serving NC homeschoolers. Help us advance our threefold purpose: PROTECT the freedom of educating at home, PROVIDE encouragement & support to families who choose home education for their children, and PROMOTE home education as an educational alternative
Help us advance NC homeschooling through our educational programs, publications, extra-curricular activities & scholarships.
Do you have a passion for home education? Find a place to employ your talents and serve with NCHE!
Want to reach NC homeschoolers with your product or service?
|6 Jan 2017||
(Photo courtesy of Discovery Place)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017: 301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC; check-in between 10 and noon
Come and spend the day with NCHE at Discovery Place Science Museum, one of the top-rated science museums in the nation. Enrich your students' education with a trip to the Rain Forest, a hands-on encounter with out-of-the-ordinary animals, or an interactive visit with a chemist. Be lifted high in the air by a vacuum powered Air Chair or lie on a bed of nails unharmed. The youngest visitors (age 0-7) and their caregivers will enjoy the KidScience, a room full of hands-on learning.
Learn about 13th century Mongolia through the special, limited time exhibit of Genghis Khan. With more than 200 items on exhibit, view the weaponry, musical instruments and everyday artifacts of life during the Mongol empire.
Choose from two optional IMAX film experiences: The Mysteries of China or Secret Ocean.
Advance Registration and payment required to guarantee our discounted rates. Tickets will be held for your pick-up at Discovery Place on February 21.
Admission for everyone 2 and older is $9 (regular prices are $13.94/student and $18.23/adult). Children under 2 are free. Discounted tickets for IMAX shows may be purchased on-site for $5.36 each (regular price of $9/student, $10/adult).
|12 Dec 2016||
Join other homeschoolers January 23 at Beech Mountain, NC!
$30 per person fee (a $90 value) includes:
$20 per person fee includes:
A tubing option exists: $25 per person (pay when you arrive; no need to pre-register for tubing); Runs scheduled for 10, noon, 2 and 4. Register in person 2 hours before desired run. Minimum height requirement: 42".
PRE-REGISTRATION BY 6 p.m. JANUARY 20 IS MANDATORY TO GUARANTEE THE SPECIAL RATE.
To register, email the following information to ski trip registrar, Glenna Toney, at firstname.lastname@example.org with JANUARY 23 in the subject line:
Expect a confirmation email with additional details from Riderschoice. If you do NOT receive a confirmation, you are not on the list for January 23.
Payment is made on-site at Ski Beech. PLEASE NOTE: Homeschool families will be expected to show current, appropriate proof of homeschooling (such as a print-out of your NC DNPE registration). Adults attending must be accompanying their legally homeschooled (19 or younger and not yet graduated from high school) children, grandchildren, or younger siblings.
Cancellation can be made to email@example.com until 6 pm on January 20.
Ski Beech only closes for ice storms or high winds.
Please contact either Evelyn Bickley, NCHE Activities Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or Glenna Toney, ski trip registrar at email@example.com.
|26 Sep 2016||
Friday, December 2, 2016, Old Salem Visitor's Center, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC.
The Footsteps Through History tour is a self-guided town visit and includes an educational video on the history of Old Salem at the Visitors Center, admission to town buildings and gardens, and admission to three self-guided galleries in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA).
Hosted by the Home Moravian Church of Winston-Salem, the Candle Tea is a Christmas tradition. This abbreviated version includes a 40 minute tour of the Single Brothers house with special emphasis on the kitchen, candlemaking, the Nativity story, the Moravian putz (miniature replica of Old Salem), and a Moravian sugar cookie.
Tours group size is strictly limited due to fire codes. If you want to be with your friends, please have one person order all the tickets for your group. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Every effort will be made to give you your preferred time.
Register Now! Registration must be made by October 31 to insure the discounted admission price. Tickets will be held at the NCHE desk in the Old Salem Visitors Center for pick up on December 2.
You will receive an email confirming your reservations, with admission time, details, and further information.
|10 Jul 2016||
The NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) just 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.
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. In 1991 the number of NC homeschools had jumped to 4,127. Many authorities said that home education was just a passing fad, and they predicted that in a few years the interest in homeschooling would dwindle. Those authorities were wrong. Twenty-eight years later, growth in the number of NC homeschools continues at an unparalleled rate.
|1 Dec 2015||
Born out of the desire for on-going connections among parents who attended our recent Summit for Teaching Exceptional Children, NCHE Support Groups are here for you to ask questions, share advice and arrange meet-ups. The privacy settings are "closed" so that what you share will not appear in anyone's Facebook feed unless they are a member of that support group. As of now, we have created four groups: autism, down syndrome, learning differences and physical disabilities. You may join as many as are appropriate for your family, and please let us know if you think we should create additional groups.
|8 Jul 2015||
The NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) just announced that there were 67,804 NC homeschools at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. This is an 11% growth over last year. DNPE estimates that there are about 1.6 students per homeschool for a total of 106,853 students ages 6 through 17. NCHE believes that a more realistic estimate is that there are 2.5 students per homeschool for a total student population of almost 170,000. 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.
When NCHE convinced the NC General Assembly to pass a good homeschool law in 1988, there were only 381 homeschools in North Carolina. In 1991 the number of NC homeschools had jumped to 4,127. Many authorities said that home education was just a passing fad, and they predicted that in a few years the interest in homeschooling would dwindle. Those authorities were wrong. Twenty-seven years later, growth in the number of NC homeschools continues at a unparalleled rate.
This map above and the list below show the number of homeschools in each county.
26 Jun 2015
Law & Policy, High School
There has been a lot of confusion about the status of homeschool students who take public school virtual classes. The confusion began when Iredell County began to offer NC virtual classes to homeschool students in 2012, and the confusion increased when NC virtual charter schools began recruiting students for this fall. After consulting with Katie Cornetto (Staff Attorney, State Board of Education), Bill Peaslee (General Counsel, NC Department of Administration) and Connie Joiner (NC Virtual Public School), I have an answer to the question, “Can a student participate in these programs and still be considered a homeschool student?”
NC Virtual Charter Schools
NC Virtual Public School Classes
Through Local School Districts
Through NC Virtual Public School Website
Community College Dual Enrollment
|1 Apr 2015||
North Carolina Senators Tarte, Barringer, Van Duyn, Bryant, Robinson and Smith filed Senate Bill 346, Enact Stricter Immunization Requirements. If enacted, this bill would require all children ages zero through eighteen to receive all immunizations prescribed and by the ages specified by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in order to attend any school in the state, including homeschool. In addition, all children shall be screened for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency to determine if the child qualifies for a medical exemption. This bill will take away the religious immunization exemption that is currently in the law. Exemptions will only be granted upon a request by a physician licensed to practice medicine in NC. NCHE opposes this bill.
The Senate Health Care Committee was scheduled to consider Senate Bill 346 in their meeting on March 31, but the three co-chairmen, Senators Hise, Pate and Tucker, decided not bring the bill up for debate and a vote. This was a major blow to the progress of the bill. Technically, the bill is not dead; it can be brought up at any time for a vote before May 7. Several influential senators have declared their opposition to this bill as has Lt. Governor Forest. Therefore, it is unlikely that it will be brought up again in its present language. NCHE will continue to monitor this bill.
Proposal to Move DNPE
NCHE is opposed to the proposed move of DNPE from the Department of Administration to the Governor’s Office. We think it will take away from the stability of this division, and it will politicize this office. This plan would expose DNPE employees to the possibility of being replaced each time a new governor is elected. The NC House is the next step in the budget process. Please contact your NC representative and communicate your thoughts. To find your representative, click here and follow the instructions.
Convention of States
While it is not a homeschool issue, many homeschoolers have inquired about the convention of states movement. Bills H321 and S398 have been filed in the NC House and Senate that, if passed, will have NC call for a convention of states. To learn more about this, here are links supporting the convention and in opposition to the convention.
Homeschoolers in Public School Sports and Activities
Senate Bill 649 was filed by Senators Sanderson, Brock and Hise. NCHE has taken a neutral stance on this bill. On one hand, the bill will enable homeschool students to participate in public school sports and other activities (band, drama, etc.) in areas where there are no homeschool opportunities available. On the other hand, to participate, homeschoolers will have to give up the freedom to determine the scope and sequence of instruction and instruction schedule. This bill will give those decisions to the State Board of Education and by proxy to the NC High School Athletic Association in the high school years.
Community College Scholarships
NCHE supports the effort to pass House Bill 129, High Achieving Tuition Scholarships. These scholarships will be given to high achieving graduating students, including homeschool graduates, who attend community college.
|21 Nov 2014||
NCHE received the following information in an email from Senator Chad Barefoot.
“Every legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly opens its doors to high school students from across the state to participate in the House and Senate Page Programs. It is a great learning opportunity. Students will witness firsthand how an idea becomes a law through the legislative process. They also get a chance to form lifelong friendships with pages from other parts of the state. Each page is appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate upon the recommendation of a Senator and serves for one week when the General Assembly is in session.Pages have the opportunity to perform many duties that a typical staff member would perform for a legislator such as assisting with committee meetings, serving in the Senate Chamber during daily sessions and participating in activities arranged for the enhancement of their overall educational experience.
I highly recommend the program because I served as a page for the NC House of Representatives in 2001. It was a fantastic and unique experience that I will never forget.”
How to Apply
There are only a limited number of slots available each legislative session, so apply now! Email your senator and ask for an application. Your senator will then mail you an application. To learn who your senator is click this link and follow the instructions. http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx
For more information about the NC page programs click here.
3 Nov 2014
Law & Policy
Kevin McClain, President
In an address made on Oct 31, 2014, at Rhode Island College in Providence, President Obama advocated for increased enrollment in early child education programs. According to his remarks, which focused on issues regarding workforce gender equality, too many adults are compelled to leave the workforce and become “stay at home” parents because their children lack access to high quality preschool. The phenomena of two-income families and the “stay at home” parent, however, is far more complex and requires a much more broad discussion of education and labor policies. Policies which uncritically expand childcare and schooling expenditures fail citizens by not taking into account the real benefits of home-based, parent-directed care and implications for the labor market.
A full transcript of the President's remarks is available on the White House website:
Remarks by the President on Women and the Economy -- Providence, RI
As part of his remarks, President Obama called for an increase of enrollment of 6 million children in what he labeled “high quality preschool”, saying that preschool is “good for families” and “good for children.” According to the President's remarks, children enrolled in high-quality preschool “will do better.”
President Obama's remarks concerning the benefits of preschool followed a statement in which he empathized with families who feel it necessary for one member, most often a woman, to leave the labor force in order to “stay at home.” A decision to temporarily leave the labor force has a long-term impact on a person's earning potential:
Like the President, North Carolinians want “America to be stronger.” This requires engaging the wide range of evidence concerning early childhood education. Researchers have provided significant scientific evidence challenging claims that formal early childhood education provides any lasting cognitive, psychological, or social benefit. In contrast, research indicates that early exposure to more structured educational programs can have negative effect on later learning and relationships. In 1975, Dr Raymond S. Moore and Dorothy Moore published “Better Late Than Early” and cited over 3000 scientific publications which challenged the claims made by early childhood education advocates.
Dr. Moore resigned from a job in the Department of Education over what he deemed to be politically-motivated rather than scientifically-backed arguments for policies advocating for preschool expansion. The advocacy of the Moores, and others like them, launched the modern homeschool movement. For over thirty years North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) has advocated for education policies which acknowledge the benefits to society of home-based education and eschew an uncritical embrace of daycare and early schooling. Researchers today continue to provide evidence which challenges the educational theories which resulted in our modern institutions and policies of daycare and k-12 schooling. While statistics for the numbers of preschool age children in homeschools are lacking, it is estimated that over 100,000 children in North Carolina are educated at home and in 2013 more North Carolinians choose to homeschool their children rather than enroll them in private schools.
The modern homeschool movement developed as a direct result of educational policies which devalued the contributions families make to society and the value of home-based learning. North Carolinians for Home Education encourages policy-makers in North Carolina and beyond to examine the evidence supporting the rejection of early childhood programs and modern schooling and better understand the motivation behind many parents who “stay at home.”
North Carolinians for Home Education shares with the President and policy-makers concern regarding the value of women's labor in the market. Stated simply: equal work deserves equal compensation. However, we implore elected leaders and pundits to broaden civic discourse about the ramifications of labor, family and educational policies. Recognizing the value of providing a stable environment for the next generation of American citizens should be part of any discussion concerning education and labor. Research and experience provides ample evidence that a stable home environment facilitates strong interpersonal relationships yielding significant gains in emotional and cognitive growth and social development. As such, parents who “stay at home” and families that choose to embrace a single-income lifestyle contribute greatly to the prosperity of our society.
The American public needs leaders who can speak to a more robust concept of prosperity and statecraft that reflects the reality that adults are more than simply laborers, and children need far more than simply more schooling. Americans need more discussion of what it means and what it takes to develop healthy future generations.