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: 60,000+ Homeschools, 150,000+ Students

In January 1988, there were 381 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 six-fold increase in numbers to 2,325 homeschools. Since then, the number of homeschools in North Carolina has grown at an annual compound growth rate of more that 16%. In the 2013-2014 school year, the number of homeschools grew by 7,603 to 60,950.

The state estimates that there are about 1.6 students per homeschool for a total of 98,172 students ages 6 through 17. An informal survey of homeschools in Mecklenburg County several years ago concluded there were three students per homeschool. If, we use a conservative estimate of 2.5 students per homeschool, there are more than 150,000 being educated at home. Putting this into perspective, the largest school district in the state, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has a total student enrollment of 142,612, and the total private school enrollment in NC was 95,768 students last year. Here is a link to the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education homeschool data for the the 2013-2014 school year,