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 five-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. By November 15, 2014 the number of home schools had grown to 64,234.

The state estimates that there are about 1.6 students per homeschool for a total of 102,774 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 160,000 being educated at home. Putting this into perspective, the largest school district in the state, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has a total student enrollment of 145,363 in the 2014-2015 school year, and the total private school enrollment in NC was 95,768 students in the 2013-1014 school year. Here is a link to the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education homeschool data for the the 2013-2014 school year,

 

Number of North Carolina Homeschools by County
Alamance   941            Cumberland  2,046            Johnston   1,515   Randolph   1,270
Alexander   338   Currituck   215   Jones   96   Richmond   189
Alleghany   61   Dare   247   Lee   328   Robeson   691
Anson   129   Davidson   1,336   Lenoir   240   Rockingham   676
Ashe   282   Davie   339   Lincoln   568   Rowan   1,185
Avery   154   Duplin   219   Macon   392   Rutherford   503
Beaufort   286   Durham   1,058   Madison   319   Sampson   272
Bertie   83   Edgecombe   226   Martin   127   Scotland   123
Bladen   199   Forsyth   2,066   McDowell   461   Stanly   492
Brunswick   772   Franklin   678   Mecklenburg   4,923   Stokes   461
Buncombe   2,428   Gaston   1,388   Mitchell   134   Surry   640
Burke   642   Gates   95   Montgomery  186   Swain   123
Cabarrus   1,570   Graham   126   Moore   642   Transylvania   388
Caldwell   584   Granville   451   Nash   638   Tyrell   27
Camden   73   Greene  82   New Hanover   1,113   Union   2,316
Carteret   563   Guilford  2,462   Northampton   88   Vance   307
Caswell   191   Halifax   250   Onslow   1,189   Wake   6,159
Catawba   983   Harnett   1,162   Orange   586   Warren   109
Chatham   433   Haywood   591   Pamlico   83   Washington   89
Cherokee   270   Henderson   140   Pasquotank   362   Watauga   344
Chowan   87   Hertford   72   Pender   460   Wayne   344
Clay  73   Hoke   426   Perquimans   86   Wilkes   697
Cleveland   749   Hyde   45   Person   310   Wilson   435
Columbus   327   Iredell   1,323   Pitt   801   Yadkin   276
Craven   684   Jackson   252   Polk   215   Yancey  59
                     
Grand total 64,234 Homeschools