NC Homeschooling Growth Continues

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. 

74,653 North Carolina Homeschools by County After 2015-2016 School Year

Alamance  

1,078

Cumberland 

1,888

Johnston  

1,769

Randolph  

1,454

Alexander  

384

Currituck  

245

Jones  

111

Richmond  

226

Alleghany  

71

Dare  

279

Lee  

387

Robeson  

797

Anson  

150

Davidson  

1,519

Lenoir  

279

Rockingham  

804

Ashe  

315

Davie  

403

Lincoln  

598

Rowan  

1,399

Avery  

169

Duplin  

243

Macon  

463

Rutherford  

566

Beaufort  

328

Durham  

1,226

Madison  

353

Sampson  

303

Bertie  

89

Edgecombe  

263

Martin  

141

Scotland  

140

Bladen  

248

Forsyth  

2,402

McDowell  

523

Stanly  

573

Brunswick  

904

Franklin  

765

Mecklenburg  

5,607

Stokes  

426

Buncombe  

2,730

Gaston  

1,579

Mitchell  

142

Surry  

743

Burke  

744

Gates  

103

Montgomery 

210

Swain  

136

Cabarrus  

1,838

Graham  

140

Moore  

773

Transylvania  

434

Caldwell  

657

Granville  

487

Nash  

714

Tyrell  

26

Camden  

82

Greene 

87

New Hanover  

1,269

Union  

2,609

Carteret  

753

Guilford 

2,764

Northampton  

98

Vance  

342

Caswell  

203

Halifax  

276

Onslow  

1,477

Wake  

6,982

Catawba  

1.142

Harnett  

1,411

Orange  

676

Warren  

94

Chatham  

482

Haywood  

649

Pamlico  

95

Washington  

100

Cherokee  

275

Henderson  

1,331

Pasquotank  

416

Watauga  

403

Chowan  

100

Hertford  

79

Pender  

526

Wayne  

721

Clay  

85

Hoke  

502

Perquimans  

96

Wilkes  

784

Cleveland  

852

Hyde  

52

Person  

346

Wilson  

476

Columbus  

354

Iredell  

1,520

Pitt  

917

Yadkin  

316

Craven  

790

Jackson  

295

Polk  

240

Yancey 

242