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N.C. reports record number of home schools

Posted August 1, 2007
Updated July 6, 2008

More students are opting to attend home schools, according to a state report released Wednesday.

Statewide, a total of 36,068 home schools operated in 2006-07 - an increase of about 7.1 percent over the previous year and the highest number on record - according to the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education.

Home schools are located in all 100 counties in the state, and 67.3 percent of the home schools classify themselves as religious schools, according to the report.

The counties with the highest number of home schools included Wake (3,250), Mecklenburg (2,776) and Buncombe (1,506). Counties with the least number of home schools were Hyde (31), Alleghany (29) and Tyrrell (18).

For more detailed statistical information, visit the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education Web site at www.ncdnpe.org and click on Home School Statistics. Home school statistics are available back to the 1985-86 school year and trace the rate of new school growth as well as the operational longevity of home schools.

North Carolina officially legalized the concept of home instruction, in modern times, starting with the 1985-86 school year. Home school enrollment now constitutes about 4 percent of the state's compulsory attendance age students (ages 7 through 16).

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  • atozca Aug 3, 3:45 p.m.

    "I suspect we may find that home schooling kids is potentially resulting in better educated parents as a by product. Whoda thought?" elcid

    Exactly! I have a BA in Language, Writing and Editing with a minor in Marketing from NCSU and I joke that I have learned more in the last 8 years of homeschooling than I ever learned in earning my degrees!

    Another advantage to homeschooling is that as the parent, I know exactly what my children are learning in school, therefore it is easier to apply their academics to practical life. For example, when my son was learning measurements we did a lot of baking. He quickly understood the concept of cups to quarts and also learned division.

    This biggest advantage is that I get to raise my own children and teach them how to live life as a wife, mom, neighbor, citizen, etc.

    My daughter is starting college this fall and is already working in her career.

    The Lord has truly blessed my family, we live life to the abundance!

  • wcnc Aug 3, 3:13 p.m.

    continued..........Children who are able to converse with both adults and children, who care for those around them, who are learning to cook, clean, run errands, pay bills,etc (become a competent adult!!)..... I'll take that reality over PS reality ANY DAY!!!

  • wcnc Aug 3, 3:12 p.m.

    "Public education has long been a tradition and accepted form of education in NC."

    So by all means let me send my child to PS so another "worker bee" can be churned out....No thanks, I'd rather my HS children be thinkers instead of what the PS tend to graduate!!

    "And remember, no matter how good of a teacher you think you are, unless you have the credentials of a NC Certified Teacher, YOU CANNNOT COMPETE WITH PUBLIC EDUCATION. YOU WILL DO YOUR CHILD A DISSERVICE IF YOU REMOVE HIM/HER FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS. PUBLIC EDUCATION RULES!!!! Let your children experience reality instead of hiding them from the real world"

    Most times HS "compete" with PSers, HSers win!! Test scores, community service, etc. HSers lead it all!!
    If by "experience reality" you mean bullies, gangs, drugs, teen pregnancy, sex of every kind, violence, "alternative lifestyle" teachings, etc, NO THANKS!! My Homeschoolers reality is Bible teaching, math, spanish, history, science, LA, PE, Community Service....

  • alexh85 Aug 3, 2:35 p.m.

    I think it is absolutely true that homeschool parents learn right along with their kids!! I get truly excited by history, especially, which I thought very dry and boring when I was in school. Sometimes I do learn material just ahead of my children. Sometimes I get to share my own personal passion for art and my strength in English with them. And by the time a homeschooler reaches high school, the parent is often in the role of facilitator and the book/videos/internet/library becomes the "teacher". This is not a bad thing. If more expertise is needed to help in a given area, we seek it out.

  • elcid89 Aug 3, 10:25 a.m.

    Thanks, Bozo. I have learned quite a bit through this discussion. One question: did you find as you pursued this journey (I'd guess that has to be the best word for it) that you were learning the material slightly ahead of teaching it to the kids, or was most of it knowledge that you'd more or less retained from the past?

    Honestly, no negative connotations intended. I admit to being fascinated by this from a social research standpoint. I suspect we may find that home schooling kids is potentially resulting in better educated parents as a by product. Whoda thought?

  • Bozo652002 Aug 3, 10:17 a.m.

    El Cid, I apologize I didn't respond sooner. To answer your question, both my wife and I have some college, but neither of us has a degree (I had a second degree burn once, but that's irrelevant). We used a reputable curriculum, used an outside record keeping group that does grant dipomas, and took annual standardized testing. Nothing out of the ordinary, but our kids always scored in the top twenty percent of national scores. Both my wife and I were public school victims, um, er, graduates, and did not want the same experience for our children.

  • elcid89 Aug 3, 9:44 a.m.

    Alex - my sole concern in response would be to caution parents against jumping for offers from schools that are very accommodating to home schoolers solely because it's easier to get into them.

    As stated previously, we do regret the extra burdens that get placed on our HS applicants related to establishing credentials. That said, from what I have been able to read, it seems that there is good guidance available to HS families regarding how to begin accomplishing these extra steps prior to graduation so that when the time comes, much of the work is already done. That seems to be to be a prudent course of action.

    I would suggest that parents who are home schooling follow those preparation guidelines and then pursue the absolute best college that they realistically feel their children have a chance of being admitted to. Easier isn't necessarily better, and it will be worth it in terms of the child's future to seek out the best opportunities available to them.

  • alexh85 Aug 3, 9:27 a.m.

    ~to continue my previous post, I just want to encourage those homeschooling families with younger kids that you are not denying your children access to higher learning if they desire that route. Some colleges require more "Hoops" than others ~ some are in fact VERY welcoming. Those that aren't... well IMHO they are the ones missing out. Homeschooling IS a lifestyle, not just a location. Most homeschoolers are extremely dedicated and make great sacrifices for their children. Academics is not our only focus ~ character, service, family, physical and emotional health, spiritual growth ~ all can receive emphasis in a homeschool environment. We have the FREEDOM to design an educational program that fits our children and allows time for other goals as well. Sure, there are bad apples ~ just as there are in the PS population. But the majority are doing a great job. The evidence is there for those who take the time to look for it.

  • alexh85 Aug 3, 9:12 a.m.

    I have read this conversation with interest, as I have been homeschooling for 13 years now and have graduated 2 of my 5 children. They are attending NC State and Appalachian State; they were also accepted by UNC-CH, Wake Forest U, and Meredith College. As part of a large homeschool association in Wake Co., I know dozens of young people who have been homeschooled for all or part of their education. While there are always exceptions in every group, these kids are by and large bright, articulate, friendly, and just super people! They participate in sports, in Scouts, in the arts, in community events, in church activities, and yes, are generally close to their families! I personally know homeschoolers who attend not only NCSU and ASU, but UNC-CH, UNC-W, UNC-G, ECU,Meredith, Campbell U, Texas Tech, Liberty U, Barton, High Point U, Tenn. Temple, West Point Mil. Ac.; I also know grads who have started their own business, gone to community college, gotten married, or serve in the military

  • -info- Aug 3, 12:23 a.m.

    Interesting little article on admissions of home schooled childern at Duke University..http://www.dukemagazine.duke.edu/alumni/dm21/home.html
    seems admissions like them anti-social childern who dared to travel a road less traveled...hmmmmm

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