N.C. home schools on rise

Posted August 4, 2009

— The number of home schools operating in North Carolina increased by 7 percent last year, according to a new report from the state Division of Non-Public Education.

Statewide, a record 41,042 home schools operated in 2008-09, up from 38,367 in the 2007-08 school year. About two-thirds of the home schools classified themselves as religious schools.

Wake County has the largest number of home schools in the state, with 3,771, followed by Mecklenburg County at 2,956 and Buncombe County at 1,637. Cumberland County has 1,217 home schools, Johnston County has 910, Durham County has 673 and Orange County has 379.

Enrollment in home schools statewide was 77,065 in 2008-09, up from 71,566 the previous year.


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  • ranquick Aug 5, 2009

    With the people in Raleigh doing everything they can do to harm NC, it probably is best thing to do Home School your children becasue it is beginning to cost so much to send them to public school. What has happen to Education, when I went to 1-12 cost my parents nothing compared to what it does today, WE BEEN ROBBED by Raleigh

  • sahmbonnie Aug 5, 2009

    By the way, anneonymousone, you misspelled the word "misspelling."

  • lilybell Aug 5, 2009

    Home schooling is un-American.

  • anneonymousone Aug 5, 2009

    I hope that whether the children are in public, private, or home schools, they learn to use the language better than the commenters here; the one comment of eight that does NOT include mispellings and/or apostrophe misuse or neglect is remarkably vague.

    Another teacher who is glad to know that, unlike many other countries, the U.S. offers public education to *all* children

  • mrschizzy Aug 4, 2009

    "Furthermore, the social development that occurs from interacting with teachers and other students while in school is important."

    This is a misconception about home schooling. The vast majority of home schooled kids are in other activities through church or other community home school groups that give children and parents alike to interact with others in their community. Parents need to get their kids involved in extracurricular activities regardless of whether they are home schooled or not.

    Statistics have shown that home schoolers generally out perform publicly educated kids by a large margin. My niece is 22 years old, in college, and ranked in the 98th percentile when tested and compared to other high school graduates in her state. She was home schooled for all but 2 years during 4th and 5th grade. Her story is generally the rule, rather than the exception. Not every one can afford private school.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 4, 2009

    I congratulate all these parents. I guess it is time for me to write more letters about the State giving the money to these parents that they would have given to the schools.

  • rjacobsen Aug 4, 2009

    Hooray for parents. The average parent instinctively knows whats best for their child and how much they can handle in terms of homeschooling. Just like immigrants coming to the US, people vote with their feet, their time and their money (among other things). If the public school system is not getting the job done (despite their best of intentions), then let parents vote. I am thankful that North Carolina provides a generally homeschool friendly environment for parent-teachers. While we live in one of the best school districts/neighborhoods in Cary (and pay plenty for it), we've never used the public option and have either home educated or used local private schools. My wife and I having homeschooled for over 15 years, we encourage all families to make their home the central place to create a love for knowledge and wisdom.

  • Yelena Aug 4, 2009

    I am for the magnet program, and believe that my daughter gets a better education than she would at our base school. However, I am disturbed that she is going into the 2nd grade with very little in the way of science or history being taught as of yet. We are in a mixed grade classroom, so I know that it will not be happening this year as well.

    So, we supplement at home. My daughter reads a biography each week and we discuss each chapter. She has to write one page at the end telling me what shes learned. My husband does science projects with her each week, and reads to her each night from a science book aimed at children.

    Every student should be taught at home, regardless of if they spend their whole days there, or attend a public or private school.

  • jprime Aug 4, 2009

    "We teach to pass the EOG's instead of the curriculum"

    You can thank Bush and his No Child Left Behind nonsense for that one. Schools get LESS funding when EOG scores drop... shouldnt that be the other way around?

    As far as home schooling, I am sure it can be successful, but I imagine in many cases that the education received is not as diverse as a organized school. Furthermore, the social development that occurs from interacting with teachers and other students while in school is important.

    If you have a big issue with public schools, find a private one.

  • batcave Aug 4, 2009

    color me surprised--- not realy