N.C. home schools on rise

Posted August 4, 2009 10:16 a.m. EDT

— 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.