The following article was posted in The Locker Room, the John Locke Foundation's statewide issues blog. The statistics are even more amazing when you take into account that the numbers are an estimate based on 1.5 children per family ( not true of the majority of homeschoolers I know) and also does not include children under age 7, since that is the age of compulsory education in NC.
The jaw-dropping growth of homeschooling in N.C.
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm, by Terry Stoops
Earlier this month, I reported that the estimated number of homeschoolers hit an all-time high of 98,172 students during the 2013-14 school year.
The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education published the disaggregated data this week, so I examined estimated homeschool enrollment, by county, over the last five years. We know that the total number of homeschool students more than doubled between the 2008-09 and 2013-14 school years. But consider the following:
1. Overall, 92 of North Carolina’s 100 counties had triple digit percentage growth in enrollment over the last five years. Wowza!
2. Last year, 28 of the state’s 100 counties had over 1,000 homeschool students. Five years ago, only seven counties reached that enrollment level.
3. The median number of homeschool students per county was 570 last year. Five years ago, it was 249.
4. Homeschool enrollment in two counties – Harnett and Onslow – grew by over 200 percent. Moore County’s 193 percent growth rate fell a little short. Better luck next time.
5. Last year, there were an estimated 9,559 homeschool students in Wake County. Wake had the largest five-year enrollment increase in North Carolina, adding 5,788 students, and is poised to become the first county in the state to enroll over 10,000 homeschoolers. Interestingly, Wake’s homeschool enrollment beat Mecklenburg County by well over 2,000 students.