Homeschooling has become increasingly popular among families in the U.S. People of all backgrounds are choosing to educate their children independently, and in growing numbers. According to the Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE), 3.4% of the school-age population in the U.S. was homeschooled in 2011, up from 2.9% in 2007.
Technology is a significant factor in this expansion, and online homeschooling has taken the at-home learning experience to a new level. Families can now find fully-developed homeschool curriculum on the internet, plus a wide range of learning apps and self-paced learning tools to help their children. Technology also helps build a community for homeschooling families by promoting connections with homeschool groups and providing support for students and parents alike.
The decision to homeschool a child is complex, and the reasons for home education are as varied as the people who choose it. Once considered the province of religious, rural, and white families, homeschooling is now more diverse. Although white students are more likely to be homeschooled than nonwhite students, 72% of homeschooled students live in urban areas, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). When asked in a national survey why they choose to homeschool their children, parents cited several different reasons that range well beyond the traditional perceptions of homeschooling families.
What States do we service?
Our on line Institute accepts students nation and world wide. Some of the states that our students typically come from are:
The time it takes to “deschool” depends on how long students spent in a traditional school, and how they left it. Students may miss the familiar markers and guidelines of a traditional school and have a hard time figuring out what to study and how to organize their time. During this transitional period, it can be helpful to delay implementing a formal homeschool curriculum. Take advantage of informal learning opportunities instead, such as museums, nature centers, historical sites, and libraries.