Homeschool has never been more popular: The dismal ranking of U.S. students compared to students in other developed countries around the world had concerned parents nationwide. There are so many reasons to want to homeschool, and a million other reasons to justify not bothering with it.
“Homeschooling is such a hassle; you have to come up with whole curriculum all by yourself.”
“Kids who are homeschooled are socially awkward and unprepared for the Real World.”
“Homeschooling doesn’t allow for the same quality of education as public or private schools.”
- The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests. (The public school average is the 50th percentile; scores range from 1 to 99.) A 2015 study found Black homeschool students to be scoring 23 to 42 percentile points above Black public school students (Ray, 2015).
- Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income.
- Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children’s academic achievement.
- Degree of state control and regulation of homeschooling is not related to academic achievement.
- Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.
- Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges.
Don’t let misconceptions scare you out of doing what’s right for you and your child’s future. There is no reason for anyone to believe that a person who is homeschooled grows up with “less of a chance” in the real world.
Curriculum is important, but the level of customer service that company provides is the most important element to consider when choosing which curriculum is right for your family’s alternative education needs.
High school tends to be tricky; parents are much less confident teaching concepts that they haven’t visited themselves in several years, but companies like The Home Scholar make that a much less formidable obstacle.