by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Estimating the number of home-school students is more art than science. While North Carolina’s Division of Non-Public Education takes a systematic approach to counting the number of home schools and students in the state, few other states do.
Every year, the A to Z Home’s Cool website publishes state-by-state estimates of home-school students. Their estimates for the current 2017-18 school year place North Carolina in the top three states for total home-school population.
North Carolina: 131,295
New York: 91,499
The Division of Non-Public Education will publish the official estimate for the 2017-18 school year in the summer.