Homeschooling in the United States: 2003

NCES 2006-042
February 2006

Table 4. Number and percentage of homeschooled students whose parents reported particular reasons for homeschooling as being applicable to their situation and as being their most important reason for homeschooling: 2003
Reasons for homeschooling Applicable1 Most important
Number Percent Number Percent
Concern about environment of other schools2 935,000 85.4 341,000 31.2
Dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools 748,000 68.2 180,000 16.5
To provide religious or moral instruction 793,000 72.3 327,000 29.8
Child has a physical or mental health problem 174,000 15.9 71,000 6.5
Child has other special needs 316,000 28.9 79,000 7.2
Other reasons3 221,000 20.1 97,000 8.8
1Percentages do not sum to 100 percent because respondents could choose more than one reason.
2These include safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure.
3Parents homeschool their children for many reasons that are often unique to their family situation. “Other reasons” parents gave for home schooling include: It was the child’s choice; to allow parents more control over what child was learning; and flexibility.
NOTE: Excludes students who were enrolled in school for more than 25 hours a week and students who were homeschooled only because of a temporary illness.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES).