Decades ago, when I was homeschooled, there were few curriculum options available to homeschooled students, homeschooling wasn't clearly legal in most places, and homeschooled children had few options to socialize or experience group learning events common to schooled children. But that's no longer true.
Homeschooling has grown to the point that there are many resources for homeschooled children. Many publishers and programs actively pursue homeschoolers. Colleges make it easy for homeschoolers to apply with special forms and requirements designed just for them. Homeschool groups host a variety of clubs, classes, dances, field trips, science fairs, sporting events, talent shows, and more. A graduation ceremony with hundreds of homeschoolers from across Florida happens every May. Many homeschooled students graduate high school with college credit already earned. And more.
Homeschooling doesn't have to mean sitting at home for 6 or 7 hours a day, working alone at a desk, with little interaction with other children. Instead, many homeschooled children get together with others through support groups and co-ops for some or all of their learning. They visit museums or zoos or other educational institutions and might take classes or have guided tours. They may go to sports practice or scouting groups specifically for homeschoolers. They may take classes online with others around the state or even around the world.
Many children were forced to learn at home when public schools shut down due to the pandemic in the Spring of 2020. Many may equate that experience with homeschooling, but learning at home when a parent gets to choose the learning materials and methods, the assignments and schedules, etc. is very different from learning at home through a school's hastily-organized program. When parents are in charge, they can work with the child's learning style, skip lessons the child has mastered, go back and better prepare the child for lessons that were frustrating, get snacks and exercise when needed, use the child's interests to maximize learning, and more. The option of finding others to periodically learn with can enrich homeschooling greatly. The ability to help your child learn at his or her own pace makes true homeschooling so much better than anything most schools offer.
Cheryl Trzasko, Oct. 2022
How many homeschoolers are there in Florida?
Home education statistics collected by the Florida Dept. of Education for 2021-2022 show
152,109 homeschooled children and
104,961 homeschool families
in Florida at the beginning of the school year.
This is up from their statistics for the previous school year which showed 143,431 home education students total statewide. Use the button below to view details including breakdowns by counties (every Florida county is a Florida school district).
Note that these numbers do not include all the children learning at home. These numbers only include those home educating--i.e., who sent in a Letter of Intent.
Those who learn at home under the auspices of a private school (aka umbrella school) or a public school (such as FLVS Fulltime or Connections Academy or other publicly-funded public school program) are not included as legally their parents are not in control of their education.
How many homeschoolers are in the US?
Approximately 3.135 million children were homeschooled in the US in 2022 according to the National Home Education Research Institute. The link below gives data through 2022 regarding the number of homeschooled students, their average academic and social success, and more. .