Learning outside the lines: Home schooling in Kansas

Home school by the numbers

The National Center for Education Statistics in 2003 updated its demographic data about home-schoolers, providing a snapshot for who chooses home education in the United States.

Number of home-schoolers

Year Number of students Home schooled Percent
1999 50,188,000 85,0000
 
1.7%
2003 50,707,000 1,096,000
 
2.2%
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Demographics of home school families (2003)

Grade equivalent Number Percent
Kindergarten 98,000
 
9%
Grades 1-3 21,4000
 
19.7%
Grades 4-5 160,000
 
14.7%
Grades 6-8 302,000
 
27.7%
Grades 9-12 315,000
 
28.9%
Race/ethnicity Number Percent
White 843,000
 
76.9%
Black 103,000
 
9.4%
Hispanic 59,000
 
5.4%
Other 91,000
 
8.3%
Children in household Number Percent
One child 110,000
 
10.0%
Two children 306,000
 
27.9%
Three or more children 679,000
 
62%
Parents in household Number Percent
Two parents 886,000
 
81.1%
One parent 196,000
 
17.9%
Nonparental guardians 14,000
 
1.3%
Parents' participation in labor force Number Percent
Two parents, both in labor force 274,000
 
25%
Two parents, one in labor force 594,000
 
54.2%
One parent in labor force 174,000
 
15.9%
No parent in labor force 54,000
 
4.9%
Household income Number Percent
$25,000 or less 283,000
 
25.8%
$25,001-$50,000 311,000
 
28.4%
$50,001-$75,000 264,000
 
24.1%
$75,001 or more 238,000
 
21.7%
Parents' highest educational attainment Number Percent
High school diploma or less 269,000
 
24.5%
Vo-tech degree or some college 338,000
 
30.8%
Bachelor’s degree 274,000
 
25%
Graduate/professional school 215,000
 
19.6%
Urbanicity Number Percent
Urban 794,000
 
72.4%
Rural 302,000
 
27.5%
Region Number Percent
Northeast 168,000
 
15.3%
South 445,000
 
40.6%
Midwest 238,000
 
21.7%
West 245,000
 
22.4%
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Average ACT Statistics

Incoming home school freshmen at Kansas University have scored above average on their ACT scores when compared with the general population.

Year Overall scores Home school scores Average KU scores* Average KU home school scores
2003 20.8 22.5 24.1 27.3
2004 20.9 22.6 24.3 26.4
2005 20.9 22.5 24.4 27.6
Source: Kansas University, College Board * Incoming freshmen

Number of home school students at KU

The number of home school students at Kansas University has increased in the past few years, though the numbers still make up a small portion of the overall student body.

Year Undergraduate in-state Undergraduate out-of-state Total home schooled Percent of total student body*
Fall 2003 35 7 42 .16%
Fall 2004 48 13 61 .22%
Fall 2005 47 21 68 .25%
Fall 2006 62 21 83 .31%
Source: Kansas University * Lawrence and Edwards campuses