Homeschoolers… Prepared For College?

Are homeschoolers prepared for college? If you are considering homeschool as an option for your child’s educating, you likely have some reservations. Perhaps the most nagging concern is whether or not your child would be college ready. Based on a 2010 study by National Home Education Research Institute, students that received a home education will go on to college and outperform their peers. “Students coming from a home school graduated at a higher rate than their peers 66.7 percent compared to 57.5 percent. Those homeschooled also earned higher grade point averages along the way. This information was taken from a Huffington Post article in 2012.


Based a 2015 study by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), home school students typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students. The great news about this study, it suggests the parents level of education did not play a role in their children’s academic achievements.

Homeschoolers appear to be prepared academically, but are they prepared socially or emotionally? While there is an inevitable shock transitioning from Home Education to Public Education on a collegiate level, home schooled students appear to handle the emotional pressures much better than publicly educated students. Those who received a home education also seemed to be less politically volatile than those who received a public education.

Research suggests homeschoolers are much better in a number of ways to handle college than their counterparts. Given this information, it would seem reasonable to assume that parents have nothing to fear when it comes to homeschooling their children. The question of why would you send your child to public school needs to be answered. As parents of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls) I must admit, home education is not an easy task. There are days when getting full cooperation from our potential scholars is a very difficult task to achieve. Regardless of the difficulty, nothing is more important than ensuring my children have the best education possible.

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