3.24.2016

How much does homeschooling cost?

Money shirt/Rob Lee
According to recent research comparing homeschoolers' test results to those of public school students, homeschooling families spend dramatically less money per student than public schools with significantly better results.

Could public school do better with less?

Tax payers spend an average of $10,000 per public school student per year, yet public school students score on average 37 percentile points less than homeschoolers.

The homeschool children whose parents spent less than $600 a year scored on average in the 86th percentile. Those whose parents spent more than $600 scored on average in the 89th percentile.

Homeschool Insights
  • Communities offer many free sources of information and experience to children who have the time to use them (public library services, free learning plan standards checklists, online learning).
  • Children who learn skills according to their own schedules can swap resources with other children who later become interested in the same skill or topic.
  • Children can get together and share the same resource rather than buying individual sets of materials for each child.
  • Informal learning sources may cost significantly less than formal curriculum products and classes.
References:

Dr. Brian Ray. Progress Report 2009: Homeschool Academic Achievement and Demographics. National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), 2009

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