Homeschooling as at 1 July 2010
This index page provides links to data on homeschooling.
Statistics on homeschooling
At 1 July 2010 there were 6,782 home schooled students recorded on the Ministry of Education’s homeschooling database, which represents less than one per cent of total school enrolments at 1 July 2010. These students belonged to 3,609 families.
- In 1998 there was a total of 5,274 homeschoolers; in 2010 there were 6,782 - an increase of 28.6 per cent.
- Between 1 July 2009 and 1 July 2010 the number of homeschoolers decreased by five students - a decrease of less than one per cent.
Figure 1: Number of Homeschooling students 1998-2010
Number of students commencing homeschooling
Between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010, 1,249 students commenced homeschooling – a decrease of 8.8 per cent compared with the number starting during the previous year.
Of those starting in the 12 months ending 30 June 2010:
- 41.5 % were aged six years old
- 82.4 % were aged within the primary school age range (5-12 years)
Figure 2: Number of Homeschoolers commencing between July 2009 and July 2010
Number of students finishing homeschooling
Between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010, 1,254 students finished homeschooling. Of these:
- 184 students (14.8 %) finished their homeschooling within a year of starting
- 710 students (56.6 %) finished within four years
- 544 students (43.4 %) had been homeschooled for 5 or more years.
Figure 3: Duration of Homeschoolers finishing between July 2009 and July 2010
Age Distribution of Homeschoolers
Of those being homeschooled, 63.0 per cent were in the primary school age range (5-12 years).
Homeschoolers by Region
- West Coast, Northland and Nelson regions had the highest proportions of homeschoolers compared to the total school populations in those regions.
- Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Otago had the lowest proportions of homeschoolers in relation to their total school populations
- The majority of homeschoolers (73.9 per cent) reside in the North Island with 24.7 per cent in Auckland.
Figure 4: Percentage of Homeschoolers by Region at 1 July 2010
Ethnicity of Homeschoolers
Almost all (98.2 per cent) of homeschoolers reported their ethnicity. Of these:
- 81.3 per cent identified as NZ European/Pākehā
- 10.8 per cent identified as Māori
- A lower proportion of homeschoolers identified as being Māori, Asian or Pacific Islands compared to students attending regular schools.
Figure 5: Comparison of School Students and Homeschoolers by Ethnic Group at 1 July 2010
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