This index page provides links to data on homeschooling.
As at 1 July 2019, there were 6,573 home schooled students. These students belong to 3,597 families and represent 0.8% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2019. Out of the 6,573 homeschoolers 66.2% were aged 12 or under, 69.1% had been home-schooled for less than 5 years, and only 3.5% had been home-schooled for 10 years or more.
European/Pākehā students are more likely to be homeschooled than any other ethnic group with 77.9% of all homeschoolers identifying as European/Pākehā compared to 48.1% of the total school population. Only 10.6% of homeschoolers identify as Māori compared to 24.2% of the total school population, 2.9% of homeschoolers identify as Pacific compared to 9.7% of the total school population, and 2.2% of homeschoolers identify as Asian compared to 13.3% of the total school population. The ethnicity of 1.5% of homeschoolers is unknown.
Time Series Data
The box below provides a number of downloads relating to the number of students in homeschooling.
Between 1 July 2018 and 1 July 2019 there was an overall net increase of 275 students; 1,347 students entered into homeschooling and 1,072 students finished homeschooling.
The average age of the 1,347 students entering into homeschooling was 9 years old, 82.6% were aged 12 or under and 1.1% were age 16 or above. Of the students entering homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2019, 71.8% identified as European/Pākehā, 15.1% identified as Māori, 3.3% identified as Pacific, 2.6% identified as Asian, and for 0.4% of homeschoolers ethnicity is unknown.
The average age of the 1,072 students finishing homeschooling was 13 years old, 44.8% were aged 12 or under, and 23.5% were 16-years old or above. Of the students finishing homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2019, 28% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 37.9% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years, and 12.2% had been in homeschooling for 10 years or more. The average time spent in homeschooling of leaving students was 3.9 years.
The box below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to homeschooling turnover.