Homeschooling

This index page provides links to data on homeschooling.

Summary

As at 1 July 2017, there were 6,008 home schooled students recorded in the Ministry of Education's Homeschooling database. These students belong to 3,022 families and represent 0.8% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2017. Out of the 6,008 homeschoolers 67.3% were the aged 12 or under, 68.3% had been home-schooled for less than 5 years, and only 4.2% had been home-schooled for 10 years or more.

European/Pākehā students are more likely to be homeschooled than any other ethnic group with 80.2% of all homeschoolers identifying as European/Pākehā compared to 50.1% of the total school population. Only 8.7% of homeschoolers identify as Māori compared to 24.0% of the total school population, 2.6% of homeschoolers identify as Pasifika compared to 9.8% of the total school population, and 2.2% of homeschoolers identify as Asian compared to 11.8% of the total school population. The ethnicity of 2.0% of homeschoolers is unknown.

The chart below provides a number of downloads relating to the number of students in Homeschooling.

Homeschooling Students Time Series Downloads: File Type & Size

Homeschooling Turnover

Between 1 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 there was an overall net increase of 171 students; 1,222 students entered into homeschooling and 1,051 students finished homeschooling.

The average age of the 1,222 students entering into homeschooling was 9 years old, 84.9% were aged 12 or under and 1.1% were age 16 or above. Of the students entering homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2017, 75.8% identified as European/Pākehā, 12.6% identified as Māori, 4.3% identified as Pasifika, 2.3% identified as Asian, and 0.4% of homeschoolers ethnicity were unknown.

The average age of the 1,051 students finishing homeschooling was 13 years old, 43.6% were aged 12 or under, and 24.8% were 16-years old or above. Of the students finishing homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2017, 23.3% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 42.0% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years, and 12.0% had been in homeschooling for 10 years or more. The average time spent in homeschooling of leaving students was 4.2 years.

The chart below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to student numbers.

Homeschooling One-on-One Table Downloads: File Type & Size

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