Homeschooling Growth in Texas

Homeschooling in Texas was solidified as a legal alternative to public school through the 1994 Texas Supreme Court decision Leeper vs Arlington ISD.

Pre-Covid, nearly 23,000 students in grades 7-12 were withdrawing from public schools to homeschool each year in TX. Since 1998, this number has averaged a 6.5% annual increase. All total, the TEA reports 379,000 students who withdrew from public school to homeschool between 1998-2019 from grades 7-12. A detailed analytics tool for this data is provided at THSC.org/map.

These numbers measure only students in grades 7-12 and do not include students who began homeschooling organically. 

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that Homeschooling in Texas nearly tripled between the spring of 2020 and the fall of 2020, rising from 4.5% to 12.3%. U.S. Census Bureau. This would translate into more than 750,000 homeschool students in Texas, more than all private school students and charter school students combined. By these numbers, homeschool families in Texas save the state more than 7 billion dollars per year.

Homeschool Growth Nationwide

Homeschooling was growing between 2-8% per year before the coronavirus pandemic and was the fastest-growing form of education in the U.S. (public school growth has been 1% over the last 10 years. Ed. Data.org. NHERI.

Before the pandemic, there were approximately 2.5 million homeschool students in the United States (NHERI) and they saved taxpayers approximately 27 billion per year. NHERI.

A recent national survey from Gallup found that the number of families reporting their child would be homeschooled doubled from 5% in 2019 to 10% in 2020. Gallup.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeschooling more than doubled nationwide from 5.4% in the spring of 2020 to 11.1% in October of 2020.  In Texas, it nearly tripled from 4.5% to 12.3%. U.S. Census B