There are only two keys to child's educational success: hardwork and parental involvement.
A study conducted in 2008 found that homeschooled students scored 37 percentile points above public school students on standardized achievement tests.
Public school performance gaps between minorities and genders were virtually non-existent among the homeschooled students
as per another study.
The National Home Education Research Institute conducted a survey of 7,300 U.S. adults who had been homeschooled (5,000 for more than seven years). Their findings show:
(1) Homeschool graduates are active and involved in their communities. 71% participate in an ongoing community service activity, like coaching a sports team, volunteering at a school, or working with a church or neighborhood association, compared with 37% of U.S. adults of similar ages from a traditional education background.
(2) Homeschool graduates are more involved in civic affairs and vote in much higher percentages than their peers. 76% of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 24 voted within the last five years, compared with only 29% of the corresponding U.S. populace. The numbers are even greater in older age groups, with voting levels not falling below 95%, compared with a high of 53% for the corresponding U.S. populace.
(3) 58.9% report that they are "very happy" with life, compared with 27.6% for the general U.S. population. 73.2% find life "exciting", compared with 47.3%.
Many teachers and school districts oppose the idea of homeschooling. However, research has shown that homeschooled children often excel in many areas of academic endeavor. According to a study done on the homeschool movement, homeschoolers often achieve academic success and admission into elite universities
. Please readHomeschoolers article in Stanford MagazineHomeschooled applicants checklist Caltech
There is also evidence that most are remarkably well socialized
. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, socialization is not a problem for homeschooling children, many of whom are involved in community sports, volunteer activities, book groups or homeschool co-ops.
Gallup polls of American voters have shown a significant change in attitude in the last 20 years, from 73% opposed to home education in 1985 to 54% opposed in 2001. In 1988, when asked whether parents should have a right to choose homeschooling, 53 percent thought that they should.
Homeschooled children receive more individualized attention than students enrolled in traditional public schools. A 2011 study suggests that a structured environment could play a key role in homeschooler academic achievement. This means that parents were highly involved in their child’s education and they were creating clear educational goals. For other details see Home Schooling Achievement
Ray (1997). Strengths of Their Own-Home Schoolers Across America: Academic Achievement, Family Characteristics and Longitudinal Traits.
Rudner (1999). The Scholastic Achievement and Demographic Characteristics of Home School Students in 1998.
Gallup and Stanley (1988). The 20th Annual Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, Phi Delta Kappan. 70 (1): 33–46.