|Crazy Comment Time!|
I'm thinking about 15% of all families try it at some point around here. Yes, somewhere between a tenth and a fifth. The school district stats of an 88% "capture rate" for the public schools bears this out. That means 12% of all potential public schoolers in our district are NOT enrolled at any one given time. The nearby private Catholic school simply cannot account for even 1% of this number, as it enrolls children from a large area and only goes to the eighth grade.
That means about 10% of us are homeschoolers, but people are not required to register here, so of course that's quite a rough guess. I say 15% of children homeschool "at some point" because often what happens is, families will homeschool until their child is a certain age and then enroll him. That's what we did with Elf. He went to school for the very last couple of weeks in fifth grade and has been in school since. High schoolers who homeschool are certainly around, but many families don't pursue this option.
Now I know there are a few weird places out there like Antarctica and Massachusetts, but really. Most of us in the real world know plenty of homeschoolers. "Dragonslav" commented that she has never met a homeschooler, and where can she find one? And yet. She seemed to be a reasonably intelligent and sincere (read: not troll) person.
You've got to love the comments back that imply that oh, they are all off in college at the age of 14. Or oh, they are actually at home studying. Or... you've met lots of them and just don't know it because they covered their third eyeball (ok I made that one up).
So where would YOU go if you wanted to find a homeschooler?