The performance of homeschooled students is often higher than the national average. A study conducted by Thomas found that those who learn at home graduate from a university at a rate nearly 10% higher than their peers who finished regular public high school (57.5%). Furthermore, these students applied to college with an average of 26.5 compound ACTs, compared to regular school students who had a compound of 25. In addition, those who study at home continuously earned a higher GPA compared to other students. This is likely due to the fact that homeschooling allows for more personalized learning and the choice of electives, gifted programs, honors, and AP classes.
The safety of their children is also a concern for many parents, due to rising rates of bullying and violence in schools. Fortunately, homeschooling students show significant success rates in this area as well. The graduation rate is 10 percentage points higher for students who learn at home compared to the national average, with 67% compared to 57.5%. If your goal is to raise an adult who is connected and involved in the community, you'll be happy to learn that homeschooled graduates participate in local community service at a greater rate than the general population.
In fact, a new Harvard study found that students who study at home show higher levels of forgiveness along with a greater connection to religious institutions, leading to lower rates of depression and suicide. The National Homeschool Research Institute suggests that students who study at home become successful adults, indicating that they frequently participate in community and public service projects. All in all, homeschooling families are succeeding in graduating their children and seeing great success in their graduates' future participation in college, the community and the workforce.