Nationwide there are over 2 million children being homeschooled. What used to be abnormal and strange to society has now become one of the most popular forms of education. Just in my state alone, NC, there are more than 83,000 homeschoolers. When you consider our state only has about 10,000,000 people in it, that's a huge amount of children being homeschooled! What used to be a private school preferred state has now became a homeschool preferred state.
Not only is homeschooling becoming more popular, homeschoolers are also scoring higher on standardized tests. According to a 2009 study from the Home School Legal Defense Association of almost 12,000 homeschooled students, homeschoolers scored 37 percentage points higher on standardized tests than their public school counterparts.
Combine rising popularity with high academic scores and it's no surprise that well respected, well known colleges and universities are starting to see homeschoolers in a new light. According to Stanford admissions, “Homeschooled students comprise a small yet growing percentage of our applicant pool.” Princeton “welcomes” homeschooled applicants, noting that one homeschooler went on to graduate as the university’s Class of 2002 valedictorian. And at Duke, admissions materials state: “For the past several years, homeschooled students have been admitted to Duke at a rate equal to or higher than that for the entire applicant pool.”