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What Happens to Home-schooled Kids After They Graduate

By: Krystle Crossman

Where do home-school children go after they graduate? Do they go on to college? Do they get stuck in menial jobs because home-schooling was not helpful for them as some suggest? Since home-schooling is becoming more popular at this point in time we may not know the answers for a while but there are some statistics from a small survey that took place. A group of 352 people who were home-schooled and received their PA Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA) diplomas between 1991 and 1998 returned their surveys and here is some of the data that was collected.

Out of the 352 home-schoolers that had answered the survey 59% stated that they went to college or a trade school within a year of graduation. Another 16% went to college within four years from graduating. The final 25% did not go to college after four years. Of the students that did attend school after getting their diploma 90% went to a college and 10% started at a trade school.

Another survey was conducted with the parents of home-school kids that graduated from 1991 to 1994. At the time that the study was done there were 37 respondents. Of those 37 students 9 were still in an undergrad program. Four of the students were in graduate school studying engineering, medicine, macrobiology and elementary education. 17 of the students were working for others in positions such as research analyst, staff assistant for the Senator, mechanics, ordering clerk, elementary teacher, soldier in the Air Force, lightroom controller, and a cosmetologist. 3 of the students were self-employed. One has a worship band, another owns a house cleaning service that is so busy that she has to turn away clients, and another went into a partnership with his father in the family construction company. The last 4 were all women, one is a homemaker, two just graduated from college, and the last is a missionary.

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