Home School enrollment

Estimated home school enrollment in Wilkes County increased 8.3% from 2017-18 to 2018-19, after increasing only 1.8% from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education estimated 1,454 students were enrolled in home schools in 2018-19, and 1,342 the prior school year in Wilkes. It estimated 1,195 in 2015-16 and 1,318 in 2016-17, a 10.3% increase.

The division estimated that 1,342 students were enrolled in home schools in Wilkes in the 2017-18 school year, up 1.8 percent from 1,318 in 2016-17.

Wilkes had 113 home-schooled students in 1996-97 and 20 in 1988-89.

The division listed Wilkes with 974 home schools in 2018-19, 893 in 2017-18, 876 in 2016-17 and 784 in 2015-16.

Estimated home school enrollment increased in the following adjoining counties: Alexander, from 748 in 2017-18 to 793 in 2018-19; Ashe, from 543 to 585; Caldwell, from 1,198 to 1,252; Iredell, from 2,702 to 2,946; Surry, from 1,261 to 1,308; and Watauga, from 749 to 824.

It decreased in two counties - from 135 in 2017-18 to 108 in 2018-19 in Alleghany and from 582 to 522 in Yadkin.

The number of home schools in adjoining counties included Alexander, from 459 in 2017-18 to 474; Alleghany, 92 to 74; Ashe, 344 to 366; Caldwell, 792 to 849; Iredell, 1,744 to 1,920; Surry, 881 to 909; Watauga, 443 to 486; and Yadkin, 358 to 319.

Home school enrollment statewide increased by an estimated 4.63% from 2017-18 to 2018-19 after increasing by 6.1% from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

Statewide, 57.6% of the home schools were classified as religious and 42.4 percent as independent in 2018-19.

Statutes define a “home school” as a non-public school for children of no more than two families or households, where parents, legal guardians or members of either household determine the scope and sequence of academic instruction, provide academic instruction and determine additional sources of academic instruction.

Private schools

The division reported that private K-12 school enrollment in Wilkes rose from 202 in 2017-18 to 223 in 2018-19. It was 216 in 2016-17 and 226 in 2015-16. The largest private school enrollment on record in Wilkes was 250 students in 2014-15. Wilkes was listed with three private schools all four years.

Private school enrollment in Wilkes in prior years included 61 in 1986-87 and none in 1976-77.

In 2018-19, Wilkes had 22 first-graders and five 12th-graders in private schools.

Private school enrollment totals in adjoining counties in 2018-19 were Alexander, 134; Alleghany, 31; Ashe, 32; Caldwell, 134; Iredell, 1,184; Surry, 113; Watauga, 134; and Yadkin, 50. These totals were mostly unchanged from the prior year.

Statewide, private school enrollment increased by about half a percent from 2017-18 to 2018-19.

Among the 769 private schools statewide in 2018-19, 64.6 percent were considered religious and 35.4 percent were independent.

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Bobo Smithson

Yay for freedom! It is no wonder that parent-led home-based education (homeschooling) is growing amongst a diversity of people – dark- and light-skinned; rich and poor; urban and rural; high- and low-income; Hindu, Jew, agnostic, pagan, or Christian – all around the world. The home educated perform better (on average) academically, socially, and into adulthood than those who attend public/government schools (see research below). In the peer-reviewed Journal of School Choice review of only peer-reviewed research, Ray showed (2017) that 78% of the studies found that homeschooled students and graduates performed significantly better than their conventional or institutional school peers and institutional/conventional school students performed significantly better in only 4% of the studies.) Whether the propaganda in State-run schools is leftist, centrist, or rightist; heterosex-only or LGBTQIAXYZ; socialism, neo-Marxism, or hard-handed capitalism, freedom-loving parents do not want their children indoctrinated by the State. Whether it is about medical freedom (i.e., no coerced/forced injections into children’s bodies) or too many lice, it is freedom. However, the statists, control-lovers, elitists, and the NEA teachers' union will not rest, and are hard at work across the USA and in other nations to further control home-based education or co-opt it with tax-funded school-at-home programs. See research at www.nheri.org

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