The NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) just announced that there were 67,804 NC homeschools at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. This is an 11% growth over last year. DNPE estimates that there are about 1.6 students per homeschool for a total of 106,853 students ages 6 through 17. NCHE believes that a more realistic estimate is that there are 2.5 students per homeschool for a total student population of almost 170,000. Also, since most homeschools with students only below the age of 7 do not officially open a school (because the law does not require it), there are actually more homeschools than this number represents.
Rowan County has 1,242 registered homehoolers!