It's back-to-school season, and the second busiest shopping event of the year is in full swing. For many, the term back-to-school conjures up images of shiny yellow school buses, new backpacks filled will fresh supplies, rows and rows of lockers ready to be organized and personalized, and homerooms filled with desks awaiting a new crop of students ready to begin a new school year.
But for many high school students and their parents, back-to-school doesn't mean back to a traditional classroom setting. It means the convenience and flexibility of learning from their own homes, on their own schedules-many using accredited online high school diploma programs creating a virtual classroom environment.
Already one of the fastest growing forms of education, home schooling accounts for twice as many students in the U.S. today as a decade ago.Â¹ Whether it's due to religious reasons, bullying, travel, or even illness, more than 1.5 million families nationwide are choosing homeschooling over traditional education methods, according to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.
And Penn Foster data definitely supports this growing trend. Today, approximately 13,000 of our 45,000+ high school students are traditional age (13-17) learning online from home, up 7% from last year.
The following Homeschool Advantage infographic outlines the academic performance of homeschool students and the benefits of a blended learning environment for homeschoolers