While students who are homeschooled often benefit from a much smaller student-to-teacher ratio, there’s an opportunity for tutors to jump in where parents and caretakers may have fallen short.
In 2012, the number of homeschooled students in the United States was 1,773,000, or 3.4% of elementary and secondary school-aged children that year. The number of children homeschooled between 2003 and 2012 increased by 61.9%— that’s 677,000 children. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education reported that homeschooling rates increased as much as 63% (Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2016).
Not too long ago, parents cited religion as the number one reason they chose to homeschool their children. Nowadays, parents are homeschooling their kids because they worry about curriculum efficacy in the school system. Homeschooled students were traditionally educated solely by their parents, but an increasing number of parents are now hiring tutors to provide their children with a more structured homeschool education.
What are the advantages of tutoring in the homeschool market?
Consistency: Just as a middle school math teacher knows they’re responsible for the same content every day, a subject-specific-tutor sticks to a designated time every week to work with their student. Tutoring a homeschooled student in a specific subject provides a significant amount of stability as your sessions are part of their weekly curriculum.
Referrals: Parents who are advocates of homeschooling are often connected to networks of others who share the same feelings. Meaning, if you click well with a student, you can easily be referred to other families in that network, thus quickly expanding your client base.
Flexible Daytime Hours: Tutoring a homeschooled student often requires a greater time commitment than the weekly average. If you prefer to work during your typical nine-to-five, homeschool tutoring often happens between 8am and 3pm, which can work to your benefit.
Want to know how prevalent homeschooling is in your local area? This guide from AtoZ Homeschool provides a good estimate of the population of homeschooled children per state.
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