September 28, 2021

2017 Home Schooling statistics

“As at 1 July 2017, there were 6,008 home schooled students recorded in the Ministry of Education’s Homeschooling database. These students belong to 3,022 families and represent 0.8% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2017. Out of the 6,008 homeschoolers 67.3% were the aged 12 or under, 68.3% had been home-schooled for less than 5 years, and only 4.2% had been home-schooled for 10 years or more.

“European/Pakeha students are more likely to be homeschooled than any other ethnic group with 80.2% of all homeschoolers identifying as European/Pakeha compared to 50.1% of the total school population. Only 8.7% of homeschoolers identify as Maori compared to 24.0% of the total school population, 2.6% of homeschoolers identify as Pasifika compared to 9.8% of the total school population, and 2.2% of homeschoolers identify as Asian compared to 11.8% of the total school population. The ethnicity of 2.0% of homeschoolers is unknown.

“The chart below provides a number of downloads relating to the number of students in Homeschooling.

“Homeschooling Students Time Series Downloads: File Type & Size

More information here:


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started


Information on getting an exemption

This link is motivational:

Exemption Form online:



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