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Parents' Reasons for Homeschooling, 2003

 Applicable1Most important reason
Reasons for homeschoolingNumberPercentNumberPercent
Concern about environment of other schools2935,00085.4%341,00031.2%
Dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools748,00068.2180,00016.5
To provide religious or moral instruction793,00072.3327,00029.8
Child has a physical or mental health problem174,00015.971,0006.5
Child has other special needs316,00028.979,0007.2
Other reasons3221,00020.197,0008.8
NOTES: Excludes students who were enrolled in school for more than 25 hours a week and students who were homeschooled only because of a temporary illness.
1. Percentages do not sum to 100 percent because respondents could choose more than one reason.
2. Includes safety, drugs, and negative peer pressure.
3. These reasons are often unique to a given family's situation. Some reasons parents gave include child’s preference, increased parental control over child's learning, and flexibility.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES).

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