Education in America is Changing

I try to keep track of the big picture of K12 education in America so I’m trying to check in again. Last I wrote about homeschooling statistics, I said:

The government says that 1.5 million students were homeschooled in 2007. …The government homeschool statistics shows a 36% relative increase since the last estimate in 2003 when research reported 2.2% or 1.1 million students (1,096,000) homeschooled students.

But the world was simpler and less nuanced than it is today.  I think there are all sorts of hybrids and the statistics are yet harder to track.

The charter school movement is shooting along.  In 2010, there were 1.7M charter school students which meant that in 2007-2010, the number of charter school students grew and exceeded the number of homeschooling students (I’m assuming that homeschooling is growing at a 10% rate these days which is my hypothesis).

Here’s an example of what I mean. In California, there are what are known as California homeschool charter schools. A big one, for instance, is Sky Mountain.

Before I continue, here’s a disclosure. I’m writing this post as part of my research. Questions that I want to research:
– Are all Sky Mountain students homeschooled?

Are all  IEM schools structured the same way?
– Are homeschool charter schools peculiar to CA?
– What about other states’ virtual schools?

Sky Mountain Charter School (SMCS) is a WASC accredited charter school managed byInnovative Education Management (IEM).  IEM Schools include:

Sky Mountain Charter

San Bernardino, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties

For questions about the school please call 1-800-979-4436 or

to enroll a student, fill out the application.

Connecting Waters
Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties

Ocean Grove Charter School
Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties

South Sutter Charter School
Butte, Colusa, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties