Home School Numbers Rise

1 decade 11 months 4 days ago October 27, 2005 Oct 27, 2005 Thursday, October 27 2005 Thursday, October 27, 2005 5:18:16 PM CDT in News

Some will just head downstairs to the dining room. This method of education is on the rise in Missouri. Abbie Gavins is home schooled. After attending a public school for a few years, her family decided she would learn better at home.

"We just felt like there was so much more we could do that she wasn't getting in the public schools," home school parent Shannon Jarvis said.

The Jarvis' choice reflects an increasing trend for Missouri families. Since the 1997-1998 school year, the number of Missouri home schooled students has increased from about 2,200 to about 5,000. Jarvis thinks that number is a lot higher, maybe double. That is because the state doesn't require home schoolers to register.

"You don't have to register in the state of Missouri. It's polite to send a letter," Jarvis said.

The Jarvis said one of the reasons they joined the home school movement was because of their faith. They feel that home schooling is giving their children a quality education that can't be found in the classroom.

The state may not register home schoolers, but it does have requirements. For instance, home school students must study at least 1,000 hours a year.

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