See CNY school districts with biggest spikes in home schooling
Syracuse, N.Y. — Nearly every school district in a five-county region of Central New York saw a home-schooling surge during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to state data.
Of the 49 districts in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties, 42 had more home-schooled students last year than they did in the 2019-2020 year, when the pandemic first hit.
Last year, the 2021-2022 school year, is the most recent for which state data is available.
Among the districts that saw a home-schooling increase, 31 had spikes of 50% or more. Eleven districts saw numbers at least double.
The Mexico Central School District in Oswego County had the biggest jump in home-schoolers. The total there increased 4,100% from four students in the 2019-2020 school year to 168 last year.
In Onondaga County, the biggest increase was in the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District. The total there rose more than 189% from 19 home-schoolers to 55.
The Syracuse City School District, the region’s biggest, saw a jump of 45.7% in home-schoolers to a total of 325 last year.
The districts that had declines in home-schooled students during the pandemic included Cazenovia, DeRuyter, Tully, Fabius-Pompey, Morrisville-Eaton and Cincinnatus.
You can see all the details on numbers of home-schooled students in CNY districts in the table below. If you can’t see the table, click here to open this story in a web browser.
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The numbers refer to students taught at home by a parent or parent-employed tutor. The counts do not include kids getting instruction at home or in a hospital through school districts or BOCES.
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