SOUTHERN TIER, N.Y. (WETM) — Most kids in the Southern Tier headed back to school last week, but some never left.

Thousands of kids across the Southern Tier are home-schooled. At the end of each school year, the New York State Education Department releases the total number of kids from kindergarten up to 12th grade in each school district that were taught at home that school year. The numbers have changed since last school year due to families moving, kids graduating, or kids starting home-schooling for the first time, but we can take a look at data from recent years to see about how many kids in the Southern Tier currently learn from home.

The education department’s data breaks down how many households are instructing children, how many kids from kindergarten through sixth grade are being home-schooled, how many kids from seventh through twelfth grade are being home-schooled, and how many of the home-schooled kids are known to have disabilities.

Some schools seem to have significantly more home-schooled children than instructing households. Home-school groups and other factors might account for these differences, or there could have been reporting errors.

We’ve taken the education department’s data and formed a list of the number of children that were home-schooled in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga Counties during the two most recent school years.

Chemung County

  • Elmira City School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 154 households
      • 147 kids in grades K-6
      • 117 kids in grades 7-12
      • 23 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 142 households
      • 123 kids in grades K-6
      • 102 kids in grades 7-12
      • 18 kids with disabilities
  • Elmira Heights Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 24 households
      • 32 kids in grades K-6
      • 16 kids in grades 7-12
      • 4 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 1 household
      • 18 kids in grades K-6
      • 21 kids in grades 7-12
      • 14 kids with disabilities
  • Horseheads Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 106 households
      • 140 kids in grades K-6
      • 72 kids in grades 7-12
      • 24 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023
      • 97 households
      • 101 kids in grades K-6
      • 67 kids in grades 7-12
      • 24 kids with disabilities

Schuyler County

  • Odessa-Montour Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 31 households
      • 30 kids in grades K-6
      • 17 kids in grades 7-12
      • 3 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 24 households
      • 28 kids in grades K-6
      • 14 kids in grades 7-12
      • 2 kids with disabilities
  • Watkins Glen Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 64 households
      • 46 kids in grades K-6
      • 46 kids in grades 7-12
      • 9kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 52 households
      • 37 kids in grades K-6
      • 45 kids in grades 7-12
      • 5 kids with disabilities

Steuben County

  • Addison Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 36 households
      • 39 kids in grades K-6
      • 28 kids in grades 7-12
      • 0 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 42 households
      • 43 kids in grades K-6
      • 39 kids in grades 7-12
      • 2 kids with disabilities
  • Arkport Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 2 households
      • 244 kids in grades K-6
      • 233 in grades 7-12
      • 0 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 18 households
      • 14 kids in grades K-6
      • 14 kids in grades 7-12
      • 1 kid with disabilities
  • Avoca Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 35 households
      • 45 kids in grades K-6
      • 21 kids in grades 7-12
      • 3 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 26 households
      • 34 kids in grades K-6
      • 15 kids in grades 7-12
      • 1 kid with disabilities
  • Bath Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 53 households
      • 61 kids in grades K-6
      • 36 kids in grades 7-12
      • 3 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 44 households
      • 40 kids in grades K-6
      • 36 kids in grades 7-12
      • 3 kids with disabilities
  • Bradford Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 17 households
      • 14 kids in grades K-6
      • 11 kids in grades 7-12
      • 2 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 20 households
      • 14 kids in grades K-6
      • 15 kids in grades 7-12
      • 1 kid with disabilities
  • Campbell-Savona Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 26 households
      • 29 kids in grades K-6
      • 13 kids in grades 7-12
      • 4 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 42 households
      • 32 kids in grades K-6
      • 10 kids in grades 7-12
      • 3 kids with disabilities
  • Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 15 households
      • 20 kids in grades K-6
      • 14 kids in grades 7-12
      • 3 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 21 households
      • 20 kids in grades K-6
      • 22 kids in grades 7-12
      • 0 kids with disabilities
  • Corning-Painted Post Area School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 28 households
      • 153 kids in grades K-6
      • 167 kid in grades 7-12
      • 109 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 26 households
      • 116 kids in grades K-6
      • 123 kids in grades 7-12
      • 12 kids with disabilities
  • Hammondsport Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 7 households
      • 12 kids in grades K-6
      • 3 kids in grades 7-12
      • 0 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 7 households
      • 11 kids in grades K-6
      • 5 kids in grades 7-12
      • 0 kids with disabilities
  • Hornell City School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 40 households
      • 42 kids in grades K-6
      • 36 kids in grades 7-12
      • 7 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 40 households
      • 35 kids in grades K-6
      • 34 kids in grades 7-12
      • 8 kids with disabilities
  • Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 24 households
      • 35 kids in grades K-6
      • 24 kids in grades 7-12
      • 3 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 20 households
      • 25 kids in grades K-6
      • 18 kids in grades 7-12
      • 7 kids with disabilities
  • Prattsburgh Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 26 households
      • 35 kids in grades K-6
      • 13 kids in grades 7-12
      • 4 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 19 households
      • 25 kids in grades K-6
      • 9 kids in grades 7-12
      • 4 kids with disabilities
  • Wayland-Cohocton Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 55 households
      • 58 kids in grades K-6
      • 25 kids in grades 7-12
      • 7 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 41 households
      • 41 kids in grades K-6
      • 34 kids in grades 7-12
      • 8 kids with disabilities

Tioga County

  • Candor Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 31 households
      • 29 kids in grades K-6
      • 19 kids in grades 7-12
      • 1 kid with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 19 households
      • 20 kids in grades K-6
      • 12 kids in grades 7-12
      • 0 kids with disabilities
  • Newark Valley Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 33 households
      • 56 kids in grades K-6
      • 22 kids in grades 7-12
      • 4 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 75 households
      • 39 kids in grades K-6
      • 36 kids in grades 7-12
      • 4 kids with disabilities
  • Owego-Apalachin Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 66 households
      • 71 kids in grades K-6
      • 55 kids in grades 7-12
      • 14 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 71 households
      • 72 kids in grades K-6
      • 52 kids in grades 7-12
      • 18 kids with disabilities
  • Spencer-Van Etten Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 42 households
      • 45 kids in grades K-6
      • 26 kids in grades 7-12
      • 4 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 43 households
      • 45 kids in grades K-6
      • 30 kids in grades 7-12
      • 1 kid with disabilities
  • Tioga Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 21 households
      • 19 kids in grades K-6
      • 18 kids in grades 7-12
      • 2 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 22 households
      • 25 kids in grades K-6
      • 19 kids in grades 7-12
      • 1 kid with disabilities
  • Waverly Central School District
    • 2021-2022:
      • 21 households
      • 15 kids in grades K-6
      • 19 kids in grades 7-12
      • 0 kids with disabilities
    • 2022-2023:
      • 32 households
      • 23 kids in grades K-6
      • 23 kids in grades 7-12
      • 0 kids with disabilities

Some of the school districts had big changes in the number of home-schooled children from the 2021-22 and 2022-2023 school years, but for the most part, the numbers stayed fairly consistent. We can probably expect the number of children that are home-schooled in the Southern Tier during the 2022-2023 school year to be similar to the number that were during the past two years.

To see how many children in each school district across New York State have been home-schooled since the 2009-2010 school year, visit this page of the department of education’s website.