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To many modern children and teenagers, the homeschooled kid is something of an enigma. Do they ever leave their house? Is there something wrong with them? How do they make friends if they can't go to school? And that most offensive of questions: do they have lives?

Truth be told, the majority of homeschooled children are no different from those who attend public and private schools. And while some are pulled from other schools due to disabilities, a good number of their parents simply think their educational needs will be better met at home. Homeschooling can come in many forms, from literally being taught by a parent to a co-op that hires teachers for their kids.

Homeschooled kids do not show up in media very often, but when they do, they are usually shown as either [[NoSocialSkills socially inept]] {{nerd}}s or [[TheFundamentalist religious fundamentalists]] (as of 2007, 72% of American parents who homeschool list a religious motivation) who have been sheltered by their paranoid parents. While some homeschooled kids fit these stereotypes (the term "homeschoolers" in some parts of the homeschooled community refer solely to children fitting this stereotype; in other parts of the homeschooled community "homeschooler" is a self-identity for anyone homeschooled), not all do. In RealLife, there actually are homeschooling-parent-led networks of homeschooled kids who get together with other homeschooled kids for events just to offset this sort of social issue, though each homeschooling family's involvement in that sort of thing varies.

Usually when homeschooling does come up, it is either by having a stereotypical homeschooling character introduced or by having the main characters attempt homeschooling themselves. Usually, neither turns out well. Occasionally the MoralGuardians will be pro-homeschooling. The FinalBoss of a SpellingBee is often a homeschooled character.

!!Examples of homeschooling characters:


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Son Gohan from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', due to living in an isolated mountain clearing; when he chooses to go to a formal high school, he has to fly to the nearest city every day. He fits the stereotype of being incredibly sheltered, to the point that he doesn't seem to understand that baseline human teens can't jump twenty feet in the air unassisted, but he's kind and friendly enough that people are mostly willing to overlook his oddities.
* Erich Frühling from ''Manga/TheHeartOfThomas'' has spent his childhood at home with private tutors. As the NewTransferStudent at a boy's boarding school, his classmates find him spoiled, rude, and [[OedipusComplex overly attached to his mother]]. Another student has to intervene when Erich's first encounter with CorporalPunishment ends with him ''attacking the teacher''.
* Alex from the OEL ''Manga/{{Nightschool}}'' is homeschooled by her older sister, [[PromotionToParent Sarah]], for [[DarkAndTroubledPast very good reason]]. Sarah frequently tries to convince Alex to enroll in the titular [[AllGhoulsSchool nightschool]] so she can socialize with kids her age, though.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Ghoul children are unable to attend school and as such, any education they receive comes from their families. As a direct result, suspicion of home-schooled children is heavily enforced with [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] actively encouraging people to report home-schooled children to them as potential Ghouls. [[CainAndAbel Touka and Ayato]], Nishiki, and Hinami are shown learning what they could from a combination of second-hand books and lessons from the people around them -- Touka is shown struggling to adapt when she attends a normal High School, while Nishiki does well once he gets into a local university.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', Mindy a.k.a. Hit-Girl didn't go to school and was raised as a {{Tykebomb}} by her dad. [[spoiler:She does join a school at the end of Volume One, after her father bites the dust and her nemesis is defeated]].
* James-Michael in ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown'' is raised in the mountains by his parents, who are secretly [[spoiler:[[RoboticReveal robots]]]], and we are then treated to his experiences moving to NYC's Hell's Kitchen where he attends a rather terrifying InnerCitySchool.
* ''Princess Sally'' suffers this in ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' during [[DorkAge the time the Freedom Fighters were made to live "normal" lives]]. This is promptly done away with ''very'' quickly.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Homeschooling is forbidden by law in ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'', as it will only give the cultists a legal bonus when converting new members.
* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Franchise/HarryPotter had to be homeschooled through his pre-Hogwarts for being unable to stay awake during regular classes.
* Most ''The Sentinel'' fanfiction has Blair homeschooled before entering Rainier University (a thinly-disguised University of Washington) at sixteen.
* The protagonist of ''Fanfic/TheDreamJournal'' is confirmed to be homeschooled in the first chapter.
* The children in the ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' story Gensokyo 20XXV are homeschooled and this is justified, being an ApocalypseAnarchy, in that the kids are taught at home because the schools are A) there isn't that many schools ,B) the ones that are around aren't very safe , and C) many of the teachers are closer to that of students than they are teachers.
* In the ''Anime/KillLaKill'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12698064/1/The-Outside The Outside]]'', Ryuuko is implied to be homeschooled, as her only source of education is from a tutor, Aikuro, and Satsuki doesn't allow her outside. Like some portrayals of this trope, the former hasn't had too much socialization; however, that's because her sister doesn't allow her outside.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho,'' where [[BigBad Jane Kangaroo]] "pouch-schooling" Rudy is meant to paint her as MyBelovedSmother, though Rudy himself is sympathetic and curious.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{RV}}'', The kids of the other family that Creator/RobinWilliams' family keeps running into are homeschooled, heading for university within the foreseeable future.
* At the beginning of ''Film/MeanGirls'', Cady has a voiceover talking about how she knows people think all homeschooled kids are nerds (illustrated by a girl with mega-braces at a spelling bee spelling "[[PerfectlyCromulentWord xylocarp]]") or religious nuts (a family of redneck boys, one of whom explains how {{God}} created guns "[[ArtisticLicensePaleontology so that man could fight the dinosaurs]], [[HeteronormativeCrusader and the homosexuals]]"), but she is neither of these things.
* Bethany Hamilton in ''Film/SoulSurfer'', and her best friend Alana Blanchard. Both girls are competitive surfers, and the best waves are during school hours.
* Several of the children in the documentary ''Film/JesusCamp'', very decidedly in the "religious fundamentalists" category. We see snippets of some of their lessons, including a Creationist video cheerfully informing them that ScienceIsWrong.
* Amélie in ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' was homeschooled as a child because her father believed she had a heart deficit and shouldn't be with other kids.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin and his brothers are homeschooled. This is unusual, most boys in the setting are implied to get no education at all. The princesses, of course, have private tutors.
* In ''Literature/{{Gone}}'', Emily and her brother, Brother. Well, before the FAYZ, anyways.
** And Orsay.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' WordOfGod says that many Wizard families homeschool their children before they can attend Hogwarts, including the Weasleys. Most of the usual factors of this trope are [[AvertedTrope averted]], however.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', it was stated all Wizard families were allowed to keep homeschooling their children instead of sending them to Hogwarts, although few, if any, did so. It became forbidden when a Voldemort-controlled Ministry declared Hogwarts attendance mandatory. The option was presumably restored after Voldemort's downfall.
* The backstories of several characters in the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' novels include being taught at home by tutors who were themselves Elemental magicians. But between the time period and the social class of most of those characters, having a private tutor would have been seen as normal. (Having the lessons include Elemental magic, not so much -- but that was the main reason for the tutor. Putting a magically-gifted child in a {{Muggle}} boarding school is just asking for trouble.)
* Necessary in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', since the Arrandas are traveling too much, and later are also too on the run from the Empire, to be schooled normally. DV-9 and later Hoole do their best.
* In ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', a kid named Fregley. He clearly suffers from some sort of AmbiguousDisorder on the autism spectrum (odd ways of expressing himself, no concept of societal norms, supposedly very smart but unable to cope with a school environment), and was put in home schooling after first grade. Every once in a while he gets taken to school functions and creeps the other kids out.
** A later book introduced Maddox, another homeschooled kid with NoSocialSkills. He spends all his time building Lego sets and practicing his violin, and his mother doesn't allow him to watch TV or play video games. When on a "playdate" with Greg, he refuses to talk to him the entire time, and goes completely nuts when he sees Greg start to play a video game.
* In ''Literature/NimsIsland'' and the accompanying movie, Nim clearly doesn't attend school--the general consensus is that she must be homeschooled.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's book "The Game", the main character is homeschooled.
* George in the first book of Literature/TheFamousFive series. Then she goes to boarding school later.
* Lyra from ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' has aspects of a homeschooled child. She lives in Jordan College and is taught whatever the Scholar of the week decides to teach her, but she has no actual official schooling.
* Dian Curtis Regan's ''Literature/MonsterOfTheMonthClub'': Main protagonist Rilla Harmony Earth started being homeschooled because of her mother's beliefs (Sparrow Earth is a "back-to-nature" type), though she does get together with other homeschooled kids for field trips and special events.
* In the ''Literature/ShadowGrail'' series, Spirit White had been homeschooled prior to her parents' and sister's deaths and getting sent to [[WizardingSchool Oakhurst Academy]]. Spirit and her sister Phoenix had originally attended the local schools, but as the school system wasn't very good, their parents eventually pulled them out and started homeschooling them by the time Spirit was due to start high school.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': The TV show "Quiz Bowl" pitted a group of public school kids against some homeschoolers. [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/08/08aquiz.phtml]] [[http://video.nate.com/204901019]]
* Very extreme example in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', where two brothers are homeschooled because their obsessive, possessive and controlling mother wants them under her complete control. She winds up manipulating the older boy into killing his own brother to keep social services from taking him away.
** The episode did include one normal homeschooled girl to pay lip service to how this trope isn't always true (indeed one of the antagonists of the episode was a lawyer who automatically decided that the villain was being persecuted because of this trope).
** .... But at the same time, the episode also went on a short tirade for how homeschooling is dangerous since the state can't check up on what parents teach their children or hold them up to any educational standards, so they're not being guaranteed a quality education.
* ''Series/{{Cougartown}}'' featured a trio of homeschooled kids who have a [[CreepyChild creepy]], ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn'' vibe to them. They make chalk drawings on other people's driveways, and woe to those who dare hose the drawings off.
* When Bill turned Jessica into a vampire on ''Series/TrueBlood'', one of her first reactions was: "No more homeschool?" When assured that this was the case, vampirism didn't seem like such a bad thing to her.
* On the RealityShow ''Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting'', the Duggar family homeschools all 19 of their children (even through college). They fit the stereotype of the religious fundamentalist children, since they don't believe in birth control (hence the 19 kids), make all the girls wear skirts, don't watch TV and have limited use of the Internet.
* The children of ''Series/RaisedByWolves'' are all home schooled, though the fact that we never see them being taught anything makes it something of an InformedAttribute.
* The children on the series ''Promised Land'' were homeschooled by the mother, though not out of personal or religious reasons--the family traveled around the country helping people and therefore never settled anywhere long enough for them to be properly enrolled in school. Once the family permanently settles in a community, this changes.
* Dharma of ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' was homeschooled, and quite well-adjusted at that. It usually comes up when she laments the things she missed out on riding the school bus, going to homecoming, etc although one episode has her realise that the 'history' her conspiracy theorist father taught her wasn't as true as she thought it was.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'', homeschooling (by means of an AI tutor) is the norm. It's mentioned that (most) parents are aware of the importance of socialisation, and there are various places and events for kids to do so. The supplement ''Personnel Files: School Days 2100'' is set in a "normal" (by 20th century standards) school, and specifically notes that this is an unusual situation.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Homeschool Winner from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' is portrayed as one of these (and an exceptionally intelligent one, at that) in the DVD special, ''Why Come Only One Girl''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Asia Ellis in ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}''. [[http://asia-ellis-understoods.tumblr.com/image/46632393343 She tried public school. It didn't work out.]]
* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'', the latest addition to the Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}}, has Joyce, who describes herself as the most-socialized member of her homeschool group. She very much fits the 'fundamentalist' stereotype, though she's also a protagonist and treated sympathetically.
* Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon begin with the titular hero's first day of public school after having been home schooled his whole life.
* Hayden Bliss of the ''Webcomic/ImprintChronicles'' has been homeschooled all of his life, kept in solitude by his father until he finally ran off at the start of the comic.
* In the {{webcomic}} ''Li'l Mell'', a kid called Homeschool Joe appears in two storylines: "The Horror of Rukavina Caverns" and "Homeschool Joe Goes to School" (in which Mell brings him to school as a Show and Tell exhibit). He's depicted as a bright but nerdy kid who speaks mostly in factoids about his current field of study: bats in the first storyline, George Washington in the second. The same character, much older, appears in college in ''Webcomic/{{Smithson}}'', another comic by the same writer.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace's cover story when she started school was that she was [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=876 home schooled by an elderly woman]].
* Emil from ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' was educated by private tutors and able to tailor his curriculum. Something was quite obviously done wrong, because his grades dramatically dropped when he entered the public school system after his family underwent a RichesToRags episode (Emil blames the school system for this). He also doesn't know any Icelandic, that universe's CommonTongue, that is supposed to be a mandatory subject for academics. Among the six main characters, Emil comes across as third most educated at best, behind TheMedic (who doesn't have an actual doctorate) and a Finnish desk worker just a couple years older than he is (Finns are supposed to not be that well educated in this world), who both know Icelandic among other things that Emil does not. The three that are less educated than Emil didn't get an academic education to speak of.
* ''Webcomic/DisneyHighSchool'' begins with Quasimodo and Rapunzel ([[RelatedInTheAdaptation who are step-siblings in this story]]) joining the titular school after being taught by Frollo and Gothel their whole lives.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': two homeschoolers enter the South Park Elementary spelling bee and win. The older brother then decides he wants to go to public school. HilarityEnsues, of course, along with AnAesop ([[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Family unfriendly?]])
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'':
** One of the contestants is Ezekiel, who was home-schooled, depicted as having NoSocialSkills and being an InnocentBigot. He was the first to be kicked off. When he became an EnsembleDarkhorse, the writers brought him back [[CreatorBacklash just to have him go insane and (literally) mutate into a barely-sapient, antagonistic feral child]].
** [[{{Doomsayer}} Shawn]], who in many ways seems to be a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Ezekiel, is often said to be homeschooled, but this may be a case of GodNeverSaidThat. Unlike Ezekiel, he's treated sympathetically [[spoiler:and makes it to the final two]].
* Ted from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' who served as the title character's GuyOfTheWeek in the episode "The New Kid." He's about as smart as Daria [[{{Foil}} but far more friendly]], though clueless about social interactions. His odd quirks made everyone think he was in a cult at first, though ironically made him (somewhat) popular by the end of the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar'': Willy and his sister were homeschooled until the beginning of the series, when their parents stopped living on the move and decided to enroll them in a regular school.
* Patti Mayonaise in the Disney episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' is a ''mostly'' positive example, as she starts being partially-home schooled without it damaging her social life--the only negative aspect being that Doug doesn't get to see her as often. [[spoiler:Subverted near the end of Disney's run when her dad gets hired as a full-time teacher at Doug's school, and she winds up back with the other kids]].
* WordOfGod describes ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'''s title character as homeschooled, but it's a bit of an odd example--the Crystal Gems don't seem to know what "school" ''is,'' and just kind of teach [[TagalongKid Steven]] informally. While [[AllLovingHero ridiculously friendly]], he's not really overly-sheltered, since we see him interact with the local kids all the time. In one of the comics, he tags along with [[MuggleBestFriend Connie]] for a day at her school. [[spoiler:Turns out he's educated way above his grade level, getting a nearly perfect test score.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys,'' Eliza and Debbie are homeschooled because their "home" is an [[CoolCar advanced RV]] the family travels around in while the parents record their own nature show. The idea of them going to a boarding school instead occasionally comes up--Debbie wanted to in one episode, then dropped the idea, and it was part of Eliza's story in TheMovie.
* Otto Osworth from ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' is homeschooled by Larry when there is downtime from time-traveling. One can assume that this is also because Otto was illegally adopted and taken from the 21st century, and that would certainly make things more complicated.
* In the Origins episode of ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', Adrien was originally homeschooled prior to becoming Cat Noir, since his father Gabriel wouldn't allow him to attend public school, believing it would interfere with his son's modelling career.
* A downplayed example in ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' -- in "No Place Like Homeschool," it turns out that in order for Lola to have more time to get ready for her beauty pageants, Lola's homeschooled during the main competition season, hence why previous episodes showed her attending a regular elementary with Lincoln, Lucy, Lana and Lisa. And as it would seem, her parents are pretty strict about her schoolwork during the time that she's homeschooled, because if she ends up failing so much as one test, she has to go back to attending a regular school, pageant season or not, as punishment.

!!Examples of attempts at homeschooling:

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An episode of ''Series/MyParentsAreAliens'' had Brian try to do this with Josh after falling foul with his teacher. It didn't last very long as Josh found Brian's Biology lesson stupid.
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] suggests homeschooling as an option when she's expelled from Sunnydale High ("It's not just for scary religious people anymore!"), but the idea is never pursued.
* Angie tries to do this with Carmen in ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' after she leaves her public school and dosen't succeed very well.
* In ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', Gabrielle temporarily has to deal with homeschooling her daughter. Though she is completely inept at it and ends up letting her cleaning lady teach instead.
* Owen Cronsky in ''Series/LessThanPerfect'' was homeschooled by his parents, and there were a few jokes made about it(like Claude and Ramona being surprised that he had an actual graduation ceremony), but it's still one of the more positive examples of this trope, as Owen turned out fairly succesful from the experience.
* The short-lived WB sitcom ''The O'Keefe's'' was about homeschooled kids trying to adjust to life, though some critics felt that the show was making fun of the whole idea of homeschooling.
* One of the families in ''Series/WifeSwap'' was teaching their children this way, believing that public school was too harsh and cruel an environment. Unfortunately, they appeared to be doing it in a very lackadaisical way--no set schedule, lesson plan, etc. The wife from the other family was unable to convince them to enroll the children in school, nor convince them to have a more structured curriculum.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A story arc in ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' had the kids requesting to be homeschooled.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'' was homeschooled for a short period of time during a suspension from school.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Marge tried homeschooling in "Whacking Day" when Bart got expelled ([[NotMeThisTime ironically for something that he didn't do]]) and rejected from several other schools. She even converted the garage into a classroom (which resulted in Homer almost running over Bart ''twice''). Strangely, Bart started doing ''much'' better academically, but a ResetButtonEnding allows him to go back to school, and for [[StatusQuoIsGod some reason]] Marge decides to go along with that instead of continuing to teach him herself.
** In "The PTA Disbands", Bart tricked the teachers into declaring a strike. Milhouse's parents hired a tutor to continue educating him. Once again it seemed to work really well, but didn't last beyond the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In "E. Peterbus Unum", Lois tried to teach Meg and Chris after the U.S. army blockaded "Petoria." Chris got sent to his room for passing a note saying that [[ParentalIncest Ms. Griffin was hot]].
** In "Foreign Affairs" Peter tries to homeschool them again, but sends them back when it turns out that Chris had learned nothing from the experience. Of course, this isn't so much because of homeschooling per se as the fact that it's [[TheBlindLeadingTheBlind Peter doing the teaching]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Wakeman tries to homeschool Jenny. Jenny goes with it, thinking she won't have to do any work, but it turns out that Wakeman has a classroom set up for her and she has even more work to do as usual. She ends up missing her friends and goes back to Tremorton High.
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' once claimed to have ''caught'' agoraphobia so she'd never have to go to school ever again. Being homeschooled and having less time with her friends made her confess and accept punishment for having lied.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode mentioned above, a B-plot involved Cartman getting his mom to homeschool him. Of course, since his mom is an ExtremeDoormat, he just winds up lounging in bed all day.
* Besides the title character of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' being informally homeschooled, "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E25MirrorGem Mirror Gem]]" parodies the "attempted homeschool" plotline when Steven first hears about school from his MuggleBestFriend and tries to set one up with [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]]. They get all the supplies they need but don't know what to do with them, and give up after a few minutes. So Steven cheers happily for summer vacation.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode "No Place Like Homeschool," after it turns out that Lola gets to be homeschooled during the main competition season for beauty pageants, the other kids decide to try and get in on it--after convincing their parents to let them be homeschooled, Lincoln and the rest of his sisters realize that it's much more difficult (namely, they [[AttentiondeficitOohShiny can't focus on schoolwork without getting distracted]]). They decide to ask Lola for help, but this costs Lola her beauty sleep and she ends up failing her test, forcing her to go back to regular school as punishment. By the end of the episode, the rest of the kids decide to go back to regular school, so Lola can continue homeschooling without distraction.