Famous People Who Were Homeschooled

By Rick Gonzales | 3 weeks ago

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of children being homeschooled rose from 3.4% to 9% during the COVID pandemic. Homeschooling is more popular than ever and as teachers unions continue to shut down public schools, that 9% is likely to grow much larger. There are numerous reasons families have chosen homeschooling from school bullying to control of curriculum. It works for a lot of kids, even kids who grew up to be famous. That’s right, there are actually a lot of famous homeschoolers.

These are the most famous people to be homeschooled.


Ryan Gosling homeschool

By the time Ryan Gosling was 10-years old, he still couldn’t read. He was constantly in trouble at his publicscho ol and was also a victim of bullying. To add to his troubles, he was diagnosed with ADHD. It was then that his single mother decided to pull him out of school and handle business herself.

Ryan Gosling’s mom made the right call, it seems. Her homeschool worked to perfection for the soon-to-be-famous kid because two years later, he got his first big break on Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club. Now Ryan Gosling is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood having starred in such films as The Notebook, La La Land, Blue Valentine, and Blade Runner 2049.


jonas brothers homeschool

Even before the Jonas Brothers – Nick, Joe, and Kevin – were famous, their mother Denise stated that she would have chosen to homeschool her boys. As a devout Christian family, keeping her boys home felt like a much better fit. The fact that they turned to the entertainment industry made homeschooling a much better option the more famous they became.


famous homeschooler

Considered one of the greatest women’s gymnasts America has ever seen, Simone Biles actually attended public school until the age of 13. But by then, her gymnastic career was in full bloom, so she was pulled from the public-school routine so she could focus solely on gymnastics. Admittingly, Biles didn’t have the normal high school experiences though it doesn’t seem to have bothered her. All throughout her homeschool experience, Biles continued to rack up medal after medal, becoming the most decorated American gymnast with a total of 19 World Champion and Olympic medals.


famous homeschoolers

Well before they were grand slam tennis champions, Venus and Serena received their “formal” education from papa Richard. From early elementary up through high school, the Williams sisters spent more time on the tennis courts than they did in their homeschool classroom. Although they were a famous homeschool pair, Venus went to Indiana University where she got her BS in Business Administration while Serena attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to study fashion.


famous homeschooler

Sandra Day O’Connor was the very first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, where she served proudly for 24 years. Born in 1930 in El Paso, Texas, O’Connor’s family moved to a remote ranch in Arizona. Because of where the ranch was located, O’Connor spent much of her childhood schooling at home. She was taught to read at the age of 4 and in 2002, she published a memoir about her childhood titled Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest.

Apparently, her childhood homeschooling did little, if nothing, to hold her back. It may have even helped, as she graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, then went on to get her degree in law.


thomas edison famous

As a child, Thomas Edison constantly found himself in trouble at school. He was considered a difficult child while living in Port Huron, MI, so much so that at the age of seven his mother, who was herself a schoolteacher, removed him from public school so she could teach him at home. With the penchant for trouble removed, Edison went on to first sell newspapers which he turned into producing his own newspaper, the Grand Trunk Herald and then becoming a telephone operator. He did this all before turning 19.

Of course, we know Edison for much more. He invented the very first incandescent lightbulb and the phonograph. During his lifetime, he held over 1,000 patents for his inventions.


famous homeschool president

“Bully” for Teddy Roosevelt. Because he, as well as his 13 other siblings, suffered from many malady’s, they were all homeschooled. The children were educated by their mother, an aunt, and their French governess. Apparently, they did a yeoman’s job as Teddy was admitted into Harvard in 1878. From there Teddy led the Rough Riders and became our nation’s 26th President.


Eragon author

Here is one for the record books, literally. Christopher Paolini, whose entire academic career was through homeschooling, holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest author to write a bestselling book series. As a teenager, still being homeschooled, he wrote Eragon, which is the first book in the Inheritance Cycle series.


Famous Homeschooler

Since the 6th grade, Bethany was homeschooled. Living in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany drew interest in surfboarding and was constantly seen tackling the toughest waves Kauai had to offer. Tragedy struck her at age 13 when she was out preparing to hit a wave when she was attacked by a tiger shark. The tragic attack resulted in Bethany losing her left arm. Undeterred, Bethany found herself back in the ocean barely two months after the loss of her limb. Soul Surfer was a movie based on her inspiring story.


Agatha Christie

One of the most successful and famous mystery writers of all time got her early education from her father. Agatha Christie, who is the world’s best-selling author of all time with works that include And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and The Mousetrap, learned to read at the age of four. Christie was homeschooled until the age of 11 when her father’s deteriorating health finally took him, and she was sent to a Parisian boarding school to complete her education.

Homeschool is on the rise and not only for the famous.