Crazy Successful Homeschoolers!

Crazy Successful Homeschoolers!

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Homeschooling is becoming a more popular choice, but some parents still question if they can raise well rounded, successful, social adults if they choose to homeschool. We love sharing positive homeschooling statistics and facts, so here is a list of crazy successful homeschoolers, including presidents, athletes, scientists, celebrities and more. You can rest assured that some of the best minds in the world received a homeschool education.

list of successful homeschoolersHomeschooled Presidents

Which President was homeschooled? Well, quite a few! US Presidents 1-11 were homeschooled, with the exception of 8, Martin Van Buren.

George Washington – 1st President

John Adams – 2nd President

Thomas Jefferson  – 3rd President

James Madison – 4th President

James Monroe – 5th President

John Quincy Adams – 6th President

Andrew Jackson – 7th President

William Henry Harrison  – 9th President

John Tyler  – 10th President

James Polk – 11th President

Abraham Lincoln – 16th President

Andrew Johnson  – 17th President

James Garfield – 20th President

Grover Cleveland – 22nd President

Theodore Roosevelt  – 26th President

Woodrow Wilson  – 28th President

Franklin Delano Roosevelt – 32nd President

Homeschooled Athletes

This isn’t such a far stretch for the imagination. Often times, child athletes are homeschooled so they can dedicate more time to their sport and travel. Here are a few of the most famous homeschooled athletes.

Tim Tebow – Probably the most famous homeschooled athlete, Tebow was the first sophomore ever nominated for the Heisman Trophy, which he also won. He went on to play for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New England Patriots, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also supported homeschool education by backing the “Tim Tebow Bill,” which grants Alabama homeschool, charter school, and virtual school students a chance to play high school sports at the public school for which they are zoned.

Bethany Hamilton– Professional Surfer

Bode Miller – An American alpine ski racer

Serena and Venus Williams – Professional Tennis Players

Sage Katsenberg– Olympic Snowboarder

Blake Griffin – Professional basketball player

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova – Professional tennis player


Homeschooled Scientists & Inventors

As a mother of a little scientist, this is where the list of crazy successful homeschoolers gets interesting for me!

Thomas Edison

George Washington Carver

Booker T. Washington

Oliver Heaviside

Erik Demaine 

Albert Einstein

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Alexander Graham Bell

Guglielmo Marconi

Sir Frank Whittle

Orville and Wilbur Wright

Famous writers who were Homeschooled

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Beatrix Potter 

C.S. Lewis

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

Charles Dickens

Robert Frost 

Hans Christian Anderson

Agatha Christie

Pearl Buck

Louisa May Alcott


Entrepreneurs who were Homeschooled

The list of entrepreneurs who were homeschooled is super impressive. Not only are the old school business founders, like Joseph Pulitzer, newspaper publisher; established Pulitzer Prize but also people like David Karp who founded Tumblr at the age of 20.

Amadeo Giannini
Bank of America’s founder

Horace Greeley
New York Tribune founder

Ray Kroc
founder of McDonald’s chains

Joseph Pulitzer
newspaper publisher; established Pulitzer Prize

Dave Thomas
founder of the Wendy’s restaurant chain

J. Edgar Thomson
chief engineer, Pennsylvania Railroad

Colonel Harland Sanders 
founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken

Bill Lear
The Lear Corporation

David Karp
Founded Tumblr at the age of 20

Jan Koum
Founder of Whatsapp

Ron Wayone
Co-founder of Apple

Kevin Systrom
Instagram‘s CEO

Homeschooled Celebrities

The list of homeschooled celebrities isn’t such a far-fetched idea since kids spend a lot of time working, they need to homeschool in order to fulfill legal education requirements. However, it is still super impressive that these kids are able to build and maintain careers AND homeschool!

Justin Bieber

Emma Watson

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Hilary Duff

Demi Lovato

Justin Timberlake

Elijah Wood

Taylor Swift

Kristen Stewart

Ryan Gosling

Dakota Fanning

Whoopi Goldburg

Other Crazy Successful Homeschoolers

Here are some other crazy successful homeschoolers. Interestingly enough, The first woman president of Smith college was homeschooled as were the President of Yale, Columbia, and Princeton. Some of the best Ivy league colleges are not only looking for homeschool applicants, they are literally run by homeschoolers!

Condoleezza Rice

Susan B. Anthony


Ansel Adams

Clara Barton – Started the Red Cross

Elizabeth Blackwell – first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree

Frank Lloyd Wright – Architect

Charlotte Mason – Founder of Charlotte Mason College of Education

Jill Ker Conway – first woman president of Smith College

Timothy Dwight – President of Yale University

William Samuel Johnson – President of Columbia College

John Witherspoon – President of Princeton University

Fred Terman – President of Stanford University

Frank Vandiver – President of Texas A&M University

Booker T. Washington – Founder of Tuskegee Institute


Of course, the list goes on and on, but we found these people to be incredibly worthy of making the list of crazy successful homeschoolers. As you can see, homeschoolers can go on to be anything from a celebrity to the President. If you know of a homeschooler that is super successful, tell us in the comments!

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