Some of the most famous homeschoolers in our history have been Presidents. U.S. Presidents who were homeschooled include John Adams, John Quincy Adams, James Garfield, William, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, James Polk, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington.
• Tim Tebow– NFL Quarterback and Motivational Speaker
• Justin Bieber– Musician
• Bethany Hamilton– Professional Surfer
• Arran Fernandez– Mathematician, Young Prodigy
• Emma Watson– Actress famous for her role in Harry Potter series
• Julian Trevelyan– Young Concert Pianist
• Esperanza Spalding– Grammy Winning Musician and Child Prodigy
• Venus and Serena Williams– Professional Tennis Players
• Condoleeza Rice– Former Secretary of State
• Sage Katsenberg– Olympic Snowboarder
Simone Biles began homeschooling at age 13 in order to focus all of her time on competitive gymnastics. Though Simone admits to not having had the typical high school experience, she doesn’t seem to have any regrets. The flexibility she gained while learning from home allowed her career to skyrocket. Today she’s the most decorated American gymnast with a combined total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals.
Misty Copeland is a ballet dancer. In 2015, she became the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the history of the American Ballet Theatre, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the U.S. While living with a family of dance coaches, Misty began to homeschool in 10th grade to free up more time for dance training.
Dakota Fanning starred in her first film role at age five. Not only did survive an entire childhood as a successful actress, but did so with grace, class, and dedication to her education. Dakota’s mother homeschooled the young actress from grades 2 through 8, at which point Dakota began to “crave a traditional high school experience.” She graduated from a Los Angeles high school, where she was also a member of the cheerleading squad, and then enrolled in NYU. She has continued to act to this day.
Selena Gomez is another child star who traded public school for homeschooling in order to focus on her blossoming career. Before she was creating chart-topping records, Gomez worked with a tutor to ensure all of her schoolwork was done on time during filming for her various movie and television roles.
Sandra Day O’Connor
Sandra Day O’Connor is a politician and jurist who served in the U.S. Supreme Court as the Associate Justice for 25 years. Aside from her notable tenure on the court, O’Connor received unanimous confirmation as the first female Majority Leader of a state senate in Arizona. She was prudent all the time, and thus she ends up providing the deciding vote in most cases. O’Connor was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the nation in 2009.
O’Connor grew up in a cattle ranch in Duncan, Arizona. It was far from the nearest school, so she had to learn at home. Her mother was her teacher, and going for long nature walks were her form of education. Furthermore, she was a prodigious reader, which also made a considerable contribution to her studies.