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21 Famous Homeschooled People

Bell, Duff, Jonas Brothers, Roosevelt


Homeschooling is still a hotly contested issue, with great arguments from both camps explaining the pro’s and con’s of it, but it is worth noting that more people than you would imagine have emerged from homeschooling study to become world changes, celebrities and more.

We’ve narrowed down the Top 21 list of well known inventors, leaders and celebrities who were home schooled at one point or another. It is worth noting that some of these in the list were home schooled as a consequence of early successes in their chosen career, such as Emma Watson, who required home schooling whilst completing filming during the Harry Potter series.



  1. Julian Assange

    – (b. 1970), founder of WikiLeaks was homeschooled for a time, when his parents ran a traveling theater company.

  2. Alexander Graham Bell

    – (b. 1848), inventor, homeschooled by his mother.

  3. Lewis Carroll

    – (b. 1832), mathematician, logician, and author of Alice in Wonderland. Carroll was homeschooled until he was 12.

  4. Hilary Duff

    – (b.1987) Former Disney star.

  5. Thomas Edison

    – (b. 1847), inventor, home schooled starting age 12.

  6. The Jonas Brothers

    – musicians, actors

  7. Sage Kotsenburg

    – (b. 1993), American snowboarder

  8. Michelle Kwan

    – (b. 1980), US figure skater

  9. Lindsay Lohan

    – (b. 1986), actress, was home schooled after 10th grade.

  10. Demi Lovato

    – (b. 1992), actress and singer

  11. Chloë Grace Moretz

    – (b. 1997) American actress and model.

  12. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    – (b. 1756), composer

  13. Florence Nightingale

    – (b. 1820), founder of modern nursing

  14. Hayden Panettiere

    – (b. 1989), actress, home schooled from grade nine to the completion of high school.

  15. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    – (b. 1882), 32nd President of the United States, home schooled by parents and private tutors.

  16. Theodore Roosevelt

    – (b. 1858), 26th President of the United States, home schooled until college.

  17. Taylor Swift

    – (b. 1989), singer, home schooled during her junior and senior years.

  18. Tim Tebow

    – (b. 1987), American football player, home schooled, allowed to play in a local school’s football team.

  19. J. R. R. Tolkien

    – (b. 1892), English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor. Tolkien was schooled at home by his mother until she died, when he was 12.

  20. Emma Watson

    – (b. 1990) English actress and model. She was home schooled during the period in which the Harry Potter movies were filmed.

  21. Woodrow Wilson

    – (b. 1856), 28th President of the United States, home schooled by his father.



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