Stay in School - Don't Drop Out!

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Dropping Out-Is it Really Worth It?

Every year, over 1.3 million students drop out of high school in the US.

  •  More than a quarter of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time. 
  • On average, only 58% of students in America's 50 largest cities make it to graduation.More than one in four Hispanic youth drop out, and nearly half leave by the eighth grade.
  • Hispanics are twice as likely as African Americans to drop out. White and Asian American students are least likely to drop out.
  • More males than females drop out of school
  • In the last 20 years, the earnings level of dropouts doubled, while it nearly tripled for college graduates.
  • Recent dropouts will earn $250,000 less than high school graduates, and over $1,000,000 less than college graduates, in their lives.
  • Dropouts make up nearly half the heads of households on welfare.
  • In the U.S., high school dropouts commit about 75 percent of crimes.
  • The dropout problem is likely to increase substantially through 2020 unless significant improvements are made.
  • America’s high school graduation rate ranks 19th in the world. (Forty years ago, we were number one.)
  • Most of these out-of-school youth could re-enroll and with appropriate planning and support, graduate.

Dropouts cost everyone!

Today,more than ever, youth who do not complete their high school educationput their future at risk. They face a life-long struggle to make asufficient wage, and enormous obstacles to achieving success in life.

  • One dropout costs the nation approximately $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity.
  • States could save more than $17 billion if those young people earned high school diplomas.
  • Ifthe students who dropped out of the Class of 2008 had graduated, forexample, the nation’s economy would have benefited from an additional$319 billion in income over their lifetimes.
  • More than twelve million students will drop out during the course of thenext decade, at a loss to the nation of more than $3 trillion.
  • If the nation had graduated 100 percent of its high school students tenyears ago, the money the additional graduates would have put back intothe economy would have covered the entire cost of running the federalgovernment in 2009.
  • High school drop outs are 72% more likely to be unemployed.

Re-Enter School

Have you decided that dropping out of school may have been the wrong decision for you?  

If so, you can re-enroll!

There are several different options that may fit.  

If you can complete the required credits by the age of 21, you can enroll back in high school.

  • If you are 18-21 and just want to be a completer, there is the Adult Basic Education classes (ABE) where you can obtain your high school equivalency diploma.
  • If you have a partial certification,it may be possible to finish it and complete an Option 1 or Option 3 Program.
  • There are also other possibilities that can be discussed.

Contact the Student Support Office to set up an appointment

304.528.5206 or 5207.


The cost of dropping out for a student

Dropouts are more likely to be unemployed. 48% of high school dropouts were unemployed in 2010.

· Of those who do find work, the average annual salary is approximately $13,400, less than half the yearly wage of a person with an Associate Degree, 27% less than high school graduates, and a college graduate will earn, on average, $1 million more than a high school dropout

· On average, a high school graduate lives 6-9 years longer than a dropout.

· Dropouts are more likely to live near or below the poverty level. 58% are likely to rely on public assistance

· Dropouts experience increased drug use and alcoholism.

· Dropouts are more likely to have trouble with the law. 80% of those in jail are high school dropouts.

· In a significantly changed economy, few dropouts will ever afford to own their home.

· High school dropouts are less likely to marry and more likely to get a divorce.

· 43% of families headed by a high school dropout will experience hunger.

· Even more tragic, their children are more likely to become high school dropouts hemselves, as are their children’s children, and so on, in a possibly endless cycle of poverty.

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