Over the last decade, between 300,000 and 500,000 tenth through twelfth-grade students left school each year without successfully completing a high school program” (p. 17, Schargel, Franklin P. and Smink, J., 2001). The implication for this exodus of our youth from public education in America negatively impacts all aspects of our society.

These dropouts damage both their own futures and the economic well-being of everyone. The purpose of this guide is to serve as a comprehensive source of effective dropout prevention strategies for educators, parents, and others interested in helping youth in at risk situations stay in school.

Educators can use this guide to find strategies and resources targeted to a particular student’s needs.

Helping Students Finish School: Why Students Dropout and How to Help Them Graduate – Full Report