School Drop-Outs

Statistics
  • 2.9% of 11th Graders and 5.9% of 12 Graders dropped out of school in Spokane during the 2013-2014 school year.  (K-12 Education, Spokane Community Indicators, EWU)
  • The implications from dropping out of high school are enormous, including a higher risk of poverty and even an abbreviated life span…It is estimated that about 2,500 students drop out of U.S. high schools every day.”  (ABC News, November of 2006)   
  • Why a high school diploma is important:    
    • High school dropouts have a life span that is nine years shorter than people who graduate.
    • Dropouts are more likely to face poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  
    • Typically high school dropouts earn $19,000 a year. High school graduates earn $28,000 a year on average.
What You Can Do
  • “Pay more attention to educating boys.  Boys are much more likely than girls to fall behind in school, be labeled for special education, to commit a crime, to end up in jail, drop out of high school, and less likely to go to college.  Boys perform better in groups.”     Laura Bush (wife of President George W. Bush)
Local Organizations