Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time.
|Ethnic/Racial Designation or Program||2020 Dropout Count||2019 Dropout Rate|
|Two or More Races||1,207||8.3%|
Every year, approximately 40,000 high school students drop out of school in Canada.
Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. … The dropout rate has fallen 3% from 1990 to 2010 (12.1% to 7.4%). The percentage of graduating Latino students has significantly increased. In 2010, 71.4% received their diploma vs.
The country with the highest school dropout rate is Malta, with 40.5%.
By 2010, 8.5% of young people aged 20 to 24 had not obtained their high school diploma (Statistics Canada, 2010). … High school students identified boredom, absenteeism, problems with teachers and peers, and lack of counseling support as main causes of their dropouts (Brigeland et al., 2006; Tas et al., 2013).
Youth in low-income communities face significant barriers to education that impact their chances of graduating from high school. Many don’t have access to nutritious meals, financial stability, educational resources and support, or transportation to and from school.
You can leave school when you are 16. If you are between 6 and 16, you must go to school unless you have already graduated from high school or have been excused because of an illness or other cause. … If you do not, you may be suspended from school as a form of correction or discipline.
Average school attendance rates have dropped from a high of 98% in GHS 2018 to 94% in April/May 2021. Estimates show that the April/May 2021 levels are the highest rates of dropout in 20 years, or as far back as the GHS has been in operation [since 2002].
|Age gap||Country||De jure|
|School leaving age|
In South Africa, dropout has reached a national crisis. Approximately 60% of first graders will ultimately drop out rather than complete 12th Grade. Likewise, by Grade 12, only 52% of the age appropriate population remain enrolled (Department of Basic Education, Republic of South Africa, 2015).
Reasons for College Dropouts
38% of the students drop out of college due to financial shortcomings for their college education. 13% of the students find it hard to fit into the social life at college correctly. The lack of adequate support from the family contributes to 9% of college dropouts.
While public education is free from primary to secondary, the cost of studies still results in the Philippines having the highest dropout rates among all the Asean countries with a dropout rate of 6.38 percent in elementary students and 7.82 percent of secondary school students (“The Borgen Project,” Oct. 6, 2019).
Black and Hispanic youth are more likely than non-Hispanic white or Asian youth to have dropped out of high school. In 2016, 5 percent of non-Hispanic white youth ages 16 to 24 were not enrolled in school and had not completed high school, compared with 6 percent of black youth and 9 percent of Hispanic youth.
The College Dropout Rate Is 45%—Should Everyone Still Go?
1. 33% of students drop out of college every year. 57% of students enrolled for college take more than six years to graduate; out of this 57%, 33% of students drop out of college. 28% of students drop out before they become sophomores.
|Nations with highest percentage of population aged 25-64 with a 4-year degree, 2010|
|Rank||Country||Graduation Rate (%)|
The last column of the table gives the rank of each state using the rates from the 2011-2012 school year. During that school year, New Hampshire had the lowest drop out rate at 1.3 percent, and Alaska had the highest at seven percent.
Those with the lowest graduation rates include Indianapolis (31 percent), Cleveland (34 percent), Detroit (38 percent), Milwaukee (41 percent), Baltimore (41 percent), Atlanta (44 percent), Los Angeles (44 percent), Las Vegas (45 percent), and Columbus (45 percent).
Between 2015 and 2016, the number of schools defined by federal law as having a low graduation rate—schools of 100 or more students where fewer than two-thirds earn diplomas in four years—rose from 2,249 to 2,425.
The overall public high school graduation rate for Canada is 77 percent. The graduation rate in Quebec is 8 percent lower than the next province Saskatchewan, whose rate is 72 percent. In addition to Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick all have an 84 percent graduation rate.
In Canada, 300,000 students are at risk of dropping out of high school each year.
In Canada (as in many other countries), everyone has the right to free public schooling. … In most of Canada, you must stay in school until you turn 16 (unless you manage to graduate from high school earlier); the exceptions are Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Ontario, where the school-leaving age has been raised to 18.