Graduation Requirements


Consequences for Students Not Graduating
Adults in Ohio that leave high school prior to earning a high school diploma are employed less often and earn far less than their peers that graduate from high school. For example, high school dropouts can expect to earn about $500,000 less over the course of their lifetime than high school graduates.

Dropping out of school has serious consequences for students, their families. Students who decided to drop out of school face social stigma, fewer job opportunities, lower salaries, and higher probability of involvement with the criminal justice system.

National Statistics Reflecting the Impact

Dropping out of school impacts student’s self esteem and psychological well-being, faced with the reality that they lack skills and knowledge to fulfill their desires.
Earnings for young men and women who quite school have steadily declined over the past three decades. In 1971 male dropouts earned an estimated $37,087, which decreased by 35% to $23,902 in 2002.
In 2001, 45% of adult high school dropouts were unemployed compared to 26% of high school graduates and 13% of graduates from a four-year college.
Dropouts are substantially more likely to rely on public welfare and health services.
Dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be incarcerated during their lifetime.
Ninety % of the 11,000 youth in detention facilities have no more than a 9th grade education.
Dropouts cost the U.S. more than $260 billion in lost wages, tax revenue, and productivity over their life times.

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