Ways to Help Decrease Dropout Rates


Research done by the “Do Something Project” shows that approximately 25% of all high school freshmen will fail to graduate high school.

With an increase in high school dropout rates, everyone is looking for someone to blame. Parents seem to catch a lot of the heat for this because they are having to work long hours to pay the bills and support their children. With this being said, no one person is to blame for this sudden increase, but it needs to be fixed. Instead of blaming each other, everyone needs to focus on solutions to help fix this issue.

One solution to this sudden increase is for parents and teachers to work together to push at-risk students to finish their schooling and get their diploma. At-risk students can feel like they are never going to achieve their goal of graduating high school, so they just give up. Parents being there to support them when they are struggling can certainly help them to continue to push themselves.

Also, schools and their administration could offer more tutoring for students. A lot of these at-risk students need help with their school and homework because they do not understand or struggle with a particular subject. With most parents away at work, the students can become overwhelmed when trying to do their studies and will sometimes give up.

If school districts would work towards trying to get more available after-school tutoring sessions and activities, students would have help when they need it and they might not become so discouraged. This could then lead to students wanting to continue and eventually excel in their studies.

Some activities could include after school clubs, weekend tutoring sessions, and encouragement meetings with teachers. These three activities alone could give students the extra support they might need.

When it comes to a student’s education, everyone needs to work together to help benefit and encourage the student. This means that instead of blaming each other, the teachers, parents, and administrations need to come up with plausible solutions for at-risk students. This can range from more support to extra tutoring, but any solution is better than children not finishing their education.