Re-engage young people who have left school by providing accessible and effective options for completing high school prepared for success in college and/or career.

Research shows that the reasons students drop out of school or are pushed out of the traditional school system are multifaceted, and in order address them, a tiered system of intervention is needed. Some factors that affect a student’s decision to drop out include, but are not limited to, uncontrollable life events that happen outside of school, poor academic performance, disconnections between school academics and work, low student engagement, and lack of support.

  • Schools and communities must work together to identify and recruit young people back to school if they leave. When they return, young people need rigorous educational programs that account for their needs; for example, evening programs for young people under pressure to earn for their families or to care for a family member.
  • Focus on the supports and programs needed to re-engage out of school youth and students on the verge of being pushed out of school.
  • Make alternative education options available, including alternative schools and programs and credit recovery programs, and keep them accountable to ensure that these options are effective and do not become dropout factories.