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Information Sheet on Dropping Out of School

10 Things You Need to Know About Dropping Out of School

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  1. It is a really bad idea, if things are bad at school because you are being harassed (sexually or otherwise) or bullied try changing schools rather than quitting.
  2. It is so not worth it - if academics are hard for you see your school counsellor about a non-academic program, voluntarily set yourself back a grade, or get Learning Assistance (even if it is informally from a friend).
  3. Drop outs have a harder time getting good, secure, decent paying jobs.
  4. More and more entry level and trade specific jobs require a minimum of high school graduation.
  5. Dropping out gives you a lot of free time, even if you get a full time job, you are more likely to get in to a self destructive rut including drugs and/or alcohol.
  6. Pregnancy is not a good reason to drop out and get a job, look in to your options before taking such a drastic step (many schools and communities have programs designed to keep teens with children in school).
  7. Being a drop out is much harder than you think it will be.
  8. Going back to school as an adult is not as easy as you think it will be, and often costs you money - high school is free.
  9. Contrary to popular belief 16 is not a magic age at which dropping out is OK - many states make it a civil crime to drop out before 18 and many have laws against truancy (unexplained absences from school).
  10. Dropping out is not cool, it does not make you a tough guy, nor does it mean you are grown up or more mature - in fact it makes you the exact opposite of all these things.

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