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Did you know we're battling an epidemic?

  • At the end of every school day, 7,000 more students have dropped out of school.
  • Almost one-third of all students fail to graduate high school with their class; among ethnic minorities, the dropout rate is almost 50 percent.
  • Dropouts are more likely than their peers to be unemployed, live in poverty, have poor health, depend upon social services and go to prison.
  • Dropouts earn $9,200 less per year than high school graduates and about $1 million less over a lifetime than college graduates.
  • One measure puts the cost to society for each dropout who later moves into a life of crime or drugs at somewhere between $1.7 to $2.3 million.

Source: The Silent Epidemic; Bridgeland, Dilulio and Morison; 2006.

But, there is cause for hope. Did you know…?
There is a solution to the dropout crisis that is proven, effective, replicable and sustainable. The Last Dropout offers nine key principles that Bill Milliken has tested over three decades.