The high school dropout rate tracks the percent of 9th – 12th graders who have dropped out of school over the course of one school year. High school drop-outs are less likely to attain economic success than those who complete high school as a high school diploma is a minimum requirement for most employment. Additionally, high school diplomas are needed to pursue post-secondary education, which leads to a higher economic status. Those who drop-out of high school are more likely to live in poverty, depend on public assistance, and become involved in crime than those who complete high school. Latino youth are at the greatest risk for dropping out of high school in large part due to language barriers.
The Top 10 results for 2012 (ranked by Dropout Rate)
|School District County||Dropout Rate||Year||Total Students||School District|
|St. Louis City||25.1||2012||St. Louis Public|
|St. Louis County||14.8||2012||Normandy|
|St. Louis County||10.2||2012||University City|
|St. Louis County||9.7||2012||Riverview Gardens|
|St. Clair County||6.8||2012||East St Louis|
|Madison County||6.3||2012||East Alton Area|
|St. Louis County||6.3||2012||Ritenour|
|St. Clair County||5.8||2012||Lebanon|
|St. Clair County||5.2||2012||Dupo|
|Madison County||4.8||2012||Granite City|
*St. Louis County has an independent school district serving children with special needs. Districts in St. Louis City, St. Charles County, St. Clair County and Madison County serve special needs children within schools.
** Formerly St. Charles Co. R-V
***Belleville, Freeburg, East Alton, and O’Fallon school districts in Illinois are not unit districts. For the purpose of this report, we have combined the elementary, middle, and high school districts.
****Data Not Available
*****Since all Special School District children are served in a single district, the median ratio was found rather than the average.
Child Trends Data Bank (2004)
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (SY 2005-2006)
Illinois State Board of Education (SY 2005-2006)