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Dropout Rate

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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.

Dropout Rate

The Top 10 results for 2012 (ranked by Dropout Rate)

School District CountyDropout RateYearTotal StudentsSchool District
St. Louis City25.12012St. Louis Public
St. Louis County14.82012Normandy
St. Louis County10.22012University City
St. Louis County9.72012Riverview Gardens
St. Clair County6.82012East St Louis
Madison County6.32012East Alton Area
St. Louis County6.32012Ritenour
St. Clair County5.82012Lebanon
St. Clair County5.22012Dupo
Madison County4.82012Granite City

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*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.

U.S: 10.0%
Child Trends Data Bank (2004)
MO: 4.0%
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (SY 2005-2006)
IL: 3.5%
Illinois State Board of Education (SY 2005-2006)