Experts say that dropouts have some things in common:
• They feel as though they do not belong in their high school.
• They often have family members who have dropped out.
• They may be dealing with family problems, including divorce, death or teen pregnancy.
• They often avoid talking with counselors or teachers about their progress in school.
Do any of these things apply to your child? If so, play an active role in keeping your child in school. Here are suggestions:
• Help your child see the link between school and the “real world.” Encourage your teen to sign up for classes that have a work component— distributive education or vocational classes.
• Look for a mentor. Many schools, community organizations and churches sponsor programs that link teens with adults.
Are you a high school dropout? Go back to school to get your General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Or, sign up for a course at a local community college.
For more information, contact the National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson University, 205 Martin Street, Clemson, SC 29634; 803-656-9599.
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