Top 10 Reasons to Dropout of High School

Top 10 Reasons to Dropout of High School

Why did you dropout of high school?  The top 10 reasons for dropping out of high school are in this article.

You can pass the GED test and it begins today

Who are you?  Are you a 17 year old dropout?  Are you the parent of a high school dropout?  Whoever you are, you can pass the GED test.  It just takes time, study, and discipline.  If I told you that you could pass the GED test would you believe me?  99.2% of first time GED test takers passed the GED in the state of Iowa in 2009.  If you’d like to learn how, visit How to Pass the GED, my new website.

But for now, here are the top 10 reasons to dropout of high school.

1)  I became a dropout because my classes weren’t interesting.

One website claims that 53% of dropouts interviewed gave that as a reason for dropping out.  When you take the high school dropout survey, you can give your own reasons.

2)  I had to dropout of high school to get a job.

I live near a Chicago high school where I have heard this excuse.  But the underlying reasons may go deeper.  Students dropout of school not to make big money working for minimum wage.  They dropout of school to make money to help their parents pay their bills.

3)  I became a parent, and then I became a dropout.

It’s hard to complete high school when you’re a single mom, or even a young married mom.  Although some high schools provide help for young single moms, it certainly isn’t common.

4)  I left high school because I was flunking everything.

Failure is a bitter pill to swallow.  Some students stop coming to high school because it’s embarrassing to fail every day in homework and tests.  The most common problem with flunking seems to be a fear of math.  Barnes and Noble’s GED Math Basics book can help you pass the math portion of  your GED test.

5)  I couldn’t graduate because my father/mother became sick.

In some families, the child ends up taking care of a sick parent.  Is it true that 22% of all high school dropouts left school to take care of a loved one?  It’s an under publicized reason for dropping out of high school.

6)  Nobody encouraged me, so I gave up.

This harsh explanation for dropping out of high school can be “sugarcoated”.  In one survey, students said:  Nobody motivated me to work hard.  Who’s responsible?  Students?  Parents?  Teachers?  Take your pick.  Without encouragement, a kind word from someone, school can seem like drudgery.

7)  Prison time forced me to dropout of high school.

I know this  is a factor.

Young people commit crimes and then serve time in juvenile detention facilities or prison time with adults.  I had at least one friend who served hard prison time and actually took courses in prison.  Unfortunately, offering the GED to young people in prison isn’t high on society’s list of priorities.  And young people in prison have other  priorities besides getting a GED.

8)  Poor health forced me to dropout.

Young people do get sick.  I haven’t seen any numbers on this but I believe people become ill, fight their illness, and then fail to complete high school.  Physical ailments are possible such as cancers or car accidents.  But young  people can also become  alcoholics and/or drug dependent.

9)  I became homeless, and then dropped  out of high school.

I live in Chicago, IL.

I remember attending a Parent Teacher meeting and then learning that homeless young people attended Lane Technical High School in Chicago.  In fact, the Chicago Public Schools  tried to keep statistics on homeless teens attending high school.

I remember my shock in realizing that kids were sleeping in a car overnight, waking up without a good breakfast, and then going to high school in rumpled dirty clothing.  Homelessness does cause kids to dropout of high school.

10)  My grade school was so horrible I never had a chance in high school.

If you attend a mediocre grade school, your chance of success in high school is greatly reduced.  When interviewed, some high school dropouts consider their grade school a source of their failure.

High school is gone, won’t you consider passing the GED test?

People drop out of high school for many reasons.  And many of those reasons have absolutely nothing to do with your intelligence.  Your parents were ill, so you dropped out of high school to support them.  You were ill, so you had to drop out.  But today is different.

7000 people drop out of high school every day.  What is less known, is that thousands of high school dropouts pass the GED test every day.  You could be one of them.

Do something positive today that will bring you one step closer to passing the GED.  Meet with a friend and ask them to be your tutor.  Visit a local GED study center.

It’s possible you might pass the GED if you took it.  Why not test yourself with 5 GED Practice Tests from Barnes and Noble.

Just because you stopped, doesn’t mean you can’t finish a journey

Yes, you dropped out of high school for some reason.  But honestly, it doesn’t mean your educational journey, your life, is over.  Do something positive today to bring you one step closer to passing the GED test.

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11 Responses to “Top 10 Reasons to Dropout of High School”

  1. I haven’t exactly dropped out of high school yet but I’m as close as you can get. I’m enrolled on an online high school but I barely ever do any work so essentially I’m out of school.
    I have chronic back pain which would probably fall under your poor health category. Though it is hard for me because basically I cannot prove that my back hurts constantly.
    I had wanted to stay at my regular high school but cut down on the number of classes that I was taking there. The administration said no. They thought that I was faking the back pain argument. And because I have no visible, easily explainable, or common injuries many people think that about me.
    I have also been sick of school for a long time. It’s boring and most of it I see no point to. I am by no means a stupid person when I did try my scores in school were very high.
    I am seriously considering taking the GED test because it’s one and done (most likely). I have been wanting to go to collage for a long time. My only problem lies with my parents I don’t know if they will let me take the test.


  2. Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply on my blog. I do hope that you join my email list so that I can email you advice as the months go by.

    Quite frankly, your response is the first full comment from a high school student on my blog. I have had educators comment on my blog but never a high school student.

    Some high school students face hard times in finishing high school. The answers aren’t easy. I wish you the very best in finishing high school or in passing your GED.

  3. I am an adult looking to obtain my GED. Your website was really helpful as I had been navigating through so many of them with much less information. I would like to attend some sort of classroom to go to before I would take the test. I am a second generation drop out and unfortunately this has passed to my 14 year old son who lives in a small town in Illinois. My suggestions for him to go back to school have fallen on a deaf ear. I look forward to the information you provide so I can go back and change the mistake I made so many years ago.

  4. Kim, I have faith in your success. Be positive, focus on passing the GED test, and then tell me about your success.

    I’ve emailed a reply to your address with more information and questions.

    Thank you so much for being a reader of my blog.

  5. ive been thinking of dropping out and instead going for my GED. i recently moved to a new school and the learning envirnment was horrible. i tried to learn but i couldnt and there were no other options as far as High school goes. i want to go to college and i plan on it. in this case its really not any problems with me rather the area and other students.

  6. Stephen,

    Why is the learning environment horrible?

    I am sending you an email in hopes of a response.


  7. Hi iim julio, i have a question. which is better? taking the a ged class by computers or the old fashion way with the teacher but without computers? i have my friend who took his ged test one, two, three, and he did not even know jack and he still past the ged test. but he went to a ged place that haves computers, because i am good with computers its just the teacher is being harsh and i like yelling all the time i dont have time for that. so whats good for me? btw i have problems with math and writing an essay i need help thank you.


  8. dear richard, btw i dropped out because I became homeless, and then dropped out of high school. and then i became traumatize, and i had alot of problems. thank you.


  9. Julio,

    A few answers from me:

    1) Since everyone learns differently, you must decide if you learn better from a computer or teacher.
    2) You are an adult now (I don’t know your age.) If a teacher is being harsh with you, speak to the teacher as an adult. Try to improve working relations with that teacher.
    3) Purchase a GED preparation book (new or used) and focus on math and writing. If it’s easier, focus on doing just one of those things better.

    By the way, start keeping a log of your GED studies each day. Know what you’ve done, keep track of it. It should show that you are studying at least 6 days a week.

    Best Wishes Julio,

  10. I’m also a high school student. I’m a bit like Anonymous, I haven’t dropped out officially but I might as well have. The thing is, I have four months of high school left but I can’t seem to force myself to go back. It’s not about my ability in school because at my best, the majority of my grades are 85s. I don’t have a solid idea of why I don’t want to finish high school. I mean, my classes (except math) aren’t bad, they’re pretty easy and my teachers are nice but I don’t know. I’d prefer to be homeschooled but my dad probably wouldn’t agree to it. I’ve been thinking about just writing my GED and being done with it.

  11. Liza,
    Thanks for your comment. But you will not find any easy advice on this blog.
    When I was 18 and a senior in high school we were always warned by our teachers about the Senior Blues. High school might seem a little boring, but finish strong for college.
    You’re 4 months from graduating and you’re a little bored? Get serious young lady. We come to learn that school is not made for your enjoyment.
    My kids and I would discuss this as I drove them to and from their high schools before they could drive. School is not for your amusement. You hope for great teachers but rarely find them. Most teachers are average, some are above average, rarely you find a great teacher.
    Be disciplined, school is your “job” right now. Focus on completing what you have started.
    In 5 months after you graduate high school you can comment on this blog thanking me for my good advice.
    Best Wishes on Graduating from your high school,

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