Facts & Figures


  • High school graduates are more likely to be employed, make higher taxable income, and aid in job generation.
  • High school graduates are less likely to engage in criminal behavior or require social services.
  • The nation’s economy depends on skilled labor. Business leaders report difficulty in finding enough qualified employees with the skills, training and education to meet their companies’ needs.


  • Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds — or 7,000 students a day.
  • About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time.
  • A high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over his/her lifetime. And almost a million dollars less than a college graduate.
  • Low-income students are graduating at a rate that’s almost 15% below the rate for their non-low-income peers.