High school graduation

High school graduates are more likely to be employed, earn higher wages, experience better health outcomes, and less likely to be incarcerated than individuals without a high school diploma. A high school diploma is also generally a prerequisite for post-secondary education, workforce training, and high-quality employment.

High school graduation can be improved by education, health, workforce development, and justice strategies, but factors like family stability and community supportiveness also influence outcomes.

What sorts of strategies improve high school graduation rates?

Education and youth development strategies can improve academic achievement, student attendance, and social-emotional well-being

Health and well-being strategies can help young people avoid risky behaviors, access physical and psychological care, and receive adequate nutrition

Workforce development strategies can teach job-relevant skills, build youth confidence, and provide additional daily structure

Justice and public safety strategies can reduce youth involvement in crime, increase youth safety, and help at-risk youth re-engage with school

How are you hoping to improve high school graduation rates?

Education & youth development

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Dropout prevention programs
  • Dual enrollment/early college programs
  • Effective teaching

Health and well-being

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Mentoring, counseling, and case management
  • Nutrition programs
  • Sexual health programs

Workforce development

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Career and technical education
  • Dual enrollment/early college programs
  • Summer jobs

See all strategies to improve high school graduation