High school dropout rate up slightly

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2002

JUNEAU - The percentage of students dropping out of Juneau-Douglas High School increased by 1.23 percent to a total of 112 students last school year, Principal Deb Morse told the School Board on Tuesday.

The dropout total represents 6.8 percent of the 1,636 students enrolled.

Morse cited several possible reasons for the increase in the rate, including a lower total enrollment at the high school and more students going to the Johnson Youth Center, a state prison for youths, and then not returning to school. She also said dropout data is collected for a longer period, October to October; in the past, it was collected from October to June.

The 112 dropouts for the 2000-01 school year included: 64 boys and 48 girls; 61 white students, 43 Alaska Native students and eight students of other ethnic backgrounds; and 32 ninth-graders, 28 10th-graders, 30 11th-graders and 22 12th-graders. Grade level was determined by the number of credits earned.

Of the 63 dropouts whose reason for leaving school was known, 54 were due to recurring non-attendance and nine were working on a GED.

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